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Communities

Santa Ana Unified School District Creates Ethnic Studies Requirement

Following police brutality protests in local cities in the wake of George Floyd’s death, Santa Ana Unified is the first school district in the country to create an ethnic studies course that will be a graduation requirement in 2022. The requirement is something for which members of the community have voiced support. Educators, parents and

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Santa Barbara Works to Prevent Rise of Teen Suicides During the Pandemic

Frann Wageneck, the assistant superintendent of Student Services at the Santa Barbara Unified School District, set out to conquer the silent beast. Shedding the stigma around depression by integrating social-emotional learning into schools became her mission. The number of teen suicide attempts began to drop once the district rolled out the Signs of Suicide (SOS)

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Communities

Southern Poverty Law Center’s Free Teaching Tolerance Guide Helps Build Civil and Inclusive School Communities

SPLC’s Teaching Tolerance outreach program provides free resources to educators—teachers, administrators, counselors and other practitioners—who work with children from kindergarten through high school. These resources include classroom lessons, webinars, grants, podcasts, policy guides and much more. The program emphasizes anti-bias and social justice. The anti-bias approach encourages children and young people to challenge prejudice and

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Communities

Support Classroom SEL Projects through SEL4CA’s New Giving Page

You, and those around you, now have the opportunity to support social-emotional learning at the classroom level directly through our new DonorsChoose Giving Page. Our page currently lists six projects featuring requests ranging from kids’ yoga mats to professional development fees. Donate if you can. More importantly, share this page with your community so that

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Administrators

Brené Brown and Marc Brackett On Emotional Intelligence During A Pandemic, Podcast

Emotions are running high among parents and students alike as we enter our second month of quarantine. As universities make provisions for continued remote learning and offices for remote work throughout the summer in an effort to combat the global coronavirus pandemic, managing emotions may grow especially difficult in such anxiety-provoking and uncertain times. There’s

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The Return: How Should Education Leaders Prepare for Reentry and Beyond?

Chiefs for Change and Johns Hopkins School of Education says that all reopening plans should begin with two goals in mind. First, the physical school environments should embody public health guidelines to prevent a COVID-19 outbreak and additional closures. Such planning will likely include not only significant changes to physical spaces, transportation plans, and calendar

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FREE SURVEYS to Gather Comprehensive Feedback on Distance Learning

Student Voice: Gather critical information from students on the distance learning environment, well-being, internet access, and daily habits, including amount of time spent learning or completing course work. Teacher, Staff, and Administrator Feedback: Understand and support teacher and staff well-being, in addition to developing capacity to support students’ social-emotional and instructional needs while off-campus. Family

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Administrators

Kaiser Permanente: How to Talk About Mental Health with a Child

Right now is a crucial time to check in on the mental health of the young people in our lives. It’s important for young people to hear that anxiety, stress, and negative emotions are completely normal — particularly in times of crisis. They also need to hear that there’s always hope. In fact, just one

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