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The SEL Coach

Planning and Implementation Resources for Social Emotional Learning Leaders

By: Jennifer E. Rogers

Learn how to be a successful SEL implementor with this strategy-packed guide to transforming SEL ideas into actions and practice into process.

Product Details
  • Grade Level: PreK-12
  • ISBN: 9781071870914
  • Published By: Corwin
  • Year: 2022
  • Page Count: 232
  • Publication date: July 25, 2022

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Your guide to transforming SEL ideas into actions and practice into process

While social-emotional learning (SEL) is regularly identified as a top priority for student well-being and achievement, effective implementation will not happen on its own. That’s what makes the SEL coach critical to success.

Effective systems change happens with an SEL coach who has the skills to lead, communicate, analyze, train, collaborate, and innovate. Whether you are brand new to the position or have been an SEL coach for some time, this book will provide you with all the resources and ideas you need to take implementation to the next level. Jennifer Rogers shares the secrets to enriching your coaching skillset, including

  • Data Collection—strategic monitoring of the implementation progress
  • Training—engaging staff in learning and advocating for their needs
  • Communication—listening actively, modeling, and summarizing
  • Team-Leading—creating an environment that is supportive and goal-focused

The lessons and examples in this book produce coaching competencies and qualities necessary to transform practices into processes, ideas into action plans, and goals into outcomes. Learn how to be a successful SEL implementor with this strategy-packed guidebook!



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Jennifer E. Rogers

Dr. Jennifer Rogers is the Founder of Rogers Training Solutions, LLC. She works with educational stakeholders on developing tools and strategies to increase positive student outcomes. Rogers Training Solutions, LLC provides consulting, professional development, workshops, coaching, one-on-one leadership support for individuals and organizations exploring social, emotional, and behavioral interventions in school environments.

Dr. Rogers’s background has reflected a strong commitment to children and adolescents and their families for over 20 years. She is proud to work side-by-side with educators in promoting social and emotional competencies for all students. She has worked with school districts across the country as a school counselor, researcher, district administrator, coach trainer, and consultant. Schools benefit from her experience as a licensed professional counselor (LPC) and training as a counselor educator to create programs to meet the social, emotional, and behavioral needs for students.

She has experience with implementing and measuring the impact of interventions in counseling, prevention, and early intervention. She has advocated for, written about, researched, trained, created interventions for, used data to support, worked with curriculum, and implemented district-wide Social Emotional Learning. Her book, Leading for Change Through Whole-School Social Emotional Learning: Strategies to Build a Positive School Culture (2019) has been adopted by educators and is currently being used in multiple districts. She trains educators in best practices to meet the needs of their specific culture and students.

Dr. Rogers professional goals align with the core mission to make social and emotional learning an integral part of education for all students. To reach the goal, her belief is that we must work to support the educators through systemic change and create a common understanding amongst all stakeholders of the benefits of social emotional learning to positive school culture.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

PREFACE: To Superintendents, District and Building Administrators

PREFACE: To the SEL Coach

Chapter 1: The Social Emotional Learning Coaching Rule

     SEL Coach Roles and Responsibilities

     Definition of roles

     SEL Coaching Competencies

     Change Agent Mindset

     Previous experience/looking forward

Chapter 2: Integrating a SEL Coach in your system

     Another coach? Why a SEL coach?

     Collaboration with other roles in your system

     What if SEL coach is not your only role?

