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BASE Education Back-to-School Planning Guide

BASE Education Back-to-School Planning Guide

We know that teaching the whole learner is essential for strong academic outcomes, and recent studies in neuroscience and learning sciences emphasize that students learn more effectively when all parts of the brain are addressed. As you prepare for the new school year, consider how the whole learner is supported on your campus and in your district to maintain a healthy school culture that positively impacts student nonacademic success, as well as academic success.

With your BASE Education implementation, you can trust that your curriculum and assessment are rooted in mental health and wellness principles, underscored by clinical research, and supportive of the whole learner in growing nonacademic skills essential to integrate with academic content in order for students to become productive members of the school and wider community.

Whether you’re beginning a new implementation or reigniting an existing program for the upcoming 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 2022–23 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 system from 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 Access:Control what your students see in their general access library from your settings tab. You can enable or disable one or many modules 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 modules organized into a 32-week, full-year program arranged by CASEL competency area.
  • BASE Education and ASCA Student Standards Guide: This crosswalk shows how BASE Education aligns to the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) Mindsets and Behaviors for Student Success standards. Use this guide to align BASE Education to the knowledge, attitudes, and skills students need to achieve academic success, college and career readiness, and social-emotional development.

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.

BASEline Assessment: Understand how this survey-style, self-report tool reliably measures students' strengths and needs in three domains of reporting—behavioral infractions, engagement, and protective factors—so that educators receive immediate student results to answer: “What’s next in each student’s whole-learner journey?”

Firewords™ and Text Deletion: Capture potentially harmful language and review text even when it has been deleted. Understand how these features can effectively impact student mental health because staff has immediate knowledge of potentially harmful situations.

Module Structure: Recognize how BASE Education is clinically designed to advance student emotional competence and how it allows for interaction and reflection.

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

Learn from Others’ Ideas

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

Equipping Educators to Teach the Whole Learner: Self-Knowledge and Compassion as Avenues to Success: Educators are dealing with so much more than academics. Read about professional learning tools to help educators maintain personal mental health, as well as connect with their students to set up the whole community for positive, impactful learning.

CASEL’s 6 Keys to Sustainable Implementation: In this blog post, we look to CASEL’s decade-long study, “2011–2021: 10 Years of Social and Emotional Learning in U.S. School Districts: Elements for Long-Term Sustainability of SEL” to learn what set of keys unlocks successful and sustainable emotional health implementations.

How Schools and Families Can Work Together to Strengthen Students’ Social-Emotional Health: To strengthen students’ resiliency and confidence, schools, teachers, and parents must work together as an unwavering support system. Here are six ways that districts can get all stakeholders on board to provide a solid foundation moving forward.

Explore the Edmentum Podcast, where host, David Cicero, often explores different trends and topics in mental health and wellness. Check out these episodes:

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Sian Reilly

Sian joined Edmentum in 2019 and serves as a Senior Marketing Specialist. A former teacher and administrator, Sian believes that individualizing education for the whole learner with quality academic and non-academic curriculum and assessment 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.