The majority of school districts in the U.S. are mid-sized or small. According to The National Center for Education Statistics, 87.2% of American districts serve student populations of 5,000 or less. These districts are not large enough to afford the economies of scale available to larger districts.
Given the limitations on resources to implement SEL, the leadership of the DuPage County, Illinois Regional Office of Education (DROE) leveraged its existing partnership with the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) to collaborate on a model that would build district capacity and sustain social and emotional learning (SEL) in districts and schools across the county. Funding to support the partnership has been provided through the Novo Foundation. The DuPage Affiliated Districts Partnership includes ongoing coaching, professional development, shared learning, communication with all stakeholders, and monitoring practices and outcomes for improvement.Here’s what’s happening in one partner district, Naperville District 203.