Implementation in Austin ISD
AISD implemented Social and Emotional Learning by rolling our systems and strategies through the district's vertical team structure. A vertical team consists of a high school and all of its feeder middle and elementary schools. As of 2015–16, all schools in AISD are officially implementing SEL.
Each campus has an assigned SEL specialist who supports implementation on campus by providing professional development, observing lessons and giving feedback on explicit instruction, and integration of SEL skills and concepts into academic instruction. Specialists work closely with campus administration and facilitators to develop SEL goals and action plans with the steering committee.
SEL 2.0 – From Implementation to Integration
2017 marked the first year of the rollout the SEL 2.0 strategic plan, which is intended to deepen our SEL work within Austin ISD and the community over the next three to five years. Over a matter of 12 months, we clarified our SEL vision and developed five priorities to guide the district's SEL work and capture the evolution in thinking about how best to achieve SEL integration districtwide.