2012 Cross-Districts Learning Event

In early November 2012, representatives from the eight collaborating districts joined CASEL board members, CASEL staff and consultants, and NoVo Foundation partners for CASEL’s annual Cross-Districts Learning Event in Austin, Texas. This page includes all of the videos, slide shows, and handouts shared at the meeting.

The participants included superintendents, chief instructional officers, curriculum leaders, district SEL leads and support personnel, policy and foundation leaders, CASEL district consultants, research and evaluation leaders, network and school leaders, and communications leaders from throughout the Collaborating Districts Initiative. Nearly 100 participants shared their commitment to social and emotional learning, exchanging ideas for implementation and instruction, communication strategies, and plans for future work together. They also heard from a panel of Austin students whose lives had been directly impacted by their district’s commitment to SEL.

“The Cross-Districts Learning Event in Austin was a fantastic success,” said Roger P. Weissberg, CASEL’s president and chief executive officer. “We have established a wonderful professional learning community.”

The event included a reception with student musicians; remarks by CASEL board members Weissberg and Jennifer Buffett and Austin Independent School District Superintendent Meria Carstarphen; connecting and reflection activities led by CASEL consultants and Austin Independent School District participants; visits to elementary, middle, and high schools; panels on strengths, challenges, and questions about SEL implementation and development; small-group sessions; and a working lunch that brought together individuals with similar roles in different districts and organizations.

Planning committee members were Austin Independent School District SEL Director Sherrie Raven; CASEL consultants Christine Hiroshima, Susan Keister, Linda Lantieri, Judy Nuss, and Rob Schamberg; CASEL Senior Administrative Assistant Juan Phillips; CASEL Executive Assistant for Practice Mary Serbe; and CASEL Vice President for Practice and Knowledge Use Libi Gil.

For additional information about the event or related materials, please contact Mary Serbe.

Thursday, Nov. 8

What Are Best Practices in Schools? Austin Independent School Visits (PDF)

Sharing Strengths, Challenges and Questions: What Can We Learn from Each Other?
Ed Graff, assistant superintendent of instruction at Anchorage School District
Denine A. Goolsby, executive director of Humanware and social and emotional learning at Cleveland Metropolitan School District (slideshow and English and Spanish flier PDFs)


Small-Group Sessions: District Questions (PDF)

What Are We Learning About Systemic SEL Development Across Districts?
David Osher, vice president at the American Institutes for Research (slideshow and executive summary PDF)

Friday, Nov. 9

What Are SEL Practices for Youth Voice and Engagement?
Austin Independent School District high-school teacher R. Keeth Matheny and his students Hunter, Brianca, Jordan, Emily, Nathaniel and Roy (introductory slideshow and PDFs for school climate survey, M.A.P.S. information and affinity mapping).


SEL Practices: Project-Based Learning
Jesse Register, director of schools at Metropolitan Nashville School District (PDF).

Student Leadership and Governance
Jonathan Raymond, superintendent at Sacramento City Unified School District.


Youth Development
Curtiss Sarikey, associate superintendent at Oakland Unified School District.


The Cleveland Approach
Eric Gordon, chief executive officer at Cleveland Metropolitan School District (slideshow and PDFs for district fact sheet, lesson plan, senior update, and graduation shuttle)

The Chicago Approach
Jen Cheatham, chief instruction officer at Chicago Public Schools (slideshow and crosswalk document)

Effective Communication Planning for Change: The Washoe Process
Irene Payne, chief communications and community engagement officer at Washoe County School District (slideshow and PDF of all handouts)

Role-Alike Working Lunch
CASEL Consultant Linda Lantieri (PDFs of groups and questions)

Closing Activity: Gratitude Video
CASEL Consultant Linda Lantieri (The video shown during the closing activity is protected by copyright and available for $3.99 from filmmaker Louie Schwartzberg.)