Washoe Cost Model

If you are considering modeling your implementation and sustainability plan on Washoe County 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

Washoe County School District utilized the first two years of their implementation to widely educate teachers, pilot strategies with a dozen schools, build consensus building, and develop an intensive three-day training for SEL Leadership Teams from all schools, which took place in years three and four. Each leadership team then leads site-level professional development based on modules provided by the district. Once implementing, each school receives additional professional development, coaching, and consulting by District SEL Specialists.

  • This structured SEL implementation focuses on integration with and support of instruction and student learning of Common Core State Standards.
  • With training and district coaching and support, principal and school site SEL leadership teams provide professional development to school staff and drive local SEL implementation.
  • A low cost strategy for rapid roll out and authentic implementation in classrooms and at school sites.
  • The District supports a high school freshman seminar course focused on teaching the five CASEL competencies, through professional development and curriculum resources.

Staffing Assumptions:

  • .45 full time equivalent (FTE) SEL coordinator
  • .3 FTE administrative assistant
  • Washoe employed 1.15 FTE SEL specialists in year 1, and 2.45 FTE in years 2 & 3, with a gradual increase to 3.9 projected in year 6. Student enrollment is used in calculating SEL specialists. A minimum of 1 FTE SEL specialist is assumed.

Click here to download detailed assumptions used to construct the Washoe County calculator.

Fill in the 4 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.

Washoe County 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            
Washoe County Students Served 8,042 18,094 36,858 62,324 62,324 62,324
Washoe County Per Student Cost $27 $41 $19 $11 $9 $11

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.