SELMHA Case Study

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Social and Emotional Learning and Mental Health Academy (SELMHA)

Case Study

Growing numbers of educators across the country are investing time and resources in helping their students develop the social and emotional competencies needed to be successful—not only in school, but also in life. The Education Development Center (EDC) developed a program called the Social and Emotional Learning and Mental Health Academy (SELMHA), sponsored by Transforming Education and the MA Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. This program works with schools and districts across Massachusetts on coordinated approaches to the planning and delivery of Social Emotional Learning (SEL) and mental health programs and practices using a multi-tiered system of support framework.

As a novel initiative, SELMHA required a new brand identity, brand guidelines, presentation template, and an interactive, multi-role website built on a content management system (CMS) for easy management of content, users, and access.

CviaD led EDC through a comprehensive discovery process and strategy session that resulted in a new brand identity to represent the Social Emotional Learning & Mental Health Academy. The logo elements symbolize the Academy’s unique, evidence-based approach to building and sustaining the multi-tiered systems of support to help students excel.

With the SELMHA initiative expected to continue to evolve and expand over the coming years, EDC also needed a flexible, future-friendly website. CviaD architected a custom solution using the popular Drupal 8 CMS, and adding granular access controls, down to the individual cohort or class level; an invite-based registration flow; and fully responsive directories for materials and resources, including expandable, visual filters. CviaD implemented a site structure, user interface and functionality to support two main goals: 1. Promote the initiative to external audiences and allow them to easily access public information and materials, 2. Accommodate approximately 800 participants, including principals, teachers, and mental health providers, with participant-only content.

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