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The SEL Coach

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

First Edition

July 2022 | 232 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


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