SEL Delivery and Support

Mental health is now more important than ever in these unprecedented times. The Kansas Teaching & Leading Project offers SEL instruction to schools in order to create consistent opportunities for students to cultivate, practice, and reflect on social and emotional competencies in ways that are developmentally appropriate and culturally responsive. These opportunities provide dedicated time to focus on social and emotional competencies.
What can we Do or Consider First?
What can we Consider or Do Next?
How can we Dig Deeper?

What can we do or consider first?

This tool, adapted from the ATLAS Looking at Data Protocol from the National School Reform Faculty Harmony Education Center (nsrfharmony.org), presents a structured reflection process for SEL teams and other school stakeholders to observe trends and discuss ideas for continuous improvement of SEL implementation. It emphasizes the importance of examining data with an equity lens and elevating a range of perspectives when interpreting data.

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Contact: Lindsay McKanna

TASN provided eLearning modules on Trauma Responsive School Community, Neuroscience in Education, and Recognizing Child Sexual Abuse and Mandated Reporting. Also included are resources for mindfulness, yoga in schools and handouts on youth suicide, stress and brain growth, understanding ACEs and resiliency and more. All training and resources available are designed for school communities.

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Contact: Shanna Bigler
This webinar will look at the current challenges educators face, and provide practical self-care and social-emotional tips to help address and support the well-being of teachers, school counselors, and administrators.

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Contact: Jessica Lane
This is a series of ten modules designed to provide professional learning communities with training in the Cycle of Escalating Behavior. The target audiences are related service providers, support staff, administrators, educators, and family/community.

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Contact: TASN Autism and and Tertiary Behavior Supports
The document contains evidence-based strategies for helping adults with SEL needs and concerns.

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Contact: DeAnne Heersche
Adapted from KSDE’s Measuring Social-Emotional Growth Locally document and derived from the company Panorama Education, this template survey allows districts to measure grades 3-5 students’ social-emotional growth in six key areas: Grit, Growth Mindset, Self-Management, Social Awareness, Self-Efficacy, and Emotion Regulation.

Districts can customize this survey template to identify strengths and gaps with their SEL curriculum and instruction, gather trusted data for the Kansas Education Systems Accreditation (KESA) process, and have a greater understanding of their students’ SEL needs.

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Contact: Ryan Vaughn
Are you concerned about your staff SEL needs? Let’s discuss evidence-based practices for helping adults with SEL concerns / needs, learn about lighter strategies for supporting adults in schools and review EAP options and partnering with local providers.

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Contact: DeAnne Heersche
Pediatric Connections OT has created a Grab and Go video that walks the viewer through Sensory Processing and practical strategies. Their clinic specializes in working with children and families who have experienced trauma, separation, and loss. This training will help you better understand the neurobiology of regulation and practical classroom resources and strategies.
1. Understanding of the relationship between fight/flight/freeze and sensory processing
2. Begin to recognize your student’s behavior as communication to tell you what they need
3. Gain practical strategies to meet these needs in the classroom

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Contact: Tommie Gonsalez
Pediatric Connections OT has created a Grab and Go video that walks the viewer through the science and neurobiology of behavior. Their clinic specializes in working with children and families who have experienced trauma, separation, and loss. This training will help you better understand the “why” behind the challenging behaviors our children experience.
1. Discuss neurobiology and brain function
2. Gain an understanding of how survival responses impact behaviors
3. Discuss definitions of sensory systems

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Contact: Tommie Gonsalez
Using the Restorative Justice in Education framework of community-building circles, we’ll walk through the benefits of this approach. We’ll experience the process. And we’ll learn how we can engage students deeper into their learning through by creating circle scripts. Learn the benefits of Community Circles. Learn how to write a circle script that promotes community

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Contact: Carmen Zeisler
If you find yourself experiencing self-doubt, overwhelm, or lots of judgment they are all likely in response to you second-guessing yourself. This session is meant to create space for you to reflect upon ways to address second-guessing so you can move into action and beyond.

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Contact: Kelly Turcotte
Check-Ins are a vital component of a regulated classroom. How do we facilitate check-ins in a trauma-informed way? What are some go-to co-regulating questions we can use to build our student’s social and emotional awareness when they are activated? We will go over these questions in this session and participants will leave with a list of co-regulation questions!

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Contact: Rebecca Lewis-Pankratz

What can we consider or do next?

The How Learning Works series provides real tools to educators and service providers in youth-serving settings. These tools will allow us all to better align our practices with what science says about human learning.

The 34 video series will walk educators through what science has taught us about learning, how to foster strong positive relationships, cultivating a mindset of belonging, establishing positive conditions for learning, trauma-informed considerations, and numerous options for engaging learners and families outside of the classroom.

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Contact: Jennifer Taylor
This session will help participants understand language habits and patterns and how often our patterns don’t match our best intentions. Participants will learn about how we can shift our language to more effectively work with students, parents, and colleagues and build SECD environments.

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Contact: Noalee McDonald-Augustine

How can we dig deeper?

Resources and videos coming soon!