We know that social-emotional learning (SEL) is important, but the push back for instructional time is often the argument for the lack of instruction. Policy and research-based models show that students benefit from this type of instruction, so how do we help build support and make time for SEL instruction in schools?
As with any program, the key is to focus on an integrated approach that has stakeholder buy-in. Collaborating Districts Initiative (CDI), organized in 2011 to focus on SEL implementation and impact, collected data over the last decade and found that “even the very modest investments in SEL can pay off for individuals, schools, and society.”
Read the full report at https://casel.org/key-findings/ and examine this helpful infographic inspired by the report findings.
You Don’t Need a Big Budget
The study found that with an implementation plan, stakeholder involvement, and even a small budget, SEL is possible. You don’t have to wait! You can start now.
How does SEL Instruction impact your school community?
- Improved Academics
- Improved School Environments
- Improved Behavior
Not sure where to begin? Here are a few action steps to get you started now:
- Organize stakeholders
- Learn more about SEL
- Create an action plan for implementation
- Determine what resources you need
- Organize professional learning for adults to prepare them
- Integrate SEL into Curriculum and School-wide curriculum and policies
- Get your community involved
- Use data to inform and guide practice
As BUOY Consultants, we support districts by helping them identify and understand Social-Emotional Learning issues and build awareness in their community. We then provide a framework for implementation planning and rollout.
For those who have already begun, we can provide ongoing support through Professional Learning, Resources, and Integration/Implementation Services.
We are in this together, and we can’t wait to inspire you to go further.