This presentation describes the evaluation efforts of a 3-year SEL grant program, focusing on evaluation strategies, challenges, and capacity-building efforts.
Barker, L. (2017, October). Social and Emotional Learning: Evaluation Capacity-Building in Hawaii. Presentation at the Schools of the Future Conference, Honolulu, HI
Social and emotional learning (SEL) is the process through which children and adults acquire and effectively apply the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary to understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions. These SEL skills support the framework of the HĀ initiative—belonging, responsibility, excellence, aloha, total well-being, and Hawaiʻi. Hawaiʻian schools' goals for SEL are to create a shared culture with mutual understanding, values, and behaviors leading to compassion, mindfulness, and empathy; to decrease cyberbullying; to report 100% safety and well-being on SQS survey; further integrate SEL into classrooms school-wide; change student worldviews positively; and improve community contributor skills. This presentation describes the evaluation efforts of this program in Hawaiʻi schools, focusing on evaluation strategies, challenges, and capacity-building efforts.