Elementary Social-Emotional Learning

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Jennifer Rogers, PBSES Coordinator

State standards

Current Materials 

  • Varies 

Adoption process and timeline

  • Teacher adoption committee: Formed January 2016
  • Meeting dates:
    • January 27: Determine consensus and norms, share charter and process, review research. 
    • February 5: Curriculum review, screen materials, prepare for field testing
    • March 15:  Review field test input, analyze materials, make recommendation, IMC preparation
    • May 5:  IMC Presentation
    • June 2:  IMC Review and Vote
    • June 3 – 17: Public Review – date is contingent on IMC Recommendation – but tentatively planned
    • June 22:  School Board Review – date is contingent on IMC Recommendation – but tentatively planned


June 1, 2016
The SEL Materials Selection Committee met on June 1, 2016. A discussion was held regarding a Phase-In Implementation for the Second Step curriculum materials, pending IMC recommendation and School Board approval. 100% consensus was reached to approve the Phase-In Implementation as described on page 56 of the IEA Negotiated Agreement. 100% consensus was also reached to recommend the purchase of one Second Step kit per classroom teacher (distributed the year that the school will be implementing). A draft of a Scope and Sequence/Year at a Glance was distributed and approved to use next year. Input will be gathered next year, with possible revisions made next spring.

March 15, 2016
In an effort to support the ISD’s PBSES vision, the Social-Emotional Learning Materials Selection Committee met on March 15, 2016. The group considered materials that would support students in leading socially and emotionally healthy lives. After a brief review of the vision, norms and consensus process, the group heard from two vendors representing MindUp and Second Step. Josh Moore shared information about technology integration. Field test input was reviewed, pros and cons of each curricula were identified and the committee participated in an advocacy discussion. The group reached 100% consensus to recommend Second Step as the adopted K-5 curriculum, with the MindUp teacher’s guide as a supplemental resource. Implementation and professional development will be determined as part of next steps.

February 5, 2016
The Social-Emotional Learning Materials Selection Committee met on February 5, 2016. After reviewing the screening tools, the group divided into grade level teams to examine the five curriculum options: Ruler, Second Step, The 4 Rs, Social Decision-Making Problem-Solving, and Mind Up. The committee discussed the merits of each program and made a decision to forward Second Step and MindUp to be field tested. 

January 27, 2016
The first meeting of the K-5 Social-Emotional Learning Materials Selection committee  was January 27, 2016. The group reviewed and discussed norms, the consensus process, state standards, vision , research and goals. The group built an understanding of the selection process and screening tools that will be used to select materials.