Action Team #5

Project Name:
Enhance Social-Emotional Competencies

Team Leaders, Members and their Organizational Affiliations:

  • Carol Greilick – Northwest Education Services
  • Gina Aranki – Child and Family Services of Northwest Michigan
  • Lori Bullis – Manistee ISD
  • Amy Burk – Communities in Schools of Northwest Michigan
  • Jessica Harrand – Buckley Community Schools
  • Lisa Meyer – Char-Em ISD
  • Peg Ramsdell – Leelanau Lague of Women Voters
  • Ellen Templeton – Health Department of Northwest Michigan

Social-emotional learning is widely misunderstood and has outcomes that are hard to define and measure. Because of this, and due to the existing requirements to cover core content in language arts, math, social studies, and science, too little time is dedicated to social-emotional learning in schools.

This action team developed printed and electronic resources for communities across the region that help to rebrand and enhance understandings about social-emotional learning (SEL). The team worked with key partners to develop shared language and definitions. The activities promoted education on SEL outcomes and benefits.

Specifically, the action team:

  • Developed a brochure that defined evidence-based social & emotional competencies, identified how strong skills improved outcomes for children and adults, suggested activities for all stakeholders to support children, and provided resources for additional learning
  • Learned that there is great interest in this and other resources related to SEL
  • Agreed that continued work was necessary to ensure that common language and understanding are established among all stakeholders to see improved outcomes for students and the community

The team recommends

  • Continuing the work of the Action Team
  • Soliciting participation from additional community partners
  • Prioritizing next steps among these and other important activities:
    • Establishing a systematic way to distribute the brochure and educate stakeholders on how they might use the material
    • Completing a slide presentation to support presentations to stakeholders on SEL and how they can support youth
    • Developing a page on the  Northern Michigan CHIR’s website which provides additional information and links to resources