Transformative Social Emotional Learning (tSEL)
The tSEL team supports all students in learning and developing the Social Emotional Learning (SEL) skills and competencies as these are an integral part of education and human development. The Collaborative for Academic Social Emotional Learning (CASEL) defines SEL as the process through which all young people and adults acquire and apply the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to develop healthy identities, manage emotions and achieve personal and collective goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain supportive relationships, and make responsible and caring decisions.
CASEL understands and recognizes that many of the evidenced based and CASEL approved SEL curriculum are not necessarily culturally responsive for all students. DPS embraces the movement to focus on “Transformative SEL” in order to implement the teaching of SEL skills in culturally responsive and affirming practices. To learn more, click here.
The tSEL team provides coaching and consultation for district-wide SEL implementation. Below are some of the ways our team supports school communities, leadership teams, staff and students. If you have a need for SEL support that is not listed, please contact the team for more information.
SEL Explicit Instruction & Academic Integration
- tSEL Daily Slide Resources
- SEL Curriculum Implementation
- Scope & Sequence Alignment
- Supplemental Resource Support
Professional Learning - School Based & Central
- School-based PL
- Adult SEL Professional Learning Series: Whole Child - It Starts with Us
- PL Days
- Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI) Administration Support
Data & Evaluation Support
- Mental Health & SEL Screeners
- SEL Data Driven Decision Making
- Empathy Interviews & Focus Groups
- Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning (Fundamentals of SEL)
- Transformative Social and Emotional Learning: In Pursuit of Educational Equity and Excellence (CASEL’s focus on Transformative SEL)
- Creating a Sense of Belonging (young people identify ways to build welcoming environments)
- When SEL is Used as Another Form of Policing, Why We Can’t Afford White Washed SEL, and Why SEL Alone Isn’t Enough (articles that help us reflect on the use of SEL to ensure it is not used as another form of oppression)
- Black SEL (to reach, teach and build a system of strong black leaders that understand the importance of Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) and ways to expose and sustain SEL in black communities)