The first 5-weeks of school: Click grade levels below to open the PDF

This document is intended to help teachers scaffold your first 5 weeks of instruction and beyond. It is based on the CASEL's 3 signature SEL practices:

  • Welcoming Routines and Rituals
  • Engaging Pedagogy
  • Optimistic Closure


Continua Models

Works that Influence Us

Relationship of Childhood Abuse and Household Dysfunction to Many of the Leading Causes of Death in Adults:
The Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study
V.J. Felitti, R. F. Anda, et al., American Journal of Preventative Medicine, Volume 14, Issue 4, May 1998, Pages 245-258
Read on ScienceDirect

Pedagogy of the Oppressed
Freire, Paolo, New York, Continuum (2008)
Preview on Google Books

Savage Inequalities
Kozol, Johnathan, New York, Crown Publishers (1991)
Preview on Crown Publishing

Other People's Children, Cultural Conflict in the Classroom
Delpit, Lisa, New York, The New Press (1995)
Preview on Google Books

Culturally Responsive Teaching & The Brain
Hammond, Zaretta, Thousand Oaks, Corwin (2015)
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Whistling Vivaldi
Steele Calude M., New York, W.W. Norton Company (2010)
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The Body Keeps The Score
Van Der Kolk, Bessel, New York, Penguin Books (2014)
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RTI in Restrictive Environments
C.R. Cook & D. Browning Wright, Horsham, LRP Publications (2009)
Purchase from LRP Publications

Sapolsky, Robert M., New York, Penguin Press, (2017)
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The Coddling of the American Mind
Greg Lukianoff-Jonathan Haidt - Penguin Press (2018)
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Prevalence of Adverse Childhood Experiences From the 2011-2014 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System in 23 States
Melissa Merrick-Derek Ford-Katie Ports-Angie Guinn - JAMA Pediatrics (2018)
Preview on JAMA Pediatrics