Select or design an implementation model, taking into account class schedule, budget, and teacher availability.
Identify teachers with interest and experience in School-Connect objectives who would be available to teach School-Connect. Identify a lead teacher to guide and support the other teachers.
Design a scope and sequence (which lessons are taught with what frequency and over what period of time) given your class schedule, student population, and goals. Use the S-C Implementation Plan as a guide.
Create a budget to cover materials (one curriculum per teacher, workbooks if teaching all lessons) and staff compensation, if applicable.
STEP 6: Make Course Corrections if Necessary Is the program on track? Are any modifications needed?
Discuss data results and feedback from students, teachers, administrators, and parents.
Brainstorm solutions to any bumps in the road.
Take time to acknowledge and celebrate progress; we often forge ahead without taking time to appreciate how far we've come.
Consider writing personal thank you notes or e-mails to students and colleagues.
Inform parents of positive behavioral changes in their children through personal notes or calls.
Include recognition in staff meetings or school assemblies.
Publish evaluation data and anecdotal examples in the school newsletter or local paper.
Careful Planning Reaps Benefits
Oak Lawn Community High School in Oak Lawn, Illinois experiences positive results from their SEL initiative.
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“I think it’s really important to have evaluation as a piece of your initiative…There’s a misconception that when we’re talking about social and emotional learning, it’s all touchy feely and there’s no way to really get a handle on it, but with the right tools you can measure anything.”
— Lauren May, Co-chair, Student Improvement Team, Oak Lawn Community High School