We know success in school and life depends on more than academic ability alone. Research shows social-emotional skills have a significant impact on students' academic performance and persistence in school, as well as their lifelong health, wealth, and well-being.
The exSEL Network—and its partners the Rennie Center and Transforming Education—work together to gain critical insight on how to support the development of social-emotional skills through changes in policy and practice at the district, school, and classroom levels. Participants are increasing their understanding of the content and importance of SEL, building their capacity to use actionable data to assess and guide the development of students’ social-emotional skills, and becoming part of a community where educators can learn from one another and support each other’s systemic and practice shifts. Districts have the option to engage in deeper data analysis work, using existing academic and behavioral indicators to guide their SEL efforts while developing new and effective strategies for tracking and measuring student progress.
exSEL Network School Districts (2017 - 2020)
The exSEL Network has reached 31 districts over the past three years: Athol-Royalston Regional School District, Attleboro Public Schools, Blackstone-Millville Regional School District, Bridgewater-Raynham Regional School District, Brockton Public Schools, Brookline Public Schools, Burlington Public Schools, Cambridge Public Schools, Canton Public Schools, Fall River Public Schools, Fitchburg Public Schools, Grafton Public Schools, Libertas Academy Charter School, Lowell Public Schools, Marshfield Public Schools, Mendon-Upton Regional School District, Methuen Public Schools, Millbury Public Schools, Milton Public Schools, Monomoy Regional School District, Nashoba Regional School District, North Andover Public Schools, Norton Public Schools
Randolph Public Schools, Shawsheen Regional Technical School, Shrewsbury Public Schools, Somerville Public Schools, Tantasqua Regional School District, Tri-Town Regional School District, Weymouth Public Schools, and Whitman-Hanson Regional School District.
The project is led by the exSEL Coalition—whose members include the Massachusetts Association of School Committees, Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents, Massachusetts Organization of Educational Collaboratives, and Massachusetts School Administrators Association— along with the Rennie Center and Transforming Education.