Social Emotional Learning (SEL) / Mental Health
A growing body of research shows that proactive support of students' social emotional development and mental health contribute to positive outcomes in many realms of life, including academic achievement and career readiness. Increasingly, school districts recognize the need to integrate social emotional learning and mental health supports within the educational setting. However, they do not always have access to the information, training, resources, and infrastructure to do this work systemically.
This Academy is designed to help districts integrate SEL and mental health within an MTSS framework and align the work with existing priorities, systems, and practices. Selected schools will participate in 3 years of professional development, coaching, networking, and technical assistance. Education Development Center (EDC) and Transforming Education (TransformEd) design and facilitate the SEL/Mental Health Academy and assist participants in uncovering and building upon existing strengths—and address critical gaps—in stakeholder support, stakeholder capacity, and systems-level capacity to do the important work of addressing the SEL and MH of all students, across all levels of need. The Academy will cover topics including: the collection, analysis, and triangulation of data; building classroom educator capacity to teach, model, and integrate social emotional learning within core instruction; strengthening student support workers' capacity to provide targeted, evidence based mental health interventions; and developing more effective systems to leverage and collaborate with community partners and local mental health providers.
The SEL/Mental Health Academy will provide district and school teams with the following:
- Needs assessment focusing on each team's strengths, goals, opportunities for growth and capacity-building priorities
- Annual 3-day in-person professional development institute
- Monthly interactive learning opportunities offered through online and/or in-person events
- 40 hours per year of technical assistance (in-district or virtual depending on school preference)