Implementing SEAD

School Wide Implementation through Integration

Social-emotional learning (SEL)requires a strategic, systemic approach that involves everyone, from district and school leaders to community partners to family members, working together to ensure students receive the support they need. Successful, Emotional and Academic Development (SEAD) is not a standalone program or an add-on. It is central to how schools, communities, and families value and support the social, emotional, and academic development of their children. Districts, schools and family tools and resources can be on CASEL’s webpage, In Action.

Schools can integrate equitable social, emotional and academic development into the fabric of school culture. Educational leaders and school staff can model SEL skills and create natural opportunities for common language and practices across the school community.
The core elements of a Positive Behaviorial Interventions and Support (PBIS) program and Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) approach provide an ideal framework by which to model, integrate, and explicitly teach SEL skills. The following diagram demonstrates the integration of SEAD through an MTSS lens:

Schools can attain sustainability through the use of an MTSS framework. Four key elements lead to such sustainability:

  1. Promote Priority
    • Incorporation into core system components
    • Connection to other initiatives
  2. Ensure Effectiveness
    • Extent to which practices result in desired outcomes
    • Effects must be attributed to practice
  3. Increase Efficiency
    • Relationship between continued effort and effectiveness
    • Weighed against other potential practices
  4. Use data for Continuous Regeneration
    • Adaptation over time while keeping critical features intact
    • Investment in building local capacity & adjust for changing environment

Credible resources for Integration of SEAD through an MTSS Lens can be found at the following links:

Resources from Transforming Education

CASEL provides an online suite of tools that provides guidance and support for districts and schools to implement high-quality, evidence-based SEL in their communities: SEL Implementation Tools and Resources

    For Educators

    Educators can practice and model adult SEL skills and explicitly teach skills within the school-wide and classroom environments. Through shared efforts across NDE, an array of support (e.g., professional development; grant opportunities; School Climate Survey data review and action planning; multi-tiered system of supports training; restorative practices training; etc.) are available to districts and schools. Those interested in learning more about SEAD support options directly from the Office for a Safe and Respectful Learning Environment can contact Marie Dufresne at

      How can I implement SEL in my classroom?

      Because students spend the majority of their school day in classrooms, schoolwide SEL implementation requires cultivating supportive classroom environments and teaching practices that effectively engage students in deep academic, social and emotional learning.

      As students move between classrooms, common language and aligned practices help reinforce social and emotional learning. When all classrooms provide supportive learning environments and high-quality, consistent opportunities for SEL, students are better able to internalize what they’ve learned.

      Where can I find resources for evidence-based SEL programs?

      Where can I find SEL resources for distance learning?

      Where can I find SEL resources for Covid-19?

      Where can I find trauma informed or trauma responses resources?

      The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) defines trauma informed care as “A program, organization, or system that is trauma-informed responds by fully integrating knowledge about trauma into policies, procedures, and practices, and seeks to actively resist re-traumatization.” The following links provide information regarding trauma, Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE’s), and resiliency

      For Families

      Parents can recognize and practice SEAD skills at home, and engage in opportunities to participate in evening or afterschool SEAD activities offered by the school.


      Where can I find more SEL resources for my child? 

      For Students

      Where can I find SEL resources to share with secondary students?

      Disclaimer: The Nevada Department of Education does not in any way signify the endorsement or recommendation of any resources provided. The resources are provided as a convenience.