Equitable, Sustainable Systems Change at Scale: Lessons Learned From State Collaboratives
Natalie Walrond & Shazia Hashmi; Center to Improve Social and Emotional Learning and School Safety
Over the past 5 years, the Center to Improve Social and Emotional Learning and School Safety (CISELSS) at WestEd has had the privilege of providing universal, targeted, and direct technical assistance for state and local agencies through long-term peer collaboratives that CISELSS facilitated for state agency teams from across the nation. Though the topics for these collaboratives varied, they shared one essential quality: The state teams worked together toward equitable and sustainable systems change at the nexus of social and emotional well-being, excellent outcomes for young people, and equity.
This report describes the state collaboratives and the framework for convening state education agency leaders in this manner. It highlights themes that emerged from the CISELSS state collaboratives, along with several relevant insights and recommendations for each. We hope these ideas may support other state leaders as they work to improve their systems at the nexus of social and emotional well-being, excellent outcomes for young people, and equity.