The exSEL Network

The exSEL Network2019-09-23T16:25:23-04:00

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.

The Power of Networks

Too often, educators tend to tackle problems in isolation, whether in an individual classroom, school, or district. But when we come together to address challenges, we multiply our ideas, expertise, resources, and knowledge.

The members of the exSEL network share a common goal of expanding social-emotional learning in schools. Participants in the network are able to learn from a wide range of experiences from districts across the state, gaining insight into key successes and lesson learned when implementing SEL strategies in diverse contexts, for different types of students, and working with a wide range of available resources. 

By working together, you’ll learn from a wide range of experiences from districts across the state. You will gain insight into key successes and lessons learned when implementing SEL strategies in diverse contexts, for different types of students and working with a wide range of available resources.

Meet the Districts

The exSEL Network launched in 2017 with nine school districts and grew to 19 in 2018. In 2019-2020, we are hosting multiple cohorts, including a learning group for districts new to the exSEL Network and a launching group for returning teams. 

The districts in the Learning Network will be focused on four year-long outcomes:

  1. Increase knowledge of social-emotional competencies, strategies, and resources, and apply new knowledge to practice. 
  2. Understand the current state of SEL in each district. 
  3. Build district capacity to improve social-emotional learning by building a team, strengthening communications, and creating actionable plans. 
  4. Map priorities and identify areas of focus for future years. 

Network members from prior years are listed below:

Statewide Social-Emotional Learning Summit

This spring, the exSEL Network will gather together with educators from across the state to further our learning and share what the exSEL Network has collectively accomplished throughout the year. The second annual SEL Summit will include skill-building workshops and the opportunity to highlight the great work that the exSEL districts have done to prioritize and integrate social-emotional learning in their communities. More details on the date, time, and location will be announced in the coming months. Be sure you are subscribed to our mailing list (if you aren’t you can subscribe here) or continue checking back here or on our Twitter page (@Transforming_Ed) for more information!