The mental wellness of students is often overlooked in favor of prioritizing high test scores and overall academics. However, what many educators may not realize is that when a student is mentally well, they are able to perform well in other aspects of their educational career. This is where BASE comes in.
Built by educators and mental health professionals, BASE knows firsthand what it takes to reach a student on an emotional level. Helping students achieve mental wellness so they are able to be the best students they can be, is done through social emotional learning (SEL), which BASE knows all about. Through our implementation process, the experienced BASE Exceptional Services team will work with school districts, schools, and staff members to address their unique needs and customize a plan of action to introduce social emotional learning into teachers and students learning curriculum.
Let’s highlight BASE’s SEL implementation plan, phase by phase.
Phase One: School District Meeting
The first phase of our implementation process involves a meeting to establish key figures and learning how BASE’s Exceptional Service Consultants can be of assistance. During this initial meeting, we will meet with key school district leaders to learn more about them personally and to learn about their “why.” As in, why they are interested in implementing SEL into their school district.
Phase one will provide our Exceptional Service Consultants with insight from the district about their vision for utilizing BASE. In addition, the Exceptional Service Consultants will be able to identify who the key school leaders are prior to meeting with them, which will take place during a later phase of the implementation process.
Phase Two: School Administrator Showcase
Phase two of the implementation process involves meeting with central figures, an overview of BASE as well as a time for collaboration and discussion. Key leaders who will be a part of phase two include elementary, middle and high school administrators.
BASE’s Exceptional Service Consultants will use this meeting as an opportunity to provide an overview of who we are, what we do, explain the importance of social emotional learning, as well as share the district’s vision for the inclusion of social emotional learning into the student’s curriculum.
Collaboration will also take place, district administrators will have the opportunity to discuss how BASE will work for their individual school sites, as well as have conversations about firewords (words that bring attention to potentially harmful language) and determine which key administrators will receive BASE’s email alerts. In addition to who will receive email alerts, the meeting will also establish who the key leaders at each school site will be.
Phase Three: Addressing the Needs of Individual Schools
Individual schools have their own unique set of needs and those needs develop through factors such as location and demographics. During phase three, BASE’s Exceptional Service Consultants will take the time to learn more about each school, developing ways to best support each individual school through SEL. Through these conversations, consultants will identify key school level leaders and discuss their roles in depth.
Phase Four: Creating Individual Plans with Key Leaders
During phase four of the implementation process, BASE’s Exceptional Service Consultants will hold a meeting with school level leaders including MTSS, behavioral interventionists, special education teachers, as well as both school counselors and psychs.
The purpose of this meeting is for the key leaders and BASE’s Exceptional Service Consultants to create an individualized intervention plan for students with behavioral, mental health and academic intervention goals. Training will be provided to the behavioral interventionists and mental health specialists on BASE’s platform as well as brainstorm how BASE can be tailored to support the individual needs of each student.
Phase Five: Educator Onboarding
During this phase, the Exceptional Service Consultants will work alongside educators from elementary, middle and high school for an onboarding process meant to review both the district and school level’s vision for BASE and define their own vision for BASE.
Educators will have the opportunity to learn more about social emotional learning and create a clear vision on what their students need and how our Exceptional Service Consultants can assist. We will provide in-depth training to the educators, addressing firewords, how to leverage student responses in order to build relationships and how educators can use BASE to build stronger relationships with their students.
Phase Six: Additional Support
In an effort to continuously strengthen the SEL program, BASE’s Exceptional Service Consultants will provide follow up assistance to those within the school district in need of additional support. After the SEL program is implemented, the Exceptional Service Consultants will hold check-ins after 30, 60 and 90 days of use. These check-ins will help strengthen the program for the next semester and following school year. We will also schedule mid-year and end of year conversations to highlight the pros and cons of the program.
There are many pressures that students face, which is why social and emotional learning is needed now more than ever. BASE takes the guesswork out of SEL, providing students with authentic support. We tailor your specific implementation process to fit the specific needs of students, educations and administrators.