The exSEL Network

The exSEL Network2018-04-10T16:33:48+00:00

The exSEL Network is a group of nine Massachusetts school districts committed
to working together to expand SEL in schools.

Five statewide associations representing superintendents, School Committees, elementary and secondary principals, and educational collaboratives have come together to raise public awareness and promote reforms designed to address all of Massachusetts students’ needs, including their mental health and wellness.

In partnership with exSEL, the Rennie Center for Education Research & Policy and Transforming Education are working with a network with districts to:

  • Build overall knowledge of social-emotional learning (SEL) practices;
  • Use actionable data to drive improvement;
  • Share lessons learned with one another;
  • Develop a unique plan in each district to address the specific social-emotional needs of its students;
  • Strengthen statewide policy around SEL from the ground up; and
  • Contribute to a national dialogue about the importance of SEL.

The Aim

The exSEL Network’s primary aim is to strengthen students’ social-emotional mindsets by supporting districts and schools in implementing new and effective SEL practices that lead to improvements in students’ skills, behavior, engagement, and academic achievement.

100% of participants will engage in building knowledge and capacities to drive SEL improvements and 90% of districts will adopt of a common set of validated SEL measures.
Participating districts will begin implementing data-driven SEL practices in a least three schools using a common set of validated measures to track improvement.
75% of educators in targeted schools will implement effective SEL practices in their classrooms or learning settings.
At least 55% of students within the targeted schools will demonstrate improvements in social-emotional skills and mindsets.

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