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 Model Campuses 2015- 2017

  • Akins High School
  • Crockett High School
  • Covington Middle School
  • Fulmore Middle School
  • O. Henry Middle School
  • Sadler Means Young Women's Leadership Academy
  • Baldwin Elementary
  • Blazier Elementary
  • Highland Park Elementary
  • Lee Elementary
  • Pease Elementary