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

S.P.A.C.E Camp – Stanford

Date: July 19, 2023
All-day event
Location: Stanford, CA
Challenge Success Space Camp 2023-02-23

K-12 educators are invited to join us for this new, full-day professional development opportunity to explore our research-based, equity-centered SPACE Framework for School Change. During this hands-on, interactive day, you will problem-solve a scenario related to student well-being, engagement, and belonging and co-design creative, data-based solutions with the guidance of our Challenge Success coaches and collaboration with fellow educators. Through the practice strategies grounded in Continuous Improvement, you will return home ready to apply what you learned to create scalable, data-driven solutions to spark school and district-level changes in your community.

This in-person, full-day training costs $675 (early bird pricing until May 31). There is financial assistance available.

Summer SEL Institute – San Francisco

Start date: July 31, 2023
End date: August 3, 2023
Time: 12:00 am - 12:00 am
Location: San Francisco
SEL Summer Institute SF 2023

IFSEL’s Institutes builds on evidence based SEL practices and fosters collaboration, reflection and renewal.

The Institute provides participants with inspiration and current research as well as experiential lesson materials. Throughout our time together, IFSEL’s facilitators will demonstrate a unique take on ten distinct educator practices that expand social and emotional learning, inclusivity, and well-being.

Costs starts at $1,575 for the 3.5-day institute.

Participants at our Summer Institute professional development programs are eligible for 2.0 CEU credits from Dominican University. More information about credits will be shared at the start of the course.

‍If you are interested in applying, please let us know after the course is complete. The application will then be sent to you to submit to Dominican University, which administers the process. Please note that Dominican University charges a fee of $55 per CEU unit.

More detailed information can be found on the Institute’s website.