Date of Degree


Degree Name

Ed.D. (Doctor of Education)


Department of Leadership, Educational Psychology, and Foundations (LEPF)


Kelly Summers

Committee Members

Ben Creed; Steve Tonks; Sharon Frys


SEL, Walkthroughs, MNPS, student voice, student reflection, SEL Walkthroughs, external rater, sharing results, observations


The concept of social and emotional learning (SEL) has been around Illinois since the early 2000s and a part of legislation for schools to implement since 2003. This dissertation focuses on the extant data of 483 observations from the Municipal Nashville Public School (MNPS) SEL walkthrough tool, which was utilized to investigate SEL implementation in select Illinois schools. Data were collected in the South Cook County area of Illinois.

This dissertation provides a review of literature in the areas of SEL that should be taught in K-12 schools and provides an in-depth review of best practices for utilizing walkthrough observations in order to assess implementation and how results of such observations can improve SEL implementation. An empirical study analyzes the data collected from the MNPS walk-through tool, and the findings and discussion provide context for SEL walkthrough tools to be utilized by schools that would conduct SEL walkthroughs.

A final chapter describes two professional learning opportunities to increase performance scores in the MNPS SEL walkthrough tool. The first session builds the capacity of educators on the depth of SEL, the strategies, practices, and structures to implement SEL and the several avenues in the process for students to learn SEL. The second session is developed for those using the SEL walkthrough tool and for those districts that want to improve on any elements found to have the lower performance scores.


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