The secrets of success

. June 14, 2013.

Toledo Public Schools has partnered up with the Women’s Initiative of United Way and the Toledo Federation of Teachers to create a program at two local schools to boost academic achievement, remove barriers to learning and increase recruitment and retention. East Side Central Elementary has piloted the Successful Children, Successful Schools process for three years; Sherman Elementary has piloted it for two years.

With the help of an expert consultant in Social Emotional Learning (SEL) and a Family Support Coordinator, the schools have received intensive professional development, coaching and consultation to create caring learning connections between students, teachers, parents and the school community. A leadership team has also been developed at each school to develop school-wide practices to promote community and further professional development for teachers.

At East Side Central Elementary, the benefits are already apparent. Discipline referrals have declined by 4.75% from years 1 to 2 of SEL implementation. Suspensions have declined by 7.75% in the same period. Math and reading scores increased and the average rate of attendance has also increased steadily.


To learn more about the United Way’s Women’s Initiative and their promotion of Social Emotional Learning, visit or call Lisa Fink at 419-254-4681.