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The SEL Coach
Planning and Implementation Resources for Social Emotional Learning Leaders

First Edition


July 2022 | 224 pages | Corwin

Your guide to transforming SEL ideas into actions and practice into process

While social-emotional learning (SEL) is regularly identified as a top priority for student well-being and achievement, effective implementation will not happen on its own. That’s what makes the SEL coach critical to success.

Effective systems change happens with an SEL coach who has the skills to lead, communicate, analyze, train, collaborate, and innovate. Whether you are brand new to the position or have been an SEL coach for some time, this book will provide you with all the resources and ideas you need to take implementation to the next level. Jennifer Rogers shares the secrets to enriching your coaching skillset, including

  • Data Collection—strategic monitoring of the implementation progress
  • Training—engaging staff in learning and advocating for their needs
  • Communication—listening actively, modeling, and summarizing
  • Team-Leading—creating an environment that is supportive and goal-focused

The lessons and examples in this book produce coaching competencies and qualities necessary to transform practices into processes, ideas into action plans, and goals into outcomes. Learn how to be a successful SEL implementor with this strategy-packed guidebook!

 
PREFACE: To Superintendents, District and Building Administrators
 
PREFACE: To the SEL Coach
 
Chapter 1: The Social Emotional Learning Coaching Rule
SEL Coach Roles and Responsibilities

 
Definition of roles

 
SEL Coaching Competencies

 
Change Agent Mindset

 
Previous experience/looking forward

 
 
Chapter 2: Integrating a SEL Coach in your system
Another coach? Why a SEL coach?

 
Collaboration with other roles in your system

 
What if SEL coach is not your only role?

 
The Important Relationship between SEL Coach and Administration

 
The SEL coach is the navigator

 
 
Chapter 3: Getting the system ready for Social Emotional Learning
Foundational Learning of Social Emotional Learning

 
Systemic Implementation of SEL

 
Framework for SEL Coaches: Practice and Process

 
The Issue of Sustainability

 
Focus on equity

 
Conduct a needs assessment

 
An Action Plan for Systemic Clarity

 
 
Chapter 4: Advance Your Practice: Leader/Facilitator
Phase 1: Learn about the District Vision

 
Phase 1: School Readiness- Working with Administrators

 
Phase 1: Positive School Culture through Positive Relationships

 
Phase 1: Understanding Beliefs

 
Phase 1: Know What Your People Know about SEL

 
Phase 1: Inventory the programs and initiatives

 
Phase 1: Organizational Capacity: Practices and Processes

 
Phase 2: Focus on Importance of Prevention

 
Phase 2: Making Prevention Compelling

 
Phase 2: Choosing programs and interventions

 
Phase 2: Promote student engagement

 
Phase 3: Braid your current interventions to determine gaps

 
Phase 3: The Process for Accessing Targeted Interventions

 
Phase 3: Enhance student voice through youth advisory board

 
Phase 3: Creating an intervention matrix

 
Phase 4: Year at a Glance

 
Phase 4: Creating a Universal Intervention manual

 
Phase 4: Organize materials for ease of use

 
 
Chapter 5: Advance your practice: Creating Teams that Work
Phase 1: Developing a team

 
Phase 1: SEL Team Roles

 
Phase 1: General shared commitments

 
Phase 1: Norms for practice

 
Phase 1: Agendas that work

 
Phase 1: SEL team meeting minutes

 
Phase 1: Introducing the team

 
Phase 2: Consensus practices

 
Phase 2: The Feedback Flow- Between the coach and team

 
Phase 2: Motivating a team

 
Phase 2: Maintaining SEL team

 
Phase 2: Recruit and train new members of the team

 
Phase 3: Team Data Analysis

 
Phase 3: Attuning to your SEL team

 
Phase 4: Check in 6

 
 
Chapter 6: Advance your practice: Data support
Phase 1: Qualitative vs. quantitative data

 
Phase 1: Historical Data: Understand historical data

 
Phase 1: Climate/Culture Data

 
Phase 2: Create SMART goals

 
Phase 2: Create “In the Moment” Data Collection

 
Phase 2: When choosing an assessment- Universal Screener

 
Phase 3: Problem solving action plan

 
Phase 3: Progress Monitoring with a Tiered Fidelity Inventory

 
Phase 4: Learning more about strategies used by individual teachers

 
Phase 4: Understanding Evaluation outcomes

 
 
Chapter 7: Advance your practice: Professional Development
Phase 1: Universal Social Emotional Learning

 
Phase 1: How to build educator capacity

 
Phase 1: Preparing for Professional Development

 
Phase 1: Intervention practices as described by teachers

 
Phase 1: Delivering Professional Development

 
Phase 2: Choosing interventions

 
Phase 2: Scaffolding trainings for interventions by role

 
Phase 2: Enhancing classroom procedures after professional development

 
Phase 3: Self-reflection on professional development

 
Phase 3: Learn from other’s experiences through an exit ticket

 
Phase 3: Efficacy and fidelity of coaching role

 
Phase 4: Training Others

 
Phase 4: A Scope and Sequence Document

 
Phase 4: Determine who will do what in Universal Implementation

 
 
Chapter 8: Advance your practice: Coaching
Phase 1: Clarity for the Coaching Role

 
Phase 1: Getting Administration Feedback on Coaching

 
Phase 1: A letter to introduce the coach role with teacher

 
Phase 1: Introductions Matter- Working with stakeholders

 
Phase 1: Observations: What is the precedence?

 
Phase 1: Assess Your Adult SEL

 
Phase 2: What can the SEL coach do to support staff through coaching?

 
Phase 2: How can the SEL Coach work with educational stakeholders?

 
Phase 2: When coaching?

 
Phase 3: Building Collaborative Relationships through Empowerment

 
Phase 3: Non-evaluative feedback through observation

 
Phase 3: Ownership of SEL implementation

 
Phase 3: Adult SEL: How to build teacher capacity

 
Phase 4: Maintaining confidentiality in coaching conversations

 
Phase 4: Working through resistance

 
Phase 4: Support request form

 
Phase 4: Monitor the effectiveness of the SEL Coach

 
 
Chapter 9: Advance your practice: Communicator
Phase 1: Areas of communication

 
Phase 1: Collaboration: With Whom Have You Collaborated

 
Phase 1: Levels of communication

 
Phase 1: Selling SEL- Coaches version

 
Phase 1: Yearly report

 
Phase 2: Engaging Parents/Families in the work

 
Phase 2: A Parent/Family Network: Education Through Parent Workshops

 
Phase 3: Parent/Guardian Workshop

 
Phase 3: Parent/Family Feedback

 
Phase 4: Investing in Community Stakeholders

 
Phase 4: Advocating for building your infrastructure

 
 
Chapter 10: Support for SEL coaches
Create a personal mission statement

 
Types of support

 
Get Feedback from Principals

 
Prioritizing coaching support checklist for administrators

 
Creating boundaries around the work

 
Personal plan-The Oxygen Mask

 
Shield exercise

 
The importance of self-care

 
Check in on yourself

 
Creating supportive relationships

 
 
References

Free resources

Why Does Your School Need an SEL Coach?

Why Does Your School Need an SEL Coach?

Jennifer Rogers, author of The SEL Coach, reflects on the need for effective SEL implementation in schools, plus shares her insights into six roles that the SEL coach can play in your school.

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