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Posted on: March 8, 2019

Assessing and Addressing Student Social-Emotional Learning

Assessing and Addressing Student Social-Emotional Learning

Assessing and Addressing Student SEL from Tier 1 to Tier 3 is a one-day mini-conference, offered April 11 in Girard and April 12 in Lawrence, designed to equip educators with tools and strategies that will enable them to approach SEL from a position of strength, regardless of the starting point and background knowledge. 

Recent legislative and KSDE action and expanded research have brought Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) to the immediate attention of Kansas educators. From the recent update of Kansas Social, Emotional, Character Development (SECD) standards, to its inclusion in the Kansas Education System Accreditation (KESA) framework, SEL is occupying more and more of educators' attention.

The speed at which SEL has appeared has left many educators in the state trying to implement standards and supports that are unfamiliar at best and overwhelming at worst.

The conference will also include an opportunity for teams to collaborate through a guided appreciative inquiry activity, as well as the following sessions:

Choosing and Using Student SEL Skill Assessments for Tier 1
Presenter: Dr. Clark McKown, Rush University Medical Center, xSEL Labs

Student skill assessments can help educators teach the right skills to the right students at the right time. Can student SEL skill assessments support teaching and learning in the same way as math and reading assessments? If so, what is the best way to choose and use student SEL skill assessments? With a focus on Tier 1 universal application, this session will offer practical guidance on identifying and selecting student SEL skill assessments that fit your district’s needs. It will also focus on how, specifically, to use SEL assessment data to guide action. 

Using Achievement and SEL Data for Decision Making
Presenter: Kyle Holder, Educational Consultant, President, ion Software Group

Student achievement and SEL data offer invaluable support for instructional decision making. How that data is interpreted and used is crucial. The number and type of data available are growing exponentially, and without a strategic approach to data analysis - a system can become overwhelmed. This session will explore practical strategies to:

  • build data literacy among staff
  • create sustainable frameworks for data review and analysis
  • set realistic and attainable goals based on data

UDL and SEL in the Classroom
Presenter: Jen Townsend, Educational Consultant, Author - SEE-KS

Research in social neuroscience fosters our understanding of the development of social and emotional competence in the classroom. This translates into essential instructional elements for learners with social-emotional learning differences while creating a Universal Design for Learning (UDL) for all learners. The outcomes from this session will provide practical tools for educators on how to discover what’s working to enhance learner engagement. We will explore resources from the Social Emotional Engagement Knowledge and Skills (SEE-KS) framework that provide educators with a focus on ensuring learning strategies to promote access, engagement and expression of learning across various stages of development. 

Cost: $0 BaSES & SIS Member Districts
         $100 Non BaSES & SIS Member Districts

Click here to register for the Girard event.

Click here to register for the Lawrence event.

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