Partnerships & Support

Special thanks to the SEL Department's major funders and strategic growth partners. Each of you make our work possible!

Buena Vista Foundation  | Klein Family Foundation | St. David's Foundation | Tapestry Foundation

SEL and CP&I Supporters:

  • Lowe Foundation
  • LSG Charitable Foundation
  • Maher Charitable Foundation
  • Mary & Howard Yancy
  • MFI Foundation
  • NoVo Foundation
  • One Skye Foundation
  • Powell Foundation
  • Stratus Properties
  • Tecumseh Foundation
  • U.S. Department of Education
  • Alice Kleberg Reynolds Foundation
  • Austin Ed Fund
  • Casey Family Programs
  • Covalent Foundation
  • Cullen Family Charitable Foundation
  • Education First
  • Kozmetsky Family Foundation
  • W.K. Kellogg Foundation


Our community partners help social and emotional learning extend beyond the walls of the classroom. Thank you for all you do!

Community Partners

Austin ISD is proud to have over 150 community partners. Some active supporters of SEL include: 

Amala Foundation | Communities in Schools | Creative Action | Andy Roddick Foundation | SAFE Austin | Sylvan Learning | LifeWorks | E4 Youth | Urban Roots | Committee for Children |

Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) | Center for the Elimination of Disproportionality and Disparities - Texas Health and Human Services Commission Austin 

National Partners

CASEL | People's Institute for Survival and Beyond | Anti-Defamation League | Center for the Healing of Racism | Jigsaw Classroom | Teaching Tolerance |South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT) | Transforming Schools for a Multicultural Society

In Austin ISD, we believe in creating safe, inclusive, culturally responsive, academically engaging, and equitable learning environments. Those learning environments are created as a result of collaborative work between multiple departments, including:

SEL and CP&I Campus Steering Committees

Each campus has a dedicated SEL and CP&I specialist and two on-site facilitators. The specialist supports implementation on campus by providing professional development, observing lessons and giving feedback on integration of skills and concepts into academic instruction, and developing campus goals and action plans. Campus facilitators serve as the liaison with the district’s SEL and CP&I department, participate in professional learning, share their learning with peers, and lead the campus steering committee. 

The steering committee is a group of decision-makers on campus who are representative of the school community and guide the school’s implementation of SEL and CP&I. We highly encourage that steering committees include some combination of campus leaders, educators, staff, families, community partners and students. 

The specialist and facilitators, along with the campus steering committee and administration,  creates the coordinated leadership team for that campus.

Austin ISD Council on Race and Equity

The Austin ISD Council on Race and Equity was formed as a principal's council in the 2013-14 school year, after principals attended an "Undoing Racism" workshop at Kealing Middle School in June 2013. The Race and Equity Council now includes various stakeholders, continues to meet quarterly, and are dedicated to building their capacity using the equity lens as a mirror into their work. The goal of the Council is to grow the number of Austin ISD staff who approach work with students and their families using the equity lens as a mirror.

Austin ISD - Student Equity Council

The Austin ISD Student Equity Council launched its first meeting December 11, 2020. Students and their sponsors are engaged in learning the concepts of liberatory design and envisioning a liberated future at their schools. Each high school identified 4 students and a sponsor who will meet monthly to co-create activities and bring liberatory design learning to their peers. The Student Equity Council is supported by the SEL and CP&I department and the Office of School Leadership. This work is funded by a grant from St. David’s Foundation.