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Leading for Change Through Whole-School Social-Emotional Learning
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Leading for Change Through Whole-School Social-Emotional Learning
Strategies to Build a Positive School Culture



April 2019 | 232 pages | Corwin

Develop and cultivate a positive school culture!

Calling all change agents! If you are hoping to join other schools and districts across the country that are adopting Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) programs and practices to improve student outcomes and teacher  capacity, then you’ve found the right book.

Let Jennifer Rogers share her specialized experience in developing and implementing behavioral and social-emotional programs and support with you. The practical framework outlined in this book comprises real-world experiences and evidence-based strategies to integrate systemic change toward a positive school culture. With sustainable practices in mind, this guide features 

  • thought-provoking worksheets to explore staff understanding of SEL, collect evidence, influence instruction, and more 
  • a step-by-step rubric to guide implementation with recommendations
  • resources to explore at the end of each chapter
  • reflection questions to promote deeper thinking

SEL is about both prevention and intervention. For the stakeholders engaged in this work who must think reflectively about schools, this book offers the support, strategies, processes, and tools, to teach students these competencies in a comprehensive and sustainable way. 


 
Preface
 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Author
 
Introduction: Using Social-Emotional Learning to Make Your School More Positive and Productive
What Does Social-Emotional Learning Have to Do With Systems Change?

 
Fair Warning: The Challenge Of Systems Change

 
 
Chapter 1: Why Now?
Mental Health Of Our Students

 
Adverse Childhood Experiences

 
The Changing Dynamics Of Our Classrooms

 
Burnout And Stress Of Teachers

 
Prevention

 
Outcomes

 
The Who Is You

 
The First Step—Self-Care: Putting Yourself on the To-Do List

 
Practitioner’s Voice

 
Reflection Questions

 
Resources

 
 
Chapter 2: Whole-School Social-Emotional Learning—Research on SEL
What Is Social-Emotional Learning?

 
SEL Core Competencies

 
Powerful Evidence Supporting The Impact Of Enhancing Students’ Social-Emotional Skills

 
Multitiered Systems Of Support And Sel: Universal Support For All Students

 
SEL and School Culture

 
Practitioner’s Voice

 
Resources

 
Reflection Questions

 
 
Chapter 3: Strategy #1: Identify Your Why
Inspiration Leads to Action

 
Beliefs as Barriers to Action

 
The Mascot, the Carrot, and the Competition

 
Why Is the Driver for Who, What, When, and Where

 
Practitioner’s Voice

 
 
Chapter 4: Strategy #2: Adopt A Framework
Framework, Model, and Intervention, Oh My!

 
Read the Directions Before Application: Choosing a Framework

 
The Importance of Process When Choosing a Framework

 
 
Chapter 5: Strategy #3: Do Your Detective Work—Data Collection and Data Analysis
Ask Questions

 
Using Data Thoughtfully

 
Large Data Sets: Needs Assessment, Universal Screeners, Skill Assessments, and Surveys

 
In the Moment: Data Collection

 
How Do We Gather Data About Our School and Community?

 
Developing Your Own Accountability Tool

 
Practitioner’s Voice

 
Resources

 
Reflection Questions

 
 
Chapter 6: Strategy #4: Work With Others to Develop a Vision to Guide Change
Vision Statement

 
Vision for Leadership

 
Your School Leaders—Are They on Board?

 
Vision Standards

 
Practitioner’s Voice

 
Resources

 
Reflection Questions

 
 
Chapter 7: Strategy #5: Understand the Politics of Your Workplace
Understanding the Politics of Your Workplace (Yes, Even In Kindergarten)

 
Social Network Theory

 
History of Interventions

 
Importance of Who Is on the Team

 
The “What” of School SEL Teams

 
Making Working Together Work

 
More Issues

 
Things to Consider When Hiring an Expert

 
Practitioner’s Voice

 
Resources

 
Reflection Questions

 
 
Chapter 8: Strategy #6: Develop an Action Plan for Implementation
Making Stuff Happen—It’s All About a Plan

 
You Say You Want an Interventions

 
Action Planning

 
Practicing SEL

 
What Is Loose and What Is Tight?

 
What Do We Want? Change! When Do We Want It? Should’ve Happened Yesterday!

 
Practitioner’s Voice

 
Resources

 
Reflection Questions

 
 
Chapter 9: Strategy #7: Invest in Your Infrastructure
What Is Infrastructure And Why Do We Need It?

 
Fidelity of Implementation

 
Building Capacity

 
Empowering Student Voice

 
Parent/Family Involvement

 
Building Community Understanding

 
Infrastructure Issues: The Leadership Merry-Go-Round

 
Practitioner’s Voice

 
Resources

 
Reflection Questions

 
 
Chapter 10: Strategy #8: Plan for Resistance to Change
Resistance to Change

 
Challenge Scenarios

 
Practitioner’s Voice

 
Resources

 
Reflection Questions

 
 
Chapter 11: Strategy #9: Assess Your Outcomes
Gold Standard for Change: The “Fire Drill Effect”

 
Big Question: Did Anything Change for the Better?

 
SEL Intervention Outcomes

 
Measuring Your SEL Implementation

 
Be Sensitive to Outcome Overload

 
Overall Goal of Assessing Outcomes: Improving Systemic Integration and Sustainability

 
Practitioner’s Voice

 
Resources

 
Reflection Questions

 
 
Chapter 12: Strategy #10: Fill in the Gaps of Your Foundation
Filling in Gaps

 
Revisiting the Past: How Is Your Framework Meeting Your Needs?

 
Celebration Time! Okay, Now Back to Work

 
Revise and Resubmit: The Evolution of Your Intervention

 
Practitioner’s Voice

 
Resources

 
Reflection Questions

 
 
Chapter 13: Conclusion
A Final Message for You: The Agent of Change

 
 
Appendix 1: SEL and System Change Strategies Rubric
 
Appendix 2: Professional Development Exit Ticket
 
Appendix 3: Figures and Graphics
 
References
 
Index
Resources

 
Reflection Questions

 
Practitioner’s Voice

 
Resources

 
Reflection Questions

 

"School leaders are rarely provided with resources and support to implement large scale changes. Leading for Change Through Whole-School Social-Emotional Learning is written in a handbook format and provides educators with implementation strategies and evaluation tools to address school climate."

Carol Campbell, High School Principal, Grant High School
Grant High School

"Social-emotional learning is the new 'it' topic, yet little is available on how to truly implement it in a practical way. This book is ideal for administrators trying to shift school culture as well as lead teachers." 

Georgina Castilleja, Middle School Principal, Houston Independent School District
Houston Independent School District

“As a front-line educator, seriously considering making a personal and professional commitment to serve as a change agent might be a scary proposition. This book serves as an encouraging guide to the brave ones who step up to do what it seems we all, by now, are aware we will eventually need to do.”

Gloria Avolio, Ph.D., School Counselor, Hillsborough County Public Schools
Hillsborough County Public Schools

Leading for Change Through Whole-School Social-Emotional Learning provides personally relevant insights for change agents in need of support to transform culture for the whole individual and in turn for the entire school." 

Debbie Arakaki, Curriculum Coordinator and Coach, Kalihi Uka Elementary School
Kalihi Uka Elementary School

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