States have shared that the boundaries and relationships among SEL, school safety, and other whole person initiatives often feel unclear, resulting in misaligned efforts that work at cross-purposes with one another. They have also shared that their child- and youth-serving work is often misaligned and uncoordinated with other child- and youth-serving agencies in their state. They also see misalignment with the work happening at the district level.
In response, the Center to Improve Social and Emotional Learning and School Safety at WestEd developed a 2-year peer-to-peer collaborative for teams from SEAs to address individual and shared problems of practice related to alignment, coherence, and strategic communications. WestEd also deployed foundation funding to develop several guides to help state and local educational agencies improve the alignment and coherence of their whole-person efforts. The guides have been piloted with the states of Delaware, Michigan, North Dakota, Ohio, and Wisconsin.
The collaborative ran from January 2020 to August 2021.