Communication Communication is the most critical component in implementing, scaling up, and sustaining the vision and goals of the NC SEL Implementation Team "A carefully crafted plan allows for sharing of information with staff, families, students, and relevant community entities. It seeks to celebrate successes, inform, prevent misunderstandings to reduce barriers, build the collective commitment of the organization's diverse stakeholders." Resources The NC SEL Implementation Team has utilized resources such as the Communication Protocol Worksheet and the SISEP Communication Plan Templateto develop an NC SEL Communication Plan. A useful tool in developing and implementing a communication plan is this CASEL resource, Steps for Developing Effective Social and Emotional Learning Communication Strategies. Other Resources NC State Board of Education Support for SEL NCSBOE Strategic Plan Goals Specifically Impacted by Social and Emotional Learning in NC PK - 12 Public Schools: Decrease the number of exclusionary discipline practices by subgroup (suspensions and expulsions) Improve school climate measures across all schools and grade levels Decrease the high school dropout rate for each subgroup Increase the percentage of students proficient in math by subgroup Increase the percentage of grades 3-8 math and ELA EOG subgroup test scores meeting the ESSA Yearly Measures of Interim Progress Increase the percentage of students proficient in science by subgroup Increase the number of schools meeting or exceeding growth measure by subgroup 2020 NC SEL Implementation Update to the State Board Of Education Presentation Slides: August SEL Update for SBE Presentation Recording: August SEL Update for SBE State Efforts to Elevate Social and Emotional Learning During the Pandemic p. 8- Eric Davis In North Carolina, Eric Davis, chairman of the State Board of Education issued a statement that specifically acknowledges educators and their support of social and emotional well-being, as well as the importance of maintaining critical connections with students, particularly for students who are most vulnerable. “In light of today’s announcement, we remain forward-focused. State and district leaders are already discussing options and planning for what reentry in the 2020-21 school year can look like and what resources will be necessary to support our students’ academic and social, emotional, and health needs.” -Eric Davis, Raleigh, NC April 24, 2020 Perspective State Board of Education Chair Eric Davis on COVID-19 school closures Statewide SEL Communication NC DPI Social and Emotional Learning Support for COVID-19 and Beyond was released in March 2020 for the purpose of connecting the rollout of NC SEL to the current impact of remote learning on educators, families, students, and the community at large. NC SEL Newsletter Month Topics January 2021 NC SEL Implementation update to State Board of Education Key NC SEL Resources Winter 2020 Released Resources NC SEL Implementation Update SEL and Equity Important Dates September 2020 NC SEL Implementation Update to State Board of Education Summer & Fall 2020 Released Resources NC SEL Implementation Update Key NC SEL Resources SEL and Equity Important Dates March 2020 NC implementation NC Connections Resources Opportunity for impact How can I get updates about NC SEL? NC SEL Implementation Team shares a quarterly newsletter through communication pathways at NC DPI including Superintendent messages, MTSS/PBIS Coordinator Newsletters, and various NCDPI Division or team specific listservs. The newsletters are also be posted on this webpage and shared on NCDPI Social Media channels. Search social media using #NCSEL for more information. We are grateful to both internal and external partners such as NCPTA, NC Child and North Carolina Principals and Assistant Principals' Association who are also ensuring the quarterly newsletter is shared on their listserv channels. Social Media The resource linked here, Steps for Developing Effective Social and Emotional Learning Communication Strategies, relates that social media can be a key tool for scaling and spreading a message as well as a tool for listening to build awareness of existing conversations and leaders on a particular topic, in our case, SEL as it impacts the education system. To search for or to share resources, events, and tools, Tweet #NCSEL. What do you need? NC SEL at CANVA If you are exploring DISTRICT level SEL resources, go to drc.casel.org. If you are SCHOOL level SEL resources, go to CASEL in the schools. NC SEL Resources NC State Board of Education Goals Goal 1 Goal 2 Goal 3 Eliminate opportunity gaps by 2025 Improve school and district performance by 2025. Increase educator preparedness to meet the needs of every student by 2025.