• Select and recommend core curriculum for social and emotional learning for grades P-8.
  • Develop a timeline and plan for new curriculum implementation.

Basis for Establishment:

  • Our current social and emotional curriculum was published in 1997, is outdated and is not consistently used.
  • Research supports the need for explicit instruction in social and emotional learning to benefit student outcomes and academic gains.
  • Nearly two-thirds of the Bellingham Promise outcomes are related to social and emotional learning.
  • Social emotional learning is the top requested topic from certificated staff when asked for areas of need related to professional development and teaching and learning.

Decision-Making Process:

  • Review evidence-based curricula and through consensus will land on a recommendation for grades P-8 for core, Tier 1 curriculum.
  • Recommendation will be vetted through teachers, counselors, school administration, Department of Teaching and Learning (DT&L), Leadership, and Executive Team.
  • Final recommendation for purchase will be presented to the superintendent.

Plan of Work:

  • Establish representative committee.
  • Establish stakeholder groups (counselors, teachers, principals, others) for communication and input throughout process.
  • Establish criteria for materials selection.
  • Review evidence-based social emotional curricula against criteria.
  • Review presentations from publishers for finalist curricula.
  • Gather input from staff.
  • Using consensus, determine a recommendation for P-8.
  • Communicate with stakeholder groups throughout the process ny regularly sharing information with counselor team, ESL Work Team, teachers and leadership forllowing meetings; engage Superintendent’s PAC during process for input
  • Vet recommendation through key stakeholder groups (teachers, counselors, principals and higher education partners), DT&L, and Executive Team.
  • Present final recommendation for purchase to superintendent.
  • Create Above Baseline budget request.
  • Develop timeline and plan for implementation (purchase, inventory, dissemination, professional development, and curriculum map)



  • 3 elementary counselors: Haruna Aileen Gardner (Parkview), Kirke MahyHestad (Carl Cozier), Kari Miller (Sunnyland)
  • 4 certificated teachers: Barbara DelWraa (Roosevelt), Molly Foote (King), Teri Herda (Geneva), Jodi Kinzel (Cozier)
  • 2 principals and/or assistant principals: Analisa Ficklin (Cordata), Lynn Heimsoth (Sunnyland)
  • 1 early learning representative: Debbie Haney (Early Learning)
  • 2 parents: Anne Granberg (Roosevelt), Elizabeth Snyder Weinstein (Columbia)
  • 2 community members/partners (P-8): Diana Gruman (WWU), Darcie Donegan (WCC)


  • 4 middle school counselors: Kevin Terpstra (Kulshan), Erin Neisenger (Fairhaven)
  • 2 certificated teaching staff: Glenda Everett (Kulshan), Darilyn Sigel (Whatcom), Ryan Leckie (District Support)
  • 2 principals and/or assistant principals: Ann Buswell (Whatcom), Tina Allsop (Shuksan)
  • 2 parents: Cindy Palmer (Kulshan), Jeffrey Hart (Fairhaven)


  • Jessica Sankey, DTL, Health and Wellness, co-chair
  • Steve Morse, DTL, Student Services, co-chair
  • Trina Hall, DTL, Social and Emotional Learning, chair


  • Attend committee meetings & report back to constituents when needed
  • Act as representative for your selected group
  • Give recommendation and rationale during consensus process


  • Advertise group September 2017; selection complete by Sept 15, 2017
  • September 2017-December 2017 group work
  • Six meetings: Wednesdays:
  • First Meeting: 9/20, 4 to 5:30 p.m.
  • Remaining meetings: 10/4, 10/18, 11/1, 11/15, 12/6
    • Elementary, 3 to 4:30 p.m.
    • Middle, 4 to 5:30 p.m.
  • Up to six hours of additional work for materials reivew (1 sub release day or pay up to 6 hours, details to be determined based on need)
  • Recommendation vetted month of December.
  • Final recommendation to superintendent no later than Jan. 15.
  • Purchase and implementation dependent on costs, training needs and budget.

Meeting Minutes:

Budget Implications:

  • Committee meeting costs for outside of work day meetings
  • Above baseline request for curriculum purchase and training costs