Implementation in AISD

Implementation Plan

AISD is working through the district's Vertical Team structure to implement Social and Emotional Learning. A vertical team consists of a high school and all of its feeder schools. For the 2011-12 school year, the Crockett and Austin High Vertical teams were chosen. For the 2012-13 we added the Eastside Memorial, McCallum and Travis Vertical Teams. During 2013-14 Akins and part of LBJ Vertical Teams were added. 2014-15, Bowie, LBJ, and Reagan Vertical Teams were added. As of 2015-16, all schools in AISD are officially implementing SEL.

Elementary and Middle Schools in these teams have received explicit instruction materials from Second Step. Lessons are taught weekly and reinforced in all areas of the school. High Schools are using School-Connect as their explicit instruction resource. In 6 high schools, a Methods for Academic and Personal Success (MAPS) class is being taught to Freshmen to develop SEL and study skills, supporting students as they make the transition to high school.

Schools create a steering committee to lead their SEL work. There is a designated facilitator for SEL on each campus, who serves as the liaison with the SEL district department. Each campus has an assigned SEL specialist, or coach, from central office. The SEL specialist supports implementation on campus by providing professional development, observing lessons and giving feedback on integration of SEL skills as well as explicit instruction, and developing campus plans with the steering committee.

SEL Seed and Model Campuses 

True district change happens when we create learning structures and systems that cross campus boundaries and encourage all-district learning and communities of practice. In this effort, we offer a SEL Seed Campus Cohort where campuses apply to engage in learning and growth opportunities around four categories:

  • Empowering Campus Leadership
  • Coordination with Family and Community Partners
  • Coordination with Climate and Pedagogy
  • Explicit SEL Instruction

Upon successful completion of the cohort, showing progress and documentation for goals they've set in the four categories, SEL Seed Campuses will be designated as SEL Model Campuses. This designation is given to schools thateffectively demonstrate the process of continual social and emotional growth and for each successive year they choose to engage in continued documentation of their SEL progress and goal-setting.

The following schools are 2017-2018 designated SEL Seed Campuses:
Clayton Elementary School
Dawson Elementary School
Highland Park Elementary School
Lee Elementary School
Mills Elementary School
Pease Elementary School
Riley Elementary School
Ridgetop Elementary School
Middle Schools:
Covington Middle School
Fulmore Middle School
Gorzycki Middle School
O. Henry Middle School
Sadler-Means YWLA
High Schools:
Austin High School
Anderson High School
Bowie High School
Crockett High School
Travis High School