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Implementation Toolkit

Ready for School-Connect but not sure how or where to start? The Implementation Toolkit will help guide you to effective implementation.

Planning Steps/Checklist

STEP 1: Form a Leadership Team

Who should lead the effort? How are decisions made?

  • Recruit members who represent different stakeholders - administrators, teachers, support staff, students - and who share an interest in social and emotional skill building.
  • Keep the team small and manageable (3-4 members); once it is assembled, add teachers who will implement the program.
  • Clarify the decision-making process within the team and with the administrator who has final approval of the implementation plan.

STEP 2: Define Program Needs and Goals

What are you trying to accomplish? And why?

  • Conduct a needs assessment that includes:
    • School data (absentee and tardy rates, discipline incidents, standardized test scores, GPA, course failures, retention and graduation rates)
    • State and district mandates (violence prevention, AYP, API)
    • Student and teacher surveys. Click to the Evaluation Toolkit for survey options.
  • Use your data to:
    • Define measurable and attainable long- and short-term goals (attitudinal, behavioral, academic); See Evaluation Plan Matrix Sample, Column 1 for examples.
    • Decide what grade levels and/or student groups should receive the lessons. 

STEP 3: Design an Implementation Plan

What? When? Where? Who? How?

  • Brainstorm and evaluate implementation options (e.g., freshman seminar, student advisory, academic integration).
  • Select or design an implementation model, taking into account class schedule, budget, and teacher availability.
  • Identify teachers with interest and experience in School-Connect objectives who would be available to teach School-Connect. Identify a lead teacher to guide and support the other teachers.
  • Design a scope and sequence (which lessons are taught with what frequency and over what period of time) given your class schedule, student population, and goals. Use the S-C Implementation Plan as a guide.
  • Create a budget to cover materials (one curriculum per teacher, workbooks if teaching all lessons) and staff compensation, if applicable.
  • Research funding options.
  • Create a plan for preparing teachers to implement the curriculum.
  • Consider piloting the program in one or two classes before implementing it on a larger scale.
  • Share the implementation plan with administration and staff.

STEP 4: Initiate and Monitor Implementation

Ready? Set. Go!

  • Supply one School-Connect manual per teacher.
  • Prepare handouts (choose option below):
    • Student workbooks
    • Copy handouts from handout master (included in each lesson)
    • Print handouts from CD-Rom (included in Module 1-4 binder)
      **Many schools recommend making all handouts at the beginning of the quarter or semester, rather than daily or weekly.
  • Prepare teachers to implement the program.
  • Ask teachers to use the School-Connect Teacher Reflection Survey to reflect on their lesson implementation.
  • Check in with the students and staff.

STEP 5: Evaluate Program Effects

Is the program being implemented effectively? Are program goals being met?

STEP 6: Make Course Corrections if Necessary

Is the program on track? Are any modifications needed?

  • Discuss data results and feedback from students, teachers, administrators, and parents.
  • Brainstorm solutions to any bumps in the road.
  • Take time to acknowledge and celebrate progress; we often forge ahead without taking time to appreciate how far we've come.
    • Consider writing personal thank you notes or e-mails to students and colleagues.
    • Inform parents of positive behavioral changes in their children through personal notes or calls.
    • Include recognition in staff meetings or school assemblies.
  • Publish evaluation data and anecdotal examples in the school newsletter or local paper.



Careful Planning Reaps Benefits
Oak Lawn Community High School in Oak Lawn, Illinois experiences positive results from their SEL initiative.
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What ADMINISTRATORS are saying...

"I think it's really important to have evaluation as a piece of your initiative. There's a misconception that when we're talking about social and emotional learning, it's all touchy feely and there's no way to really get a handle on it, but with the right tools you can measure anything."

- Lauren May, Co-chair, Student Improvement Team, Oak Lawn Community High School


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