Chicago Cost Model

If you are considering modeling your implementation and sustainability plan on Chicago Public 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

Chicago Public Schools organized their SEL implementation around 14 networks to provide professional development and guidance to the 664 schools in CPS. SEL is an integrated strategy for improving academic outcomes and developing safe and supportive school environments. SEL is the umbrella for multi-tiered systems of support, student behavior and mental health, and restorative practices.

  • SEL and multi-tiered systems of support are integrated into a single pronged approach to support student learning of the Common Core State Standards.
  • Evidence-based programs are used at elementary and middle schools to promote student and teacher social and emotional competence.
  • Restorative practices are supported through community providers who provide professional development, coaching and other services.
  • A team of network SEL specialists work with principals and staffs to set goals, foster adult SEL skills, and drive implementation at school and network levels.

Staffing Assumptions:

  • 1.0 full time equivalent (FTE) SEL director
  • Chicago has 4 SEL coordinators. Student enrollment is factored into this calculation.
  • Chicago had 2 SEL specialists in years 1 & 2. Student enrollment is factored in to the calculation for years 1 & 2.
  • Beginning in year 3, Chicago added an SEL Specialist for each of the 14 elementary networks. One SEL specialist is provided for each vertical team/network/unit.

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

Fill in the 6 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.

Chicago Public Schools

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            
Chicago Students Served 9,000 7,000 250,000 300,000 300,000 300,000
Chicago Per Student Cost $700 $1,017 $38 $31 $31 $30

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.