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Adults' Capacity for SEL
This infographic is brought
to you in partnership with
The Wallace Foundation.
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STEP

STEP

STEP

Slice
and Dice
Concerns

Whisk in
Centralized
PD

Ladle on the
Coaching

Teachers and OST staff agreed that SEL
improves academics. Still, doubts linger.
Many felt that other adults-parents,
counselors, psychologists-should take
primary responsibility for student SEL.
Persistent SEL myths range from
the belief that SEL is only for students
with behavioral challenges to fears
that SEL eliminates consequences for
misbehavior. PSELI managers dispelled
these misperceptions with evidence of
success from a classic cookbook: The
Casel Guide to Schoolwide SEL.

Some PSELI communities centralized PD through a system-level staff
person or consultant. Others trained
the trainer, who trained their own
colleagues.
Train-the-trainer communities
encountered inconsistencies across
sites, and trainers felt overburdened.
Some communities adopted hybrids,
blending centralized PD with trainthe-trainer PD for site-specific needs.
Centralization was especially sweet
for expert PD in specific SEL curricula,
such as MindUP and Second Step.

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5

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Throughout PSELI communities,
sous-chef coaches customized PD
to the needs of line-cook teachers
and instructors, but the recipe wasn't
foolproof. Some coaches needed
more time, while some teachers and
instructors were confused about the
role of coaches.
PSELI communities refined the
formula by catering to the needs
of frontline staff. They equipped
coaches to explicitly model SEL
lessons, help teachers adapt lessons
for students with disabilities, and
provide specific feedback.

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