Tier 1 Supports


The purpose of Tier One Supports is to help districts create conditions that will encourage and equip schools to engage in evidence-based, systemic strategies to support students social and emotional development-equitably and restoratively for all students.


    Multi-tiered systems of support (MTSS) is the framework through which all supports and interventions for Social Emotional Learning (SEL), Social, Emotional Academic Development (SEAD), Restorative Practices and School Climate are implemented.

    What is Social Emotional Learning (SEL)?

    SEL is a lifelong 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/maintain positive relationships
    • make responsible decisions across diverse cultural contexts

    What is Social, Emotional and Academic Development (SEAD)?

    SEAD is the interconnected relationship between academics and social-emotional skills that reinforce equitable and human-centered educational environments. When these skills are taught and practiced, they can

    • Lead to Academic Outcomes and Improved Behaviors
    • Sustain Long-Term and Global Impacts
    • Demonstrate a 11:1 Return on Investment
    • Help Reduce Poverty, Improve Economic Mobility
    • Improve Lifetime Outcomes
    • What Does the Research Say?

    What are Restorative Practices?

    Restorative Practices (RP) are generally the ways individuals and communities build relationships, address harm when it happens and work towards restorative justice.

    What is School Climate?

    School Climate according to the National School Climate Center , refers to the quality and character of school life.

    • Is based on patterns of students', parents' and school personnel's experiences of school life.
    • Reflects norms, goals, values, interpersonal relationships, teaching and learning practices, and organizational structures

    School Climate in Nevada

    In 2017, the Nevada Department of Education (NDE) adopted five social-emotional competencies, originally created from the Collaborative of Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL), demonstrated to support increases in campus safety, academic achievement, and whole-person success.

    SEL 101: What are the core competencies and key settings?




    CASEL 5, Wheel & Framework 

      What’s Next?

      The Nevada Virtual Learning Center is open to ALL educators and is a free virtual support system and statewide community of educators developing social, emotional, and academic development skills that reinforce equitable environments and student success. The Center provides state-funded (free) professional development and a statewide Community of Practice. 

      You must log in through Canvas to access the Nevada Virtual Learning Center.

      *If you are unable to login, please contact your district IT contact for the code.

      SEL aligns with Career and Workforce Development in that

      • Students need academic knowledge, training, and credentials.
      • Social and emotional skills are necessary for success in work and life.
      • Students need a wide range of skills and attitudes:
        • The ability to communicate and collaborate effectively with supervisors, co-workers, and others
        • Know how to cultivate relationships with mentors and others who can support them in their career path and life
        • Develop and sustain a sense of purpose and belonging
        • How to be mentally and physically healthy
        • How to be civically engaged and culturally responsive

      These SEL skills support well-being in students' careers, communities, and personal lives.

      Where is Nevada with SEL and workforce readiness/success?

      Career Guidance is an integral part of each student’s academic experience. Nevada’s Career and Technical Education (CTE) program has adopted the American School Counseling Association (ASCA) Mindsets and Behaviors for Student Success: K-12 College and Career-Readiness Standards for Every Student (NAC 389.187). Find more information at: 

      The Collaborative of Academic, Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL Employability and Workforce Readiness)

      Focusing on the integration of SEL with college and career readiness standards, this brief, Aspen Institute: This Time With Feeling, from The Aspen Institute outlines the mutually reinforcing benefits of the two frameworks. It may be helpful if you are interested in integrating SEL into English Language Arts, mathematics, and science instruction and/or college and career readiness activities.

      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.


        Kelli Paloolian Moore, Ph.D., NCSC

        Education Programs Professional

        Office for a Safe and Respectful Learning Environment

        Nevada Department of Education


        Laronica Maurer
        Education Programs Professional

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