Social Emotional

Learning Programs

Social Emotional Learning Programs Advisory Council

The mission of the SEL Programs Advisory Council is to systematically and objectively review proposed programs, presentations, and practices that support student social and emotional development. The SEL Programs Advisory Council is committed to continued collaboration among District staff, community representatives, and stakeholders throughout the review process.

As a reviewer of programs, practices, and presentations for school and student use, the Council works with program developers or sponsors to determine if the proposed program, presentation, or practice satisfactorily answers 3 questions:[1]

  1. Does it work?
  2. Is it ready for replication?
  3. Does it fit?

The Council requires evidence of effectiveness, readiness for replication, and fit and the developer or sponsor is responsible for providing this information. This information is necessary to determine whether or not program, practice, or presentation is appropriate for use in the District. A six factor rubric is used to assess new programs, practices, or presentations.[2]

  • Needs of students; how well the program or practice might meet identified needs.
  • Fit with current initiatives, priorities, structures and supports, and parent/community values.
  • Resource Availability for training, staffing, technology supports, curricula, data systems and administration.
  • Evidence indicating the outcomes that might be expected if the program or practices are implemented well.
  • Readiness for Replication of the program, including expert assistance available, number of replications accomplished, exemplars available for observation, and how well the program is operationalized
  • Capacity to Implement as intended and to sustain and improve implementation over time.

Each factor is scored on a scale of 5 (High) to 1 (Low). Rubric scores, along with content area expert input, guides the Council’s decision to approve or not approve a program, presentation, or practice.

Programs that have a cost will be referred to Purchasing for Vendor Information. Programs that involve the establishment of an ongoing therapeutic relationship will be referred to the Behavioral Health Cooperative Agreement process.

To request an Proposal Application, please contact Karla Branch at karla.branch@palmbeachschools.org.

For questions about the Social and Emotional Learning Programs Advisory Council, please contact Dr. Michael Kane at michael.kane@palmbeachschools.org.

[1] Adapted from An Instrument for Screening New Practices for Adoption by Judy Smith-Davis, Ph.D. Retrieved from The National Implementation Research Network.

[2] Adapted from Blase, K., Kiser, L. and Van Dyke, M. (2013). The Hexagon Tool: Exploring Context. Chapel Hill, NC:

National Implementation Research Network, FPG Child Development Institute, University of North

Carolina at Chapel Hill.