Both social-emotional learning (SEL) and multi-tiered system of supports (MTSS) are grounded in the idea of supporting the whole child. MTSS requires us to deeply understand how our students are doing academically, socially, and emotionally so we can deliver the right intervention at the right time.
However, embedding SEL into a tiered support framework like MTSS or RTI can be challenging without the right data, processes, and tools in place.
That's the topic of today's Panorama Q&A episode: the intersection of SEL and MTSS. In the video, I walk through three steps for incorporating social-emotional learning into a tiered support system and share a few resources you can use in your school or district.
Watch the video below or on YouTube, and read the highlights below!
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Q: How can our district incorporate SEL into MTSS?
I’m fired up about this question because when we think about the purpose of MTSS—supporting the individual needs of all students—we can’t do that without thinking about things like their sense of belonging, their sense of self-efficacy, and their relationships. As educators, we intuitively know that SEL is key to student success. We now have an opportunity to show systematically that SEL is just as important as academics and behavior.
There are a couple of steps you can take to start to embed SEL into your MTSS:
1. Collect social-emotional learning data.
First, we know what we measure matters. That means gathering data on students’ social-emotional skills and mindsets in the same way that you’re already tracking academic performance and behavior.
If you’re looking for a resource on this, check out our open-source Panorama Social-Emotional Learning Survey, which includes questions across 23 topics like Self-Management, Growth Mindset, and Social Awareness.
2. Layer in SEL data alongside academic and behavior data.
After you’ve identified an SEL measurement tool, the next step is putting that data in context. Layering in SEL data alongside your academic and behavior data not only gives you a fuller view of each student, but it also helps you understand the relationships between these data points.
Imagine a world where your teachers can see that a student’s declining writing grades are inextricably linked to their struggle with self-management. That kind of insight is the beginning point for a more targeted tier 3 intervention.
3. Build SEL supports into your tiered intervention strategy.
The last step is to build SEL-specific supports into your tiered intervention strategy. At the base Tier 1 level, all students should be getting universal SEL supports. You could look into programs like Second Step, Open Circle, and Move This World, which help educators bring SEL into the classroom.
For students who are identified as needing additional or more intensive SEL support, your targeted interventions could include small group SEL instruction or restorative circles to teach specific skills.
Interested in bringing your SEL, academic, behavior, and attendance data into one place for MTSS? Request a demo to learn about the Panorama platform.