PROMOTING SCHOOLWIDE WELL-BEING AND SOCIAL-EMOTIONAL LEARNING
There is a pressing need to develop a positive school culture and climate that fosters the development of well-being and social and emotional skills among students and staff. To overcome barriers often associated with labour intensive and complicated assessment tools, the Assessment of Schoolwide Well-being and SEL was developed to provide a flexible, free, easy to use assessment toolkit that provides a holistic and strength-based approach to school growth planning that promotes healthy schoolwide well-being and SEL. The toolkit also provides research-based resources to assist with the growth planning process.
HOW TO USE THE SCHOOL ASSESSMENT
Assesing Your Schoolwide Well-Being
4 PILLARS OF SCHOOL WELL-BEING & SEL
This graphic illustrates the 4 essential pillars of schoolwide well-being and SEL. As can be seen in the graphic the student is in the centre and the 4 pillars are all interconnected with one another.
THE CONTINUOUS SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT PROCESS
This graphic illustrates the 7 phases of the continuous schoolwide improvement process. Start with building a leadership team and progress through each of the phases.
There are 2 versions of the tool for conducting the assessment and growth plan: The Assessment Spreadsheet OR the Assessment Workbook. Choose the layout that is best suited to the needs and preferences of your team.
1. ASSESSMENT SPREADSHEET
The Assessment Spreadsheet version is laid out horizontally and has less room for recording details but allows you to see more of the assessment at a glance. This option is great for recording a shortened summary of the plan.
2. ASSESMENT WORKBOOK
The Assessment Workbook is laid out vertically and the editable PDF allows you to expand the text to take up as much room as needed. You can also choose just one pillar of the assessment process for focusing on a specific area.
3. INDICATORS OF SCHOOLWIDE SEL
The Indicators of Schoolwide SEL tool is provided to assist SEL teams in completing the assessment. It is not meant to be used for evaluation purposes, but to help set implementation goals, reflect on and track progress or develop and adjust action plans.
Resources For School Growth Planning
The resources that correlate with each of the 4 pillars of school well-being and SEL can be accessed by clicking on the accordion dropdown arrows to the left of each topic below. Click on the arrow again to collapse the accordion dropdown. To access the resource documents, click on the specific resource titles in blue font.
SCHOOLWIDE POLICIES, PROCEDURES & PROCESSES
SEL Team Champions Schoolwide SEL is led by a team that is composed of individuals who are representative of the full school community.
Supportive Discipline Discipline policies and practices are instructive, restorative, developmentally appropriate, and equitably enforced.
Multi-Tiered System of Student Supports SEL is seamlessly integrated into a continuum of academic and behavioral supports, which are available to ensure that all student needs are met.
Implementation Plan The SEL team has developed an SEL implementation plan. This plan is integrated into schoolwide planning documents and is referenced and revised regularly.
Professional Learning A professional learning plan for SEL offers staff regular opportunities to cultivate adult SEL and learn how to promote SEL for students.
SUPPORTIVE ENVIRONMENTS - SOCIAL AND PHYSICAL
Supportive School and Classroom Climates School and classroom environments are supportive, culturally responsive, and focused on fostering relationships and a sense of belonging among everyone in the school community.
Supportive Physical Environments The school and classrooms are set up in a way that creates a warm and welcoming environment, inclusivity, and connectedness.
TEACHING AND LEARNING PRACTICES AND SEL INSTRUCTION
SEL Integrated Instruction School and classroom environments are supportive, culturally responsive, and focused on fostering relationships and a sense of belonging among everyone in the school community.
Child and Youth Voice and Choice The school and classrooms are set up in a way that creates a warm and welcoming environment, inclusivity, and connectedness.
FAMILY AND COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS
Authentic Family Partnerships School and classroom environments are supportive, culturally responsive, and focused on fostering relationships and a sense of belonging among everyone in the school community.