Strengths Builder

Assessing your SEL Practices

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

What are the key youth experiences your program creates? Which staff practices do you employ to support youth in building their social and emotional skills? Use this assessment to start a conversation on how you can improve your focus on SEL.

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 6 could be completed in a 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 Curriculum Design

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

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Assessing Youth SEL Skills

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

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