     The Important Relationship between SEL Coach and Administration

     The SEL coach is the navigator

Chapter 3: Getting the system ready for Social Emotional Learning

     Foundational Learning of Social Emotional Learning

     Systemic Implementation of SEL

     Framework for SEL Coaches: Practice and Process

     The Issue of Sustainability

     Focus on equity

     Conduct a needs assessment

     An Action Plan for Systemic Clarity

Chapter 4: Advance Your Practice: Leader/Facilitator

     Phase 1: Learn about the District Vision

     Phase 1: School Readiness- Working with Administrators

     Phase 1: Positive School Culture through Positive Relationships

     Phase 1: Understanding Beliefs

     Phase 1: Know What Your People Know about SEL

     Phase 1: Inventory the programs and initiatives

     Phase 1: Organizational Capacity: Practices and Processes

     Phase 2: Focus on Importance of Prevention

     Phase 2: Making Prevention Compelling

     Phase 2: Choosing programs and interventions

     Phase 2: Promote student engagement

     Phase 3: Braid your current interventions to determine gaps

     Phase 3: The Process for Accessing Targeted Interventions

     Phase 3: Enhance student voice through youth advisory board

     Phase 3: Creating an intervention matrix

     Phase 4: Year at a Glance

     Phase 4: Creating a Universal Intervention manual

     Phase 4: Organize materials for ease of use

Chapter 5: Advance your practice: Creating Teams that Work

     Phase 1: Developing a team

     Phase 1: SEL Team Roles

     Phase 1: General shared commitments

     Phase 1: Norms for practice

     Phase 1: Agendas that work

     Phase 1: SEL team meeting minutes

     Phase 1: Introducing the team

     Phase 2: Consensus practices

     Phase 2: The Feedback Flow- Between the coach and team

     Phase 2: Motivating a team

     Phase 2: Maintaining SEL team

     Phase 2: Recruit and train new members of the team

     Phase 3: Team Data Analysis

     Phase 3: Attuning to your SEL team

     Phase 4: Check in 6

Chapter 6: Advance your practice: Data support

     Phase 1: Qualitative vs. quantitative data

     Phase 1: Historical Data: Understand historical data

     Phase 1: Climate/Culture Data

     Phase 2: Create SMART goals

     Phase 2: Create “In the Moment” Data Collection

     Phase 2: When choosing an assessment- Universal Screener

     Phase 3: Problem solving action plan

     Phase 3: Progress Monitoring with a Tiered Fidelity Inventory

     Phase 4: Learning more about strategies used by individual teachers

     Phase 4: Understanding Evaluation outcomes

Chapter 7: Advance your practice: Professional Development

     Phase 1: Universal Social Emotional Learning

     Phase 1: How to build educator capacity

     Phase 1: Preparing for Professional Development

     Phase 1: Intervention practices as described by teachers

     Phase 1: Delivering Professional Development

     Phase 2: Choosing interventions

     Phase 2: Scaffolding trainings for interventions by role

     Phase 2: Enhancing classroom procedures after professional development

     Phase 3: Self-reflection on professional development

     Phase 3: Learn from other’s experiences through an exit ticket

     Phase 3: Efficacy and fidelity of coaching role

     Phase 4: Training Others

     Phase 4: A Scope and Sequence Document

     Phase 4: Determine who will do what in Universal Implementation

Chapter 8: Advance your practice: Coaching

     Phase 1: Clarity for the Coaching Role

     Phase 1: Getting Administration Feedback on Coaching

     Phase 1: A letter to introduce the coach role with teacher

     Phase 1: Introductions Matter- Working with stakeholders

     Phase 1: Observations: What is the precedence?

     Phase 1: Assess Your Adult SEL

     Phase 2: What can the SEL coach do to support staff through coaching?

     Phase 2: How can the SEL Coach work with educational stakeholders?

     Phase 2: When coaching?

     Phase 3: Building Collaborative Relationships through Empowerment

     Phase 3: Non-evaluative feedback through observation

     Phase 3: Ownership of SEL implementation

     Phase 3: Adult SEL: How to build teacher capacity

     Phase 4: Maintaining confidentiality in coaching conversations

     Phase 4: Working through resistance

     Phase 4: Support request form

     Phase 4: Monitor the effectiveness of the SEL Coach

Chapter 9: Advance your practice: Communicator

     Phase 1: Areas of communication

     Phase 1: Collaboration: With Whom Have You Collaborated

     Phase 1: Levels of communication

     Phase 1: Selling SEL- Coaches version

     Phase 1: Yearly report

     Phase 2: Engaging Parents/Families in the work

     Phase 2: A Parent/Family Network: Education Through Parent Workshops

     Phase 3: Parent/Guardian Workshop

     Phase 3: Parent/Family Feedback

     Phase 4: Investing in Community Stakeholders

     Phase 4: Advocating for building your infrastructure

Chapter 10: Support for SEL coaches

     Create a personal mission statement

     Types of support

     Get Feedback from Principals

     Prioritizing coaching support checklist for administrators

     Creating boundaries around the work

     Personal plan-The Oxygen Mask

     Shield exercise

     The importance of self-care

     Check in on yourself

     Creating supportive relationships