REFLECT, RELATE, REINVIGORATE
CASEL’s Cross-Districts Learning Event 2015
Hosted by the Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD)
Cleveland, Ohio
May 6-8, 2015

Before dinner on the first day cmsd students wowed the audience with songs from a recent production of "memphis."

Before dinner on the first day cmsd students wowed the audience with songs from a recent production of "memphis."

This page presents the complete program of the three-day event. It includes photographs of major activities and links to written descriptions, handouts, presentations, and videos compiled as part of the event record.

Wednesday, May 6
8 AM–12:30 PM    
Optional School Visits, CMSD Schools

 

casel board member and ceo of special olympics time shriver gave the opening keynote address.

casel board member and ceo of special olympics time shriver gave the opening keynote address.

4:30–6:00 PM    
Welcome Reception
All City Arts Student Vocalists & Musicians from CMSD

The paths program is a central element of cleveland's sel initiative. here paths founder and casel board member mark greenberg presents one of three awards to outstanding paths schools in cmsd.

The paths program is a central element of cleveland's sel initiative. here paths founder and casel board member mark greenberg presents one of three awards to outstanding paths schools in cmsd.

6:00–8:30 PM    
Kick-Off Dinner
The Collaborating Districts Initiative
Melissa Schlinger, Vice President of Programs and Practice, CASEL
Karen Niemi, President and CEO, CASEL

Welcome to Cleveland, Frank Jackson, Mayor of Cleveland
Click here to view a video of Mayor Jackson's statement.

Opening Remarks, Eric Gordon CEO, Cleveland Metropolitan School District
Click here to view a video of Eric Gordon's statement.

Keynote Address, Tim Shriver, Board Member, CASEL.
Click here to view a video of the keynote (32 min.).
Download Tim Shriver's PowerPoint presentation.

PATHS Awards Presentation, Mark Greenberg, Board Member, CASEL
 

elementary paths classmates described a fellow student's good character. 

elementary paths classmates described a fellow student's good character. 

Thursday, May 7

7:30–8:00 AM
Opening Activity
Eugenia Cash and Joseph Gerics (CMSD)    

cleveland high school students design public service announcements as part of project-based learning.

cleveland high school students design public service announcements as part of project-based learning.

8:00 AM    
Welcome
School Visits Logistics & Departure    
Melissa Schlinger (CASEL)
Denine Goolsby (CMSD)    

8:00 AM–12:00 PM    
School Visits    
CMSD Schools
View the School Learning Walk protocol designed for school observations and follow-up discussions.
 

A cleveland student explains her project to amy mart, l. (chicago public schools), and karen niemi, r. (casel)

A cleveland student explains her project to amy mart, l. (chicago public schools), and karen niemi, r. (casel)

1:00–1:45 PM    
Using SEL Implementation Data for Continuous Improvement & Planning
Melissa Schlinger & Jeremy Taylor (CASEL)
Click here to view a video of the presentation.
Download the PowerPoint presentation for this session.

1:45–2:30 PM
Assessment in CMSD: Conditions for Learning
Jillian Ahrens, Christopher Broughton, Denine Goolsby (CMSD)
Download the PowerPoint presentation for this session.  

During the casel presentation on continuous improvement, participants "voted" using their cell phones.

During the casel presentation on continuous improvement, participants "voted" using their cell phones.

 

2:30–3:15 PM
District Teams: Planning, Learning, Reflection
    
 

cleveland students played jazz before dinner in the museum of natural history.

cleveland students played jazz before dinner in the museum of natural history.

the evening included a preview of casel's new website (Not yet public) focused on the financial sustainability of sel.

the evening included a preview of casel's new website (Not yet public) focused on the financial sustainability of sel.

3:30–4:30 PM    
Concurrent Sessions    
    
1. Beginning with Ourselves: Cultivating Adult SEL Competencies
Galadriel Friese (Austin Independent School District) and Kyla Krengel (Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools) with Linda Lantieri (CASEL)
Click here to view a video of this session.
Click here to view a folder containing a variety of handouts and documents related to the development of adult SEL competencies used during this session.   
    
2. SEL & PBIS
Jennie Knutson (Anchorage School District) and Trish Shaffer (Washoe County School Didstrict) with Ruth Cross (CASEL)
Download the PowerPoint presentation from this session. 
Read the notes from this session.
    
3. Identifying and Using Our Model SEL Schools as a District Resource
Mai Xi Lee (Sacramento City Unified School District) and Amy Mart (Chicago Public Schools) with Eric Schaps (CASEL)
Download a working draft of a protocol for observation of model school practices used during this session.
Read the notes from this session.

