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Set the Stage

Determine the status of your stakeholders’ social and emotional learning knowledge base.

Review all current and previous initiatives that have been established to address the goals of social and emotional learning in your academic community.

  • Establish Your Priorities

    • Determine what your academic community (school, district, or state) knows about the SEL landscape

    • Identify the current and/or previous efforts undertaken to address SEL in your academic community

    • Identify learning targets for students’ skillsets in SEL

    • Determine how social and emotional learning will align with your multi-tiered systems of support(MTTS); identify ways this approach will assist in establishing a clear understanding of expectations for student success

  • Reflection Questions

    Making the right decision can be challenging at times. Before you move on to the next phase, consider these reflection questions:

    • What do you know about SEL?

    • What steps have been taken to bring awareness to SEL within your academic community?

    • What SEL programs or curricula do you already have in place, if any?

    • Are there ways to align social and emotional learning with the following?

      • positive effective management and behavior intervention systems

      • parental involvement

      • building academic competence

    • How do the Fly Five SEL standards align to your state standards or district/school initiatives?

    • How does Fly Five motivate educators to successfully implement the curriculum?


Assess Readiness

Discuss Fly Five’s alignment with the overall mission of the academic community with the appropriate stakeholders.

Develop an organizational plan that articulates the steps to acquisition, including determining budgetary capacity.

Identify challenges and a list of priorities that Fly Five will help schools address.

  • Establish a Process

    • Determine how current instructional infrastructure (at the school and district levels) can support the curriculum

    • Assess whether the curriculum supports school- and district-level vision (school improvement plans, state initiatives, etc.)

    • Investigate curriculum materials; request a sample of grade-level materials

    • Determine budgetary capacity

    • Plan organizational steps needed prior to acquiring Fly Five

    • Identify potential barriers/challenges to implementation

    • Establish an implementation team to support stakeholder buy-in

    • Conduct gap analysis to determine which areas of growth can be addressed by Fly Five

  • Reflection Questions

    Making the right decision can be challenging at times. Before you move on to the next phase, consider these reflection questions:

    • When deciding on a new curriculum, what are the desired outcomes?

      • teacher efficacy

      • a positive community

      • increasing academic achievement

      • decreasing behavior challenges

    • How will you assess for readiness?

    • What are the primary needs of your staff? What are the main challenges?

    • What are the primary needs of your students? What are the main challenges?

    • What will be your funding source(s)? Will the source(s) help sustain the SEL curriculum for the duration of license?

    • Who are your key stakeholders? (examples: staff, counselors, parents, students, community members)

    • Who else will be involved?


Make a Decision and Implement

Analyze curriculum materials and design a communication and distribution plan that will guide district-wide, school-wide, or grade-level implementation.

  • Establish a Plan

    • Map out a plan for curriculum alignment

    • Prepare and set the environmental conditions to support SEL (e.g. create a sense of belonging and significance; support social, emotional, and academic risk-taking)

    • Readjust master schedule based on curriculum guidance

    • Create budget and distribution rollout plan (school-wide, specific schools, grade-span, grade-level, specific teachers)

    • Establish training/professional development plan

    • Acclimate schools and districts to curriculum (components, materials, and resources)

    • Build stakeholder support structure in school and district; identify how this group plans for the change in curriculum and clearly articulate individual responsibilities to ensure a successful implementation (click here to review stakeholders’ roles and responsibilities)

      • Stakeholders will develop the following monitoring plans or tools:

        • communication plan

        • data collection plan

  • Reflection Questions

    Making the right decision can be challenging at times. Before you move on to the next phase, consider these reflection questions:

    • What changes need to be made to set up an environment to support SEL?

    • How will you redesign your master schedule to accommodate the curriculum?

    • How will you get key stakeholders engaged with Fly Five?

    • How will you listen to and address the needs, objections, and ideas of key stakeholders?

    • Will you purchase a license for a select number of grades to pilot or will you implement it school-wide?

    • In addition to Fly Five’s ten hours of professional development, what additional PD will be provided?

    • What funding source(s) will support additional PD?

    • How will you navigate Fly Five implementation in conjunction with other curricula and programs?

    • What strategies will you use to communicate this new curriculum to parents and gain their buy-in?


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