Building Supportive School Communities: The Impact of Social/Emotional Learning and Equity

In September 2016 the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) launched the Equity Work Group – a collaboration between CASEL and the Collaborating Districts Initiative (CDI) – 10 school districts across the country that are focused on the integration and alignment of social and emotional learning (SEL) and equity to build supportive school communities. The aim of the Equity Work Group (EWG) is to assist district leaders (specifically SEL and Equity Leads) in helping teachers, principals and staff be more thoughtful and strategic in their development of effective, integrated SEL practices and understanding the role equity plays in contributing to successful SEL outcomes. In this conference session, participants will learn how school leaders in CASEL’s CDI are successfully addressing concerns like cultural competence, discipline disparities, trauma and related school issues that put our youth in jeopardy. This session will engage participants to learn and share practices and approaches grounded in SEL, equity, trauma-informed instruction and restorative practices.