Implementing Social Emotional Learning

 

Selecting SEL Strategies and Programs

As schools develop SEL goals and priorities and create systematic plans for implementing SEL they may consider adopting a packaged SEL program or set of SEL strategies. In addition to locally developed SEL goals, priorities, and needs, it is recommended that the SEL lessons and/or program meet the SAFE criteria to maximize the effectiveness of school-based SEL (CASEL, 2019):

  • Sequenced- connected and coordinated activities to foster skills development
  • Active- active forms of learning to help students master new skills
  • Focused- containing activities that clearly emphasize developing personal and social skills
  • Explicit- targeting specific social and emotional skills

As mentioned, school-based SEL is most effective when evidence-based and promising practice strategies and programs are delivered by trusted adults and opportunities to practice SEL skills are provided (CASEL, 2019). Many SEL programs have undergone research and testing and CASEL has developed a program guide to help schools identify evidence-based programs. With the CASEL program guide tool, schools can search for and compare programs that best align with school and community SEL goals and needs. It is common practice for schools to request SEL program suppliers provide information about how their SEL program aligns with the Montana SEL Competencies.

 

 

 

The successful implementation of SEL requires careful planning. If you have not already done so, we invite you to check out our Planning page.

Planning for SEL

Resources for School Administrators

Implementing Social Emotional Learning in Montana Schools: Community of Practice This  five-part community of practice will guide schools through the process of reviewing, adopting, and implementing social emotional learning (SEL). This series is for school leaders who are taking steps to explore SEL implementation and/or strengthen their current SEL program.

CASEL SEL 3 Signature Practices: This playbook serves as a tool for implementing systemic social emotional learning through three signature SEL practices: welcoming routines, engaging pedagogy, and optimistic closures.  

Shared Strategies to Support American Indian Students: The strategies featured in this document are those that have been selected as the most promising to support American Indian students. They are rooted in the advice and experience of Montana tribes, educators and students. The creation of this document was supported by the Office of Public Instruction's Tribal Relations and Resiliency Unit. For more information, contact Donnie Wetzel

Resources for Classroom Teachers

CASEL Integration of SEL and Academic Instruction- This tool provides guidance on how to integrate SEL with academic instruction.

CASEL SEL 3 Signature Practices: This playbook serves as a tool for implementing systemic social emotional learning through three signature SEL practices: welcoming routines, engaging pedagogy, and optimistic closures.  

SEL Kernels- Developed by Harvard University, SEL Kernels are specific activities of strategies that are commonly used by research-based programs to support the growth and development of social and emotional learning skills and competencies.  

Shared Strategies to Support American Indian Students: The strategies featured in this document are those that have been selected as the most promising to support American Indian students. They are rooted in the advice and experience of Montana tribes, educators and students. The creation of this document was supported by the Office of Public Instruction's Tribal Relations and Resiliency Unit. For more information, contact Donnie Wetzel

Resources for Caregivers and Community Organizations

The Aspen Institute- Call for Coaches: Coaching Social and Emotional Skills in Youth Sports: This tool provides guidance on positive youth development and leveraging coaching of youth sports and other physical activities to grow social and emotional development in youth participants. 

Montana After School Alliance Activity Guides- Many of the guides featured on this page build social and emotional skills through activities that strengthen empathy, foster greater social awareness, support emotional well-being, and more. You can also search for out-of-school programs to build partnerships using the Montana Afterschool Database

Parenting Montana- Parenting Montana was designed specifically for Montana parents and those in a parenting role to address everyday challenges like creating a homework routine, supporting reading, or managing anger while at the same time growing their child's social and emotional skills.    

SEL Kernels- Developed by Harvard University, SEL Kernels are specific activities of strategies that are commonly used by research-based programs to support the growth and development of social and emotional learning skills and competencies. 

Shared Strategies to Support American Indian Students: The strategies featured in this document are those that have been selected as the most promising to support American Indian students. They are rooted in the advice and experience of Montana tribes, educators and students. The creation of this document was supported by the Office of Public Instruction's Tribal Relations and Resiliency Unit. For more information, contact Donnie Wetzel

 

More pages and information coming soon!

Through partnerships with local education agencies (LEA) and other stakeholders, the Montana Office of Public Instruction (OPI) is supporting effective school-based programs and strategies to develop social and emotional skills. These efforts are ongoing and additional information will be added to these pages over the next year.  

Please contact us at: 

Michele Henson, School Safety Program Manager, 406-595-1058