exSEL 2019-2020: Request for Applications
The Excellence through Social Emotional Learning (exSEL) Network is seeking school districts across Massachusetts to participate in a collaborative learning network designed to increase their capacity to improve social-emotional learning and build more supportive learning environments.

For the 2019-2020 school year, the exSEL Network—and its partners the Rennie Center for Education Research & Policy (Rennie) and Transforming Education (TransformEd) will facilitate learning among several cohorts of districts who choose to focus on particular SEL-related areas of interest. Participating district teams will have the opportunity to learn from one another’s current work, discuss problems of practice with like-minded colleagues, and gain new skills to apply right away in their schools or districts.

Interested districts can apply by June 14, 2019 to one or more of the following cohorts:

1. Learning Cohort:
Schools or districts new to exSEL (either those who have never participated in exSEL or returning districts sending new team members) will comprise the Learning Cohort, a group of up to ten districts contingent on interest and demand.

2. Launching Cohorts:
Returning districts who have participated in the exSEL network for one year or more are invited to join our Launching Cohort in 2019-2020. This cohort offers districts a collaborative environment in which to delve deeper into a specific topic around SEL. Districts are invited to join one or more of three cohorts, each with its own area of focus:

a. Creating a district-wide SEL plan: Participants will develop focused action steps, create structures and establish systems to set the stage for effective SEL implementation.

b. Embedding SEL in the classroom: Participants will explore different ways to integrate SEL into instruction and academics.

c. Choosing and using SEL assessments: Participants will explore how to use data to inform their efforts to support the whole child.


For full details about exSEL 2019-2020, please go to: http://bit.ly/exSEL19-20RFA

Participation for each cohort has the cost of $10,000. Interested districts should submit their proposal by responding to the questions and prompts below:

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