SEL and SCCS – Anchorage School District

SEL in the Anchorage School District

The Anchorage School District (ASD) has developed and implemented SEL curriculum at multiple grade levels in several schools (elementary, middle, and high schools) since 2006. Learn more at the district SEL website.

The Anchorage School Board unanimously adopted Social-Emotional Learning Standards and Benchmarks for students in August 2006.  Adopted at the same time was a continuum for Culturally Responsive Educationthat identifies outcomes and standards for educators and schools in the areas of attitudes, environment, curriculum, teaching strategies, and family/community involvement.

See SEL direct instruction lesson plans for k-6th grade, an excellent online resource.

The George Lucas Educational Foundation has created several videos showing SEL in action in schools across the country. They have produced two videos showcasing SEL in the Anchorage School District.

Cooperative Arithmetic: How to Teach Math as a Social Activity
A master teacher at ASD establishes a cooperative-learning environment in an upper-elementary classroom.
(Video: 9 min)

Educating Hearts: A Districtwide Commitment to Teaching How to Care
The Anchorage School District’s investment in social and emotional learning is paying off both socially and academically. (Video: 11 min)

See more news and research on SEL here.


“How we use the 40 Developmental Assets to guide our actions in classrooms and throughout the school is just as important as the academic content that is taught, if we expect the student to learn and thrive.”

— Anchorage Secondary School Administrator


The Anchorage School District has adopted the School Climate and Connectedness Survey (SCCS) as a critical piece of their school improvement strategy districtwide. The SCCS is aligned with the SEL standards and benchmarks, so Anchorage will be able to track progress over time, and the SCCS is a tool to help the district and individual schools identify specific priorities for taking action.

ASD Summary of 2006 SCCS districtwide results

ASD Summary of 2007 SCCS districtwide results

ASD Summary of 2008 SCCS districtwide results


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