• Humanware


    The Cleveland Metropolitan School District is committed to providing safe and supportive schools where students can succeed and thrive.


    Humanware/SEL Overview

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    Humanware is an initiative of the Cleveland Metropolitan School District supporting the commitment to providing safe and supportive schools where our scholars can succeed and thrive.

    Humanware advocates for evidence-based best social emotional learning (SEL) practices.  Humanware Partners serve as thought-partners, planners, professional learning providers, and coaches to CMSD Educators to facilitate the integration of SEL core competencies into schools to engage students, family, educators, and community to create safe, supportive, and successful learning environments.

    Humanware advocates for best practices that ensure that all human resources in a child's school, family and community function together so that students are learning in safe, supportive and successful schools.



    Why is SEL important?

    SEL classroom The conditions for learning (safe, well-managed, rigors, and supportive learning environment) are essential to academic achievement. Published in 2011, a meta-analysis of 213 school-based, universal social and emotional learning (SEL) programs involving 270,034 kindergarten through high school students demonstrated significantly improved social and emotional skills reflected an 11-percentile-point gain in achievement.  Likewise, an analysis using only at CMSD data conducted in partnership with Cleveland State University and American Institutes for Education, revealed the conditions and school climate that support growth in the SEL competencies are as essential to academic achievement. When done well, the SEL framework and subject instruction are woven together to create seamless experiences to facilitate the intellectual, social, and emotional development of all students -- as James Comer states, "child development is academics ... you cannot separate the two."


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    Humanware/SEL Strategies are designed to:

    • Facilitate students and educators learning and practice of the five SEL core competencies (Self-Awareness, Social Awareness, Self-Management, Relationship Skills, and Responsible Decision-Making)PATHS scholars
    • Develop early-intervention strategies
    • Promote civility and decrease bullying
    • Foster community-service partnerships
    • Improve collaboration between schools & agencies
    • Enhance the partnership between schools & families
    • Facilitate effective Student Support Teams (collaborative problem-solving groups, which include administrators, teachers, student-support professionals, and parents)
    • Facilitate effective use of PATHS and Planning Centers
    • Provide a coordinated sequence to the Social and Emotional Learning section of the District’s Scope and Sequence


    William J. Stencil, M.Ed., Executive Director
    Email  |  216.838.0149