California SEL Alliance News

SEL News from Our Inland Empire Coordinator, Darin Jones:

When our school district transitioned to distance learning in March of 2020, my SEAL (Social, Emotional and Academic Learning) team and I created a professional development (PD) program to ensure that the 53,000 students and 2,400 staff in our district were all educated on the importance of SEL in all areas of education. We have

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Administrators

Las Virgenes Schools Will Offer Virtual Wellness Classes in Fall 2020

Las Virgenes Unified School District (LVUSD) schools value the health and well-being of our students. This fall, daily virtual classes will be provided in a variety of areas including mindfulness, yoga, the arts and more. Virtual Wellness Classes at Las Virgenes Unified School District     LVUSD Offers Virtual Learning and On-Campus Classes Fall 2020

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Join the National Anti-Racism Teach-In

The National Anti-Racism Teach-In is an annual conference and global movement to dismantle structures and norms that uphold racial inequity. In its second year, this explosive gathering provides a productive space for attendees to explore the foundational history of racism and bias and recognize the presence of racism in ways that are often overlooked.  The

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Communities

Student’s Winning License Plate Design Supports Mental Health Awareness

Danville, CA — Anshuree Banerjee, a student at Dougherty Valley High School in the San Ramon Valley Unified School District (SRVUSD), designed the winning entry for California’s Mental Health Awareness License Plate. Banerjee’s design was selected after a statewide contest for high school students. Proceeds raised from the sale of the plates will go to

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Communities

Book Review: Adventurous Olivia’s Alphabet Quest by Florenza Denise Lee

Author, Narrative Coach, Storyteller and Talk Show Host Florenza’s Denise Lee’s latest publication, Adventurous Olivia’s Alphabet Quest, is a tale about a precocious little girl named Olivia who is lively, vivacious and ever so adventurous.   The series will feature an African-American multi-generational family unit. Florenza’s publications highlight social-emotional learning, elementary school concepts, mindfulness, military lifestyles

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Communities

Varsity Brands Launches “Impact Now” SEL Curriculum

Varsity Brands, the market leader in team sports, school spirit and achievement recognition, today announced the launch of a dedicated campaign, Impact Now, in anticipation of the 2020-2021 school year.  Impact Now leverages Varsity Brands’ scale and expertise on campuses across the country to offer administrators, faculty, and coaches with a digital playbook and related

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Administrators

Students Speak Out: California Educators Host First-ever Statewide Talk About Institutional Racism

On Wednesday afternoon, June 18th, over 300 California educators, parents, and students tuned into Facebook Live to hear high school students speak honestly about their own experiences of racism, implicit bias, and trauma at school. The “Student Support Circle: Institutional Racism and Implicit Bias,” was co-hosted by the California Department of Education and the National

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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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