The exSEL Network is a group of 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.
Is your district ready to make social-emotional learning a critical part of every school day? Join the Excellence through Social Emotional Learning (exSEL) Network for the 2019-2020 school year!
The exSEL Network—and its partners the Rennie Center for Education Research & Policy and Transforming Education—work with district teams to build knowledge and understanding of how the effective implementation of SEL can positively impact students’ learning and behavioral outcomes. Participants gain critical insight on how best to support the development of specific social-emotional skills and mindsets through changes in policies and practice at the district, school, and classroom levels. We anticipate that districts working with the exSEL Network will serve as a model for other districts and the state of Massachusetts on supporting whole-child and SEL development in future years.
The exSEL Network launched in 2017 with nine school districts and grew to 19 in 2018. During the next school year (2019-2020), we will host multiple cohorts, including a learning group for districts new to the exSEL Network and a launching group for returning teams.