Breaking Down the Budget: SEL

image05647 This week, we're breaking down the budget proposal for the 2018-2019 operating year. Metro Schools will focus on Our Students and Our People in the 2018-19 operating budget, with the majority of spending aimed at improving equity and excellence across the district.

Read more about the budget proposal here.

We recognize that if our students’ social and emotional needs aren’t met, they cannot thrive in the classroom. This is why we’ve selected social and emotional learning as one of our budget priorities for the 2018-2019 school year.

“We know our schools are safer when we can train the adults within our buildings to know their students and help students understand their own triggers and ways to de-escalate their emotions.” - Dr. Shawn Joseph, Director of Schools, State of Schools Address March 2018

With next year’s operating budget, we will dramatically enhance the infrastructure of our social-emotional work by staffing a quadrant support structure to train more than 3,000 teachers annually on an SEL model.

We also plan to add five new positions to provide direct training and support to our teachers and repurpose 35 existing positions to better serve the needs of our students and schools.

In addition, we’ll invest $640,000 in training and support for implementing the Multi-Tiered Systems of Support model.

The final way we plan to invest in SEL is building upon our nationally recognized Community Achieves work. We know the community schools model is successful and – most importantly – impactful for our students and their families.

Next year we will invest and expand these efforts:

  • Community Achieves will continue to support the 18 current schools implementing the full-service model
  • We are expanding the scope of Community Achieves to focus on elementary chronic absenteeism. This will be done in partnership with Communities in Schools, one of our district partners that is providing similar supports in 18 additional schools, to provide case management and support for chronically absent students in our elementary schools that have the highest rates of truancy and chronic absenteeism.
  • We will continue to work with Alignment Nashville to explore ways to address health disparities and chronic health conditions among our students.
  • Lastly, we are adopting new national community school standards that align to the district’s Key Performance Indicators and the goals we have set for the Community Achieves program.

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2018 State of Schools Address: SEL from Metro Nashville Public Schools on Vimeo.


Our district has already made great strides in the area of social and emotional learning, but there is still work to be done. Investing in the social and emotional needs of our students will provide them with the support they need to succeed in college, career and beyond.