Measurement Profiles

October: Kickoff CCEE, CDE, and Sacramento County Office of Education Advisory Collaborative

In October 2021, the California Collaborative for Educational Excellence (CCEE), the California Department of Education (CDE), and the Sacramento County Office of Education convened a group of partners to define a collective approach to measuring the impact of the historical statewide investment in social-emotional learning (SEL) on student mental health and wellbeing. During this meeting, leaders discussed the systems, program, and data-related barriers and opportunities of measuring and demonstrating the impact of well-being initiatives. They are illustrated in the following chart.

Following this kickoff session, the group engaged in six subsequent advisory discussions where partners presented approaches to measuring the impact of investments in SEL on student outcomes:

Challenges and Opportunities
Measuring the Impact of SEL on Student Mental Health and Wellbeing Discussion and Planning Session

Participants completed a post session survey expressing interest to continue convening and confirming the short-term and long-term goals of these upcoming sessions. The meeting outcomes that emerged from this feedback were used to guide each subsequent session and consisted of the following objectives:

  1. Establish a collective process to measure early stages of implementation and long-term impact (e.g., identify key experts/workgroup)

  1. Agree to short-term goals (e.g., statewide panel presentation on effective SEL and student mental health programs, program/district spotlights)

  1. Confirm the long-term goals (e.g., develop recommendations for a collective approach to measuring implementation and impact, develop standard talking points and summary brief that includes analyses/outcome data, prepare for spring legislative hearings)

Chris Hartley, Ed.D.
CCEE Deputy Executive Director

Insights from the Field

What do you predict will be the most impactful aspect of SEL on student mental health and well-being?

Implementation and alignment of universal SEL supports for children and youth will improve mental health and academic achievement by enhancing ability to manage emotions, make better decisions, develop goals and find joy and in developing positive relationships with peers and adults.

What is one important thing to consider when it comes to measuring the impact of SEL and other whole child initiatives in California?

Integration and implementation of SEL practices in the classroom is a fluid process that should be scaffolded and measured for effectiveness over time. Embedding measurable outcomes within strategic actions is a critical responsibility of organizations who are seriously pursuing the integration and implementation of SEL.

Resources: Meeting presentation, Jamboards: Systems, Program, and Data