The SEL Department has a lot to celebrate as we enter the home stretch of SY18-19! The first of our celebrations is you!! Happy Teacher Appreciation Week! Teaching is the concrete empowerment of the future. It’s the profession that creates all the other professions. It’s teaching academic content, and the skills humans need to learn and connect with each other. It’s the hardest work, the heart-est work, the oldest work that gets to the kernel of what it means to be a human being on the earth. We humans are learners, and teachers perpetuate the best of humanity. Thank you, AISD educators, for your passion and compassion, your brains and hearts, every single day.
Indeed, celebrating ourselves and each other is an essential part of being human: it gives us the opportunity to grow relationships, inspires us to set new goals, and motivates us to get concrete work toward those goals done. The end of the school year is always a good time to celebrate our many accomplishments, and reflect on where we go from here.
In school year 17-18, the inaugural cohort of Social and Emotional Leadership Pathway teacher participants started their 2 year journey with us. AISD’s Leadership Pathway is an innovative micro-credentialing process that allows teacher leaders to build capacity in a district-prioritized specialty area. We are so proud of the 79 SEL teacher leaders who worked hard and completed the first SEL Leadership Pathway!
Austin ISD has been working to honor our collective Social and Emotional Learning journey by inviting schools throughout our district to become Seed Model Campuses:
This designation is given to schools which effectively demonstrate the process of continual social and emotional growth, and for each successive year they choose to engage in continued documentation of their SEL progress and goal-setting.
In SY 17-18 we had a cohort of 19 campuses; this school year that number has blossomed to 53! Each campus has set goals to drive their intentional, concrete SEL work: effective collection and application of student voice, growing culturally-responsive classrooms, SEL for parents and caregivers, and increased time utilizing mindfulness activities…and that’s just a few.
Part of the Seed Model Campus Cohort commitment is hosting guests to build understanding and capacity for SEL practices; our Seed Model Campuses have inspired and empowered over 100 out-of-district visitors! In addition to being learning sites for people outside the district, our SEL Seed Model Campuses helped many of our assistant principals identify what SEL looks and sounds like on our Austin ISD campuses this year. More of those visits will occur next fall!
Representatives from these schools will share their stories, goals and outcomes, at our Seed Model Share Fair, held at our annual SEL Symposium at McCallum High School on June 11, 2019. Let’s have a huge round of applause for our 2018-2019 Seed Model Campus Cohort!
|Norman & Sims|
|Sadler Means YWLA|
|Alternative Satellite Campuses|
Congratulations on another year of learning and success, everybody! We are #AISDProud of our #AISDHome.
How do you celebrate yourself, your students, and your classroom? Let us know in the comments, and tag us on social media @austinisdsel! ON TO SUMMER!