Center to Improve Social and Emotional Learning and School Safety
Discretionary Grants - Cooperative Agreements
The purpose of the Center to Improve Social and Emotional Learning and School Safety (Center) is to provide technical assistance to support States and districts in the implementation of social and emotional learning evidence-based (as defined in this notice) programs and practices. The Center will enhance the capacity of (1) State educational agencies (SEAs) to support their local educational agencies (LEAs) and (2) LEAs to support their schools.
Types of Projects
Projects of the Center include providing capacity-building technical assistance services to SEAs and LEAs, establishing a cadre of subject matter experts to provide training to SEAs and LEAs on how to implement a wide array of SEL EBPPs, and developing reliable and valid tools and processes for measuring outcomes and evaluating the fidelity of the implementation of SEL EBPPs.
The Center provides technical assistance services to improve skills of SEA personnel to (1) Promote SEL EBPPs through policies, funding mechanisms, and interagency coordination; (2) Collect and analyze data to inform decision-making regarding implementation of SEL EBPPs; and (3) Develop the capacity, partnerships, and proficiency needed to provide expert technical assistance regarding implementation of SEL EBPPs. The Center also provides services to improve the skills of LEA personnel to (1) Implement SEL EBPPs; and (2) Collect and use data to inform decision-making regarding implementation of SEL EBPPs.
The Center also coordinates with other federally funded technical assistance centers, such as the Department’s Office of Safe and Healthy Students’ (OSHS) National Technical Assistance Center for the Education of Neglected or Delinquent Children and Youth, the Department’s Office of Special Education Programs’ (OSEP) and OSHS’ Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports OSEP Technical Assistance Center, and OSEP’s Technical Assistance and Dissemination to Improve Services and Results for Children with Disabilities—Technical Assistance Center on Positive Social, Emotional, and Behavioral Outcomes for Young Children with, and at Risk for, Developmental Delays or Disabilities.