Leading SEL Change in Schools

May 2022

Leading SEL Change in Schools

Social and emotional learning is most effective when it is firmly rooted and nourished so it can grow throughout the entire school community. How can school leaders take the steps to create change in schools and districts? What does a school-wide approach to SEL look like, and what does it look like to commit to SEL for the long term? In this issue, we hear from school leaders with their stories of what worked for them, what didn’t, and where they are now with SEL in their schools and districts.

Articles in this Issue

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May 2022

Implementing Initiatives Effectively

By Karen Poplawski

One night, while unwinding from a day of work in the school district, I was watching an episode of one of my favorite cooking shows, Chopped. If you’re unfamiliar with…

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May 2022

Meeting Students’ Social-Emotional Supports Through Extracurricular Activities

By Kenneth Hayes, EdD, Angila Moffitt, EdD

Educational leaders have a responsibility to address the social-emotional needs of high school students. Through the years, expectations for schools to perform—and to do so at high levels—have increased exponentially.…

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May 2022

Funding Forward for Impact

By Terrence McAllister and Tina Mashburn The K–12 education system has experienced an unprecedented impact from the pandemic, exposing systemic inequities, learning loss, and traumatic experiences. No one expected or…

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May 2022

Making Time for Social and Emotional Learning in Schools

By Margie Dorshorst “If I had a dollar for every decision I make in a year, I’d be rich!” These words are the sentiment of many school leaders who have…

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May 2022

Leading the Way

Reflect on the SEL journey your school community has taken this year. What changes have you seen in your community (students, educators, caregivers, administrators) that connect to your thoughtful work…

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May 2022

Leading the Way: A Successful Start

Aliza Kadish, one of the school leaders who has contributed all year long to our Leading the Way feature, reflects on her school’s SEL journey during the 2021–2022 school year.…

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