SEL has been a more recent term used to address the Whole Child, with emphasis on the social and emotional components. Although the concept is not new, it does provide a framework and name to helping to keep the Whole Child mindset at the forefront of educators. As always, in Frisco, we work to make sure anything implemented is an evidence-based program. In doing so, we have been practicing founded approaches to Whole Child development for over a decade.
2021-22 - Curriculum writers continued to write curriculum around character education and other mandated topics from the state. Lessons for the school year were also added to the Parent Portal for parent review. We continue to build on best practices and in-house expertise to make sure that students in FISD are getting quality development for academic success.
2020 - During the 2019-2020 school year, a secondary committee as formed of assistant principals and counselors to begin planning for how to create a system similar to “Make Your Move” at the middle and high school levels for the purpose of increasing positive student behaviors at the secondary level.
In the spring of 2020, with COVID-19, the efforts of the framework were altered in part but still continued. Campuses continued class meetings with students. Counselors worked to continue staff support.
During the summer of 2020, curriculum writers were able to write our first ever comprehensive curriculum for the entire district. Weekly lessons were written for PreK through 12th grade. Each lesson was created with development considerations and encompassed not only the SEL components addressed with ASCA Mindsets and Behavior Learning Standards but they also included the standards for increasing protective factors against racism and bias in schools. 1. Students believe school is a safe place to be. 2. Students demonstrate respectful communication skills with peers.
2019 - Elementary began “Make Your Move.” Make your move was a next stage of implementation for social-emotional learning. Make Your Move was an effort of our behavior specialists and counselors to help teachers in the classroom to be able to increase positive interactions (Positive Behavior Support) while using common language across the campus.
The common language was used in class meetings to ensure that students were learning self-awareness, self-management, responsible decision making, relationship skills, and social awareness. And in taking time to educate on these skills, teachers were able to reinforce the skills throughout the day and in their interactions.
2017 - Counselors began working to create a district curriculum for social-emotional learning during class meeting time. The lessons were created for Elementary, Middle, and High school and made with the understanding that they could be adjusted for campuses based on need.
2010 - Frisco ISD began implementation of the Olweus Program. The program is known best for being the most researched and best-known bullying program available. The implementation has been international and the program established a framework for our schools to be responsive to campus needs indicated in surveys and committee input.
From the district-wide implementation, each campus established a practice of:
Each campus leader is trained in Olweus every year. The committee addresses any campus concerns but also uses the Olweus Safe Schools Survey to set goals to address evidence of components in the system that would compromise a student feeling safe, cared for, and connected.