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Leading for Change Through Whole-School Social-Emotional Learning

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. 

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  
Self-Care: Putting Yourself On The To-Do List  
Conclusion Of Chapter  
Chapter 2: Whole School Social Emotional Learning
Research On Social Emotional Learning  
Powerful Evidence Supporting The Impact Of Enhancing Student SEL  
Multi-Tiered Systems Of Support And Sel: Universal Support For All Students  
Social Emotional Learning And Positive School Culture  
Conclusion Of Chapter  
Chapter 3: Strategy #1: Identify Your Why
Inspiration Leads To Action  
Beliefs As Barriers To Action  
The Mascot, The Carrot, Or The Competitor  
Why Is The Driver For Who, What, When And Where  
Conclusion Of Chapter  
Chapter 4: Strategy #2: Adopt A Framework
Frameworks, Models, And Interventions, Oh My!  
The Importance Of Process Toward The Solution  
Conclusion Of Chapter  
Chapter 5: Strategy #3 Do Your Detective Work: Data Collection & 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  
Reflection Questions  
Chapter 6: Strategy #4: Work With Others To Develop A Vision
Vision Statement  
Vision For Leadership  
Your School Leaders- Are They On Board?  
Vision Standards  
Practitioner’s Voice  
Reflection Questions  
Chapter 7: Strategy #5- The Politics Of Your Workplace
Understanding The Politics Of Your Workplace (Yes, Even In Kindergarten)  
Social Learning Theory  
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  
Reflection Questions  
Chapter 8: Strategy #6 Develop An Action Plan
Making Stuff Happen- It’s All About A Plan  
You Say You Want An Interventions  
Action Planning  
Practicing Social Emotional Learning  
What Is Loose And What Is Tight?  
What Do We Want? Change! When Do We Want It? Should’ve Happened Yesterday  
Practitioner’s Voice  
Reflection Questions  
Chapter 9: Strategy #7: Invest In Your Infrastructure
What Is Infrastructure And Why Do We Need It?  
Fidelity Of Implementation  
Building Capacity  
Education Of Stakeholders: Not Only One Voice  
Infrastructure Issues: The Leadership Merry Go Round  
Practitioner’s Voice  
Reflection Questions  
Chapter 10: Strategy #8- Plan For Resistance To Change
Resistance To Change  
Challenge Scenarios  
General Strategies  
Practitioner’s Voice  
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  
Sensitive To Outcome Overload  
Overall Goal Of Assessing Intervention: Improving Systemic Integration And Sustainability  
Practitioner’s Voice  
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! Ok, Now Back To Work  
Revise And Resubmit: The Evolution Of Your Intervention  
Practitioner’s Voice  
Reflection Questions  
Chapter 13: Conclusion
A Final Message For You: The Agent Of Change  
Figure 1.1- Reflections On Your Practice: Self-Care  
Figure 2.1- Evidence For Teachers  
Figure 2.2- Evidence For Administrators  
Figure 2.3- Evidence For Parents  
Figure 2.4- Evidence For College/Career Readiness  
Figure 2.5- Evidence For Mental Health Practitioners  
Figure 2.6- Student Inclusion  
Figure 2.7 - Perspectives On Your School  
Graphic 3.1- Beliefs Graphic  
Graphic 3.2- How Can We Understand Our Staff Beliefs?  
Figure 3.1- Motivation Quiz  
Figure 3.2- Why I Do It?  
Graphic 4.1- Adopting A Framework  
Figure 5.1- Data Currently Collected  
Figure 5.2- Problem Solving Process Example  
Figure 5.3- Universal Screener Comparison Sheet  
Figure 5.4- Formative Assessment Examples  
Figure 5.5- Accountability Tool  
Figure 6.1- Braiding Example  
Figure 6.2- Sound Bite Examples  
Graphic 6.1- Vision For Leadership Graphic  
Figure 6.3- Identify Change Agents  
Figure 6.4- Principal Checklist  
Graphic 7.1- Sociogram Table Example  
Graphic 7.2- Sociogram Results Example  
Figure 7.1- An Introductory Conversation About Previous Interventions  
Figure 8.1- Action Steps  
Figure 8.2- Safe Implementation  
Figure 8.3- Instructional Practices Questionnaire- Elementary  
Figure 8.4- Instructional Practices Questionnaire- Middle  
Figure 8.5- Instructional Practices Questionnaire- High  
Graphic 8.1- Putting It All Together Graphic  
Figure 9.1- Fidelity Of Implementation  
Figure 10.1- Planning For Challenge  
Figure 11.1- Descriptive Data About Your School  
Graphic 11.1- Sel Intervention Outcomes  
Figure 11.2- Measuring Your Sel Implementation  
Figure 11.3- School Outcomes And Implications Of Change  
Figure 12.1- Systems Change Model  
Figure 12.2- What Is Your Story?  
Sample Exit Ticket  

"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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