Resources for Counselors

National Center for Youth Issues (NCYI)

The National Center for Youth Issues is a clearinghouse for resource materials, training, and support services to advance the psychosocial, emotional, physical, character, and life-skill capacities of today’s children and youth. To visit the website, click here.

Tennessee Department of Education                      Safe and Supportive Schools

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To visit the Safe and Supportive Schools website, click here.

The National Center on Safe & Supportive Learning Environments

Safe & Supportive Learning

To visit the National Center on Safe & Supportive Learning Environments, click here. 

Incorporating Social and Emotional Learning into Classroom Instruction and Educator Effectiveness:  A Toolkit for Tennessee Teachers and Administrators

This toolkit is designed to increase administrator and teacher awareness of social and emotional learning (SEL) and help them integrate it into the daily classroom and school experience of students. Specifically, this toolkit is designed to link instructional practices that promote SEL with the Tennessee Educator Accelerator Model (TEAM) teacher evaluation process. Research on SEL, often framed as “teaching the whole child” or “re-humanizing education,” demonstrates that when educators focus on social and emotional skills of students, they prepare students to participate more fully in instructional activities: by increasing student’s capacity to learn (Durlak, Weissberg, Dymnicki, Taylor, & Schellinge, 2011), enhancing student learning (Elias, 2004), and increasing their motivation to learn and commitment to schooling (Zins, Weissberg, Wang, & Walberg, 2004). Furthermore, one of the goals of TEAM evaluation process is to create a positive classroom experience for all students through defining clear expectations of good practice and providing teachers opportunities to reflect and grow from those experiences. The purpose of this toolkit is to demonstrate that SEL is not another add-on to the already busy agendas of teachers and administrators. Rather, SEL is intertwined with the work teachers and administrators are already doing and is implicitly embedded throughout the TEAM rubric and the professional growth afforded within the TEAM process. By using the TEAM process to integrate SEL, educators can leverage the professional learning opportunities connected with TEAM to also promote development of student social and emotional skills.


The goals of the toolkit are:

  • Provide tools, resources, skills, and knowledge to teachers and administrators to help improve student social and emotional skills and encourage students to exhibit positive social behaviors 
  • Enhance teachers and administrators knowledge of what teaching practices that focus on SEL look like in the classroom
  • Describe examples of teacher and student behaviors that foster teaching practices to promote SEL
  • Enhance the ability of administrators and teachers to knowledgeably engage in dialogue on SEL within the TEAM process

To download the toolkit (PDF), click:                                                                                                         Social Emotional Learning Toolkit for Teachers and Administrators 


Please contact Dr. Meagan England for questions regarding counselors at 423-626-3543