Integrating Social and Emotional Learning Within a Multi-Tiered System of Supports To Advance Equity: SEL MTSS Toolkit For State and District Leaders

The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO), the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL), and the American Institutes for Research® (AIR®) developed this toolkit to support state and district leaders who are interested in engaging in the work of integrating equity-focused social-emotional learning (SEL) into a multi-tiered system of supports (MTSS). Incorporating lessons learned from leading states, practical guidance, and adaptable templates, this toolkit addresses five key questions:

Assessment Practices Within a Multi-Tiered System of Supports

Innovation configurations (ICs) are designed to evaluate current teacher preparation and professional development (PD) by determining the extent to which EBPs are taught, observed, and applied within teacher preparation and PD programs. This IC can serve as a foundation for strengthening existing preparation programs so that educators exit with the ability to use various forms of assessment to make data-based educational and instructional decisions within an MTSS.

School Climate Survey Compendium

The intent of this compendium is to gather student, faculty and staff, family, administrator, and community surveys in Pre-K/Elementary School, middle and high school, and higher education environments. The surveys can be used in whole or in part; that is, whole surveys or individual scales can be administered to target respondents. All scales in the compendium have been tested for validity and reliability.

SEL Coaching Toolkit

This toolkit can support instructional staff in implementing SEL practices through planning, observations, feedback, and action planning. This toolkit is only for formative purposes—not for evaluating or rating teachers. It is designed for instructional coaches, administrators, and district leaders.

Strategies for Equitable Family Engagement Resource

This resource provides an overview of evidence-based strategies that schools and districts may use to promote equitable family engagement practices. Organized around five categories of equitable family engagement strategies, this resource includes summaries of the research on equitable family engagement as well as examples of school and district practices across the country, linking to publicly available information where possible.