SEL4CA Regions

Bay Area

Regional Coordinators

Nora Zamora, Ed.D.

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

Clinical Psychologist
Founder, Integrated SEL
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Bay Area Regional Update

October 25, 2021

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”

 

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Regional Professional Learning and Networking Opportunities

Character Strong School Culture Training

Date: March 14, 2023
Time: 12:00 am - 12:00 am
Location: Dublin, CA
Character Strong Culture 2023-03 800p

Increasing Belonging, Well-Being and Engagement in Classrooms and on Campus

An interactive, 1-day training focusing on a research-backed instructional framework that equips educators with easy-to-use tools for supporting student & school success.

This training offers educators low-burden, high-impact strategies to increase well-being, belonging, and engagement in all areas of a classroom and school community. It promotes powerful relationship-building and helps students find value in their learning and is equally applicable to those leading school culture work in their building or district.