Austin Cost Model

If you are considering modeling your implementation and sustainability plan on Austin School District, you can quickly get an estimate of the cost of implementing this strategy in your district by entering your local information into the calculator. If you are interested in comparing the costs across all four study districts at the same time, use the SEL Cost Calculator.

Social and Emotional Learning Expansion and Capacity Building

Austin Independent School District phased in SEL over five years through high schools and their feeder schools.

  • Each year 1/5th of schools each send a leadership team to a two day training, are provided multiple onsite professional development sessions by a district SEL Specialist, and receive evidence based program materials and training.
  • Structures to develop and support high implementation at each school include monthly on-site visits and meetings with the SEL Specialist.
  • A focus on engagement outside the district with parents, community, and community-based organizations.
  • The SEL budget supports the Research and Evaluation Department to monitor and evaluate fidelity of implementation, as well as proximal and distal outcomes.

Staffing Assumptions:

  • 1.0 full time equivalent (FTE) SEL director
  • 1.0 FTE administrative assistant
  • 1.0 SEL/curriculum specialist
  • Each vertical team (high school and feeder schools) is staffed with a 1.0 FTE SEL specialist starting in the year that vertical team is phased in
  • 1.0 FTE parent education specialist starting in year 4
  • .28 FTE Researcher in years 2 & 3 rising to 1.0 FTE starting in year 4

Click here to download detailed assumptions used to construct the Austin calculator.

Fill in the 5 values in this table. It is okay to provide estimates, as the resulting calculations are intended to provide you rough numbers to analyze or help you develop your implementation strategy and estimate the per student costs.

Austin Independent School District

Cost Model Year One Year Two Year Three Year Four Year Five Year Six
Leadership Personnel            
Other costs (with per student factor)            
Projected Annual Cost            
Projected Number of Students Served            
Projected Per Student Cost            
Austin Students Served 14,234 35,665 49,931 64,197 85,596 85,596
Austin Per Student Cost $49 $30 $29 $31 $22 $18

Click here to download the Cost Calculator Discussion Guide to help you or your committee use the cost model to develop your implementation strategy and staffing plan.