California SEL Alliance News

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Dr. Cranston Releases Book on SEL Environments

A scholar and writer as well as an administrator, our Executive Director Dr. Cranston combines her research and hands-on experience into what she seeks to be an important aid to expanding SEL adoption. From the book blurb: “Many educators find themselves wondering, what exactly is SEL? How should it be taught? What does it look like

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Communities

New Members – July 2019

This month, the Alliance welcomes the following new members: Mark Drewes, Project Specialist, Sacramento County Office of Education Samantha Wilke, SEL Provder, HeronBridge College,Zambia Allison Haynes, Administrator, Riverside County Office of Education Angela Der Ramos, teacher, Alisal Union School District, Salinad, CA. Roderick Cochran, Restorative Justice Practitioner, AWAKE Foundation, Fresno Melissa Tramel, Specialist, CUSD, Carpenteria,

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CDE Releases SEL Research Brief

As announced in a recent CDE newletter: “A new Policy Analysis for California Education research brief titled, Measuring School Contributions to Growth in Social-Emotional Learning, is now available. The Brief builds upon earlier work by examining the stability of the estimated school-by-grade effects on SEL across two years, using a large-scale SEL survey administered in California

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Bring Finnish SEL Practices to Your Community

The Fins are famous for the quality and effectiveness of their education system and its SEL elements. If you are an educator wanting to expand your school’s purview into early learning, or adopt a different method of teaching pre-school, or if you are a program provider wanting to expand into early education, there is an

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Newsletter

Health and Safety Workgroup Sets Recommendations

Here verbatim is a report in the CDE’s monthly SEL Newsletter (yes, they produce one, and below is how to subscribe).   “State Superintendent of Public Instruction (SSPI) Tony Thurmond is holding transition workgroups for areas of education in which he is passionate. The Health and Safety Workgroup, comprised of over 50 educators, community-based organization

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Newsletter

National SEL News Roundup – July 2019

Piece by legislative piece around the country there is forward progress in SEL or related education endeavors, even in some unexpected places like New Hampshire under Republican Governor Chris Sununu, a surprising enthusiast. And as we reported earlier, nationally in June the House passed a $260 million appropriation to advance SEL (H.R.2740), which awaits an

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Meet Amy and Party with Alliance Members this Sunday, Aug 4

When SEL enthusiasts meet and greet most everyone seems to have a fun and inspiring time. Such was the feedback from last year’s Alliance First Anniversary Party. This year the event is combined with meeting our new executive director, Dr. Amy Cranston, and sharing a vision of expanding SEL in California – her thoughts and

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Communities

Alliance Members: Get Free Entry to the Rethinking Education Summit

Three members of our SEL4CA steering committee, along with best-selling authors, forward-thinking politicians, clinical psychologists, technology specialists and youth-led education advocates, are featured in this informational online virtual summit focused on the importance of social-emotional learning in schools, sports, business, politics, the home and the legislature. Our colleague Sandie Sedgbeer is hosting the Summit that

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Educators

Hurrah! California Releases State SEL Guidelines

On February 23, after a year and a half of deliberations by a special “planning team” of 35 educators from around the state, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson released new California Department of Education (CDE) guiding principles for teaching social and emotional skills. He described the guidelines as “a tool to help educators

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Communities

A Response to the Parkland Shootings

The Alliance is a co-promoter of the EQuip Our Kids! national campaign launched by the LA-based member organization The BigEQ Campaign (BigEQ.org), which focuses on media, marketing and advertising to educate and mobilize a public that has never heard of social-emotional learning or knows its benefits. After the Parkland, Florida school shootings, EQuip Our Kids! launched

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