Collaborating Districts Initiative
Given the importance of district-level leadership and coordination, in 2011 CASEL launched a national initiative aimed at supporting districts’ capacities to promote SEL for all students. Called the Collaborating Districts Initiative (CDI), this effort recognizes that positive student outcomes depend on improving classrooms and schools, which in turn depends on improving districtwide capacities and conditions.
The CDI has been funded by NoVo Foundation and the Einhorn Family Charitable Trust with involvement of the American Institutes for Research (AIR) as an external evaluator. The CDI is designed to achieve two complementary goals:
- To develop districts’ capacities to plan, implement and monitor systemic changes that will impact schools and classrooms in ways that enhance students’ social-emotional development and academic performance; and
- To document lessons learned that can inform future efforts to support systemic SEL implementation in districts across the country.
Austin, Tex. hosted the 2012 Cross-Districts Learning Event November 8-9, 2012. Click here for videos and details of the presentations.
The eight collaborating districts came together for their annual cross-districts learning event on November 13-15, 2013 in Nashville, Tenn. Click here for a description of the event, photos, documents, and videos.
In 2015 the Cleveland Metropolitan School District hosted the cross-districts learning event on May 5-7. Click here to view a description of the event, photos, documents, and videos.