4:30–4:45 PM
Closing Activities
Susan Keister (CASEL), Hector Montenegro (CASEL), Christine Hiroshima (CASEL)

 

casel's melissa schlinger presented the casel leadership award to jesse register, head of the metropolitan nashville public schools. register was within weeks of retirement.

casel's melissa schlinger presented the casel leadership award to jesse register, head of the metropolitan nashville public schools. register was within weeks of retirement.

6:00–9:00 PM
Dinner
Planetarium Presentation of SEL Financial Sustainability Project
CMSD All City Arts Student Jazz Band
Desserts Crafted by Students from Jane Addams Business Careers Center, CMSD    
Cleveland Museum of Natural History

Friday, May 8

7:30–9:00 AM
Role-Alikes Working Breakfast

Roger P. weissberg, casel's chief knowledge officer, gave an overview of recent accomplishments in the sel field.

Roger P. weissberg, casel's chief knowledge officer, gave an overview of recent accomplishments in the sel field.

CASEL board member and stanford professor of education linda darling-hammond Spoke on friday morning.

CASEL board member and stanford professor of education linda darling-hammond Spoke on friday morning.

Superintendents’ Roundtable Breakfast (Superintendents Only)
    
9:00–9:15 AM    
Opening Activity
Ann McKay Bryson and Christine Hiroshima (CASEL)
    
9:15–10:00 AM
High School Social and Emotional Learning and Social Justice
Linda Darling-Hammond (CASEL Board Member)
Click here to view a video of Linda Darling-Hammond's presentation.
Download Darling-Hammond's PowerPoint on the accomplishments of SEL in three urban high schools. 

10:00–11:15 AM
Ask a Superintendent:
Superintendents Respond to Questions from District Teams
José Banda (SCUSD)
Paul Cruz (AISD)
Eric Gordon (CMSD)
Ed Graff (ASD)
Jesse Register (MNPS)
Antwan Wilson (OUSD)
Moderator: Melissa Schlinger    

at the superintendents' roundtable: l. to r., ed graff (anchorage), antwan wilson (oakland), and paul cruz (austin).

at the superintendents' roundtable: l. to r., ed graff (anchorage), antwan wilson (oakland), and paul cruz (austin).


        
12:00–1:15 PM
CMSD Students: SEL Driven Challenges, Hopes and Dreams    
Moderator: George Golden (CMSD)
CMSD Students Representing Student Advisory Council (SAC) and Closing the Achievement Gap (CTAG)
Download the PowerPoint for this session.
    
1:15–2:15 PM
Concurrent Sessions    

Cleveland's ceo eric gordon (center) with students from the sac and ctag programs.

Cleveland's ceo eric gordon (center) with students from the sac and ctag programs.

1. Seeing is Believing: SEL Coaching Processes in Austin & Nashville
Doug Granier (MNPS) and Sherrie Raven (AISD) with Judy Nuss (CASEL)
Click here to view a video of the session.
View a folder with several handouts on different approaches to coaching.

2. Communicating About SEL
Terri Ferinde Dunham and Devin Boyle (Collaborative Communications Group) and Trish Shaffer (WCSD) with Rob Schamberg (CASEL)
Download Handout 1 and Handout 2 from this presentation.
Read the notes from this session.

Instead of sitting up on the stage, the cleveland students engaged in conver-sation at the tables throughout the room.

Instead of sitting up on the stage, the cleveland students engaged in conver-sation at the tables throughout the room.

3. High School Integration of SEL
Mai Xi Lee (SCUSD) and Doug Stalnos (CPS) with Hector Montenegro (CASEL)
Download the PowerPoint presentation from this session.
Read the notes from this session.

4. Restorative Practices
Curtiss Sarikey (Oakland Unified School District), William Stencil (CMSD) with Pamela Randall-Garner (CASEL)
Download Oakland's PowerPoint on restorative practices.
Download Cleveland's PowerPoint describing its Planning Centers program.
Read the notes from this session.

 

among the meeting's most important benefits: opportunities to share information and ideas with other cdi participants.

among the meeting's most important benefits: opportunities to share information and ideas with other cdi participants.

2:30–3:30 PM    
District Teams: Planning, Learning, Reflection    

3:30–3:45 PM    
Closing Activity    
Linda Lantieri (CASEL)    

4:00–5:30 PM    
Reception: Appreciation for CMSD