Strengths Builder

Assessing Your SEL Curriculum Design

By Staff from David P. Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality

How do youth learn skills in your program? Map your curriculum sequence in two parts – the youth-driven project at the heart of the offering, and a parallel SEL content sequence that fosters skill growth in each of the SEL domains.

Who should participate?

Staff (and volunteers, if applicable) who are responsible for designing, planning, facilitating, teaching, supporting, or are otherwise involved in the program offering. A group of four to five participants is a good start.

How long will it take?

Steps 1 through 3 are recommended to prepare you and your team. Steps 4 through 7 could be completed in a one to two hour meeting. You may wish to complete Step 8 in a separate one to two hour meeting. Deeper follow-up conversations on specific standards are recommended over the several weeks and months following these initial conversations.

What should I expect?

You may be surprised by the amount of conversation and ideas that are generated by focusing on practice. Don’t try to tackle everything at once. Focus on one domain at a time, identify a few standards that your team really wants to focus on, and explore those deeply.

Further Reading

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Assessing your SEL Practices

From Staff, David P. Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality

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Assessing Youth SEL Skills

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