The Story of an SEL Program and Change Leadership

In the 11th largest district of Texas, the Counseling department envisioned a new approach to helping students during the pandemic and utilized ESSR funding to spearhead the development and implementation of a district-wide social emotional learning program for 10 high schools with 15,000+ students. I was invited to lead a team of 5-9 facilitators as we went through the process of change leadership, starting with mission and vision and designing a new system, completing a variety of projects and tasks (adapting CASEL's implementation framework) to build and maintain a social emotional learning program across the district's high schools.

SEL Update Dec 2021.pdf

Update for Campus Administration

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My role was to develop and design adaptable systems and manage multiple projects such as:

  • Manage project planning and execution of tasks by a cross-functional team of 5 - 9 facilitators, including creating detailed timelines, executing logistics, tracking team deliverables, troubleshooting, and overall daily management of program operations with little supervision

  • Oversee both relationship management of facilitators and logistical support for the program, such as deliverable deadlines, team calendars, and holding remote and in-person check-ins

  • Implement logistic pieces such as co-write the mission and vision for a SEL competency-based program and design the logo and common standards document

  • Interface with multiple high-impact stakeholders (community events, leadership at both campus and district levels)

  • Write curriculum for weekly advisory lessons that reached over 15,000 students and newsletters for 1,000+ staff

  • Plan successful community events, such as health fairs, wellness fairs, and more

  • Develop an evaluation system for, and in conjunction with, SEL facilitators

  • Manage conflict within the team and local community, adapting the program and changing action plans as needed

  • Manage long-view timelines, projections, budgeting, culture building, and gaining stakeholder buy-in in a low engagement environment

Examples of Documents Created as Part of the Implementation Process

Proposed SEL Program Implementation.pdf

Blueprint for 22-23

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September Newsletter 22

Example Newsletter

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Instructional Review Committee SEL Overview

Parent One Pager

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“Change is the end result of all true learning.” ― Leo Buscaglia

“Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.” ― Aristotle