"...Social emotional learning became North Carolina's top down academic standard system June 2020. Schools will prioritize SEL lessons on creating caring, just, inclusive communities in all twelve subjects. DPI's website says that K-12 students will also learn to examine biases, reflect on and address the impact of racism and other isms in every class."
Sloan Rachmuth, President of Education First Alliance
CRT & SEL are being woven into the fabric of K-12 curriculum. Teachings often overlap and incorporate tenets of both. Find definitions for the list of frequently used CRT/SEL terms below.
Equity & SEL according to North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI)
“SEL can be a powerful lever for creating caring, just, inclusive, and healthy communities that support all individuals in reaching their fullest potential. Systemic implementation of SEL fosters and depends on an equitable learning environment where all students and adults feel respected, valued, and affirmed in their individual interests, talents, social identities, cultural values, and backgrounds. While SEL alone will not solve longstanding and deep-seated inequities in the education system, it can help states, districts, and schools promote understanding, examine biases, reflect on and address the impact of racism and other isms, build cross-cultural relationships, and cultivate adult and student practices that close opportunity gaps and create more inclusive school communities. In doing so, SEAs can promote high-quality educational opportunities and outcomes for all students, irrespective of race, socioeconomic status, gender, sexual orientation, and other differences. This requires that SEL be implemented with an explicit goal of promoting educational equity.”
"Branching Minds can ingest SEL screener data, or use SECA and DESSA data, to determine tier placement for students based on school-determined performance cut scores. Educators can then review tier level reports which provide the percent and number of students in each tier broken down by school, grade, gender, race, ethnicity, English proficiency, and FRL status. It also provides tier movement reports to understand if students are moving up or down in tier between two time periods."
WHAT COULD POSSIBLY GO WRONG???
The plan in plain language: Universal SEL screening (such as the DESSA shown below) will be done on every student in Dare County Schools. Teachers will thereby be asked to act as pseudo-psychologists and score their students on a scale of exhibited emotions/behaviors. Students will be tiered and referred for possible further intervention based upon these scores. Scores are attached to the student identification number and results will likely be part of their permanent record. All of this sets the stage for N.C. Project Aware....telehealth/telepsych in all schools. (More info below)
"Project AWARE/ACTIVATE aims to provide NC students in grades PK-12 with access to universal screening and supplemental support based on behavioral or psychological measures of school engagement using evidence-based practices within the classroom and school settings."