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BASE Education Back-to-School Planning Guide

BASE Education Back-to-School Planning Guide

Did you know that students who receive social-emotional learning (SEL) instruction perform better academically than their peers? As you prepare for the next school year, it is important to consider how SEL is implemented on your campus and in your district. SEL education is essential to maintaining a positive, healthy school culture, and it directly impacts student success.

Whether you’re beginning a new implementation or reigniting an existing program for the new school year, we want to make sure that you have what you need to satisfy any and all flexible learning environments. We can help you set up your BASE Education account, implement best practices, explore our favorite features, learn from others’ ideas, and discover new enhancements to jumpstart your 2021–22 school year.

Prepare Your Account for the New Year

There are a few initial steps you should follow to get your implementation off the ground. Our education consultants and on-call support representatives can guide you through this process, or with the help of some how-to resources, you can easily do it yourself. Start by taking the following actions using the short videos available on the BASE Education Getting Started Resources page.

1. Update Your Teachers, Classes, and Users: Each new school year means new educators and new students. While admins can adjust teachers and students in the systemfrom the administration center, individual teachers have the ability to create rooms. We encourage educators to edit room details to select Firewords™ notifications and student room access settings to ensure that what students share is appropriate.

2. Manage Course Access: Control what your students see in their general access library from your settings tab. You can enable or disable entire collections of courses from here. Remember that educators can still choose and assign courses that are not available for general access.

Gather Implementation Best Practices

Our subject-matter experts and consultants have gathered a few favorite nuggets of information to help guide your program implementation.

Pacing Guides and Alignment:

CASEL Competency-Aligned BASE Education Pacing Guide: This document shows the BASE Education courses organized into a 32-week, full-year program organized by CASEL competency area.

Target the specific developmental milestones within each grade level with age-appropriate courses that help students understand and reflect on these important real-life skills.

Meet unique needs with course alignment and pacing guides for International Baccalaureate® (IB®) learners, intervention needs, and career and technical education (CTE) employability skills.

Educator Guides: After your account is set up, check out the educator guides, which support direct instruction, encourage student discussion, and include printable worksheets.

Social-Emotional Learning in Action – All or Nothing Thinking: Watch this OnDemand webinar for a BASE Education course experience facilitated by two experts in the field of SEL: BASE Education founder and CEO, Robin Glenn, and Edmentum’s SEL learning designer, Jen Perry. Build skills to navigate the season and see how BASE Education SEL courses can be used in a full class format.

Explore Our Favorite Features

Take an in-depth look at key program features to elevate your understanding and implementation.

Course Structure: Recognize how the BASE Education course structure is clinically designed for advancing student emotional competence and how it allows for interaction and reflection.

User Interface: Take a look at six key features of the BASE Education user experience that will ensure a successful, simple implementation.

Firewords™ and Text Deletion: These features capture potentially harmful language even when it has been deleted. Understand the SEL competencies that make these elements part of an effective SEL plan.

Learn from Others’ Ideas

Take a look at some of our favorite SEL-focused resources, thought-leadership articles, and more.

4 SEL Skills Every Student Must Have for a Successful Grade Transition: We share tips for a successful grade transition, including self-advocacy, goal setting, collaboration, and decision-making.

4 Social-Emotional Learning Takeaways from SXSW EDU 2021: We share key SEL takeaways about the importance of addressing SEL for educators, students, and community with the same efforts as academics.

Explore the Edmentum Podcast, where host, David Cicero, often explores different trends and topics in social-emotional learning. Check out these episodes:

Stay on Top of What’s New

We’re constantly improving our programs based on your feedback. Stay up to date, and access upcoming release details on the What’s New page. Check out our latest additions below.

BASEline Assessment: Establish a baseline understanding of your students’ individual needs with this 15-minute formative assessment that reliably measures students’ strengths and needs in domains reflective of CASEL competencies and school engagement. BASEline is reflective of the CASEL 5 competencies, and it assesses through three domains of reporting: engagement, behavioral infractions, and protective factors.

  • Effectively benchmark SEL strengths and needs, and track SEL progress over time
  • Receive immediate results to answer, “What’s next in each student’s SEL journey?”
  • Empower educators to assign courses aligned to BASEline results

Educator Professional Development: Get your whole school on the same page with our new five-course suite of educator professional development (PD) courses. If we expect our students to interact in healthy ways, we must expect the same from our educators. Checking in with yourself and being able to honestly reflect on your personal SEL skills will serve to enhance campus culture. The PD course collection helps educators deepen understand of SEL, identify their own triggers and growth areas, and put what they have learned into practice in the classroom.'s picture
Sian Reilly

Sian joined Edmentum in 2019 and serves as a Marketing Specialist. A former teacher and administrator, Sian believes quality SEL education paired with rigorous, individualized curriculum can powerfully transform students, campuses, and communities. Sian is passionate about connecting educators with content to meet their specific needs in an ever-evolving education environment.