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4 Strategies For Building Educator Social-Emotional Capacity

4 Strategies for Building Educator Social-Emotional Capacity

4 Strategies for Building Educator Social-Emotional Capacity


To successfully implement social-emotional learning (SEL), it is essential that teachers,
school and district leaders understand—and use —SEL strategies themselves.

SEL should never be limited to students. Building the social-emotional capacity of educators and other school staff is equally critical—and offers the same benefits.

This resource covers strategies that K-12 leaders can employ to set teachers, staff, students—and themselves—up for SEL success.

SEL Tip 1

Focus on being intentional and honest about what teachers need

SEL Tip 1 Address teacher burnout

Pause and reflect:

  • Do teachers have space to reflect and recharge during the school day?
  • How is time being allocated on the master schedule? Is there room for improvement?
  • Are there consistent opportunities for educators to collaborate?



Ensure set goals will help educators grow personally and professionally

Pause and reflect:

  • Are goals reflective of each staff member’s passions, strengths and expertise?
  • How can goals be used to help educators hone their SEL skillsets?
  • Are set goals helping or hindering issues of teacher burnout?
  • Is there an opportunity for educators to apply SEL strategies—like self-management—to achieve set goals?
SEL Tip 2 Align practice with purpose


Personalized coaching can help teachers and staff hone their SEL skillsets, and identify opportunities to apply SEL skills inside and outside of the classroom

SEL Tip 3 Provide consistent, ongoing support

Pause and reflect:

  • Do educators have access to SEL resources and supports?
  • Are school and district leaders collaborating with staff on SEL?
  • What system-level changes can be made to better support educators and their students in applying SEL?
  • How can coaching be used to help educators build their social-emotional capacity?

Supporting the wellbeing of teachers, staff and students has never been more important. To address pressing challenges, and retention

Pause and reflect:

  • Can improvements be made at the school and classroom level to help educators better practice SEL?
  • Is SEL reflective of the school or district’s climate and culture?
  • Are there opportunities to invest in coaching, SEL programing or similar resources?
SEL Tip 4 Prioritize SEL for ALL

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