SEL4CA Regions

Bay Area

Regional Coordinator

Nora Zamora, Ed.D.

Interim Executive Director, Social & Emotional Learning (SEL) Dept.
Alameda County Office of Education

Soundhari Balaguru, PhD.

Clinical Psychologist
Founder, Integrated SEL

Bay Area Regional Update

The nation’s schools were already struggling to meet students’ mental health needs when the pandemic hit. How can schools rise to meet students’ ballooning needs in that area as a massive school reopening gets underway?

To be sure, it will be difficult to balance mental health support with an equally massive academic recovery. But child development experts say it’s a balance schools must attempt to strike if they want students to regain their academic footing after an unprecedented year of disruptions, stress, and trauma.

An infusion of federal COVID-19 relief money will help, but how those funds are used will be pivotal. And experts say that schools cannot just focus on the students they know are in crisis; they must bolster supports for all students as well as staff members.

EducationWeek Article “Here’s What Schools Can Do”


Regional News

Regional Professional Learning and Networking Opportunities

Challenge Success 2023 Fall Conference – Charting the Course

Start date: September 29, 2023
End date: September 30, 2023
All-day event
Location: Stanford, CA
Charting the Course 2023

Get inspired and connect with experts and fellow schools who are actively improving student well-being, engagement, and belonging. This one and a half day conference not only kicks off the school year for Challenge Success School Program teams, it also provides an opportunity for educators to join a bigger movement of students, parents, and educators who are transforming the student experience. You can expect:

  • Interactive Sessions that provide opportunities to engage with various initiatives and new ways of being a school
  • Concrete Strategies and Tools you can use this school year from Challenge Success and other schools
  • Community of like-minded school communities and organized opportunities to connect with others

$850 registration fee includes meals and programming. Financial assistance is available.

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