California SEL Alliance News

Legislative Update: July 2020

In July, the House Appropriations Committee released the draft fiscal year 2021 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies (LHHS) funding bill. The proposal includes $172 million for a Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) Initiative to support SEL and “whole child” approaches to education. Within this amount, the bill provides: $110 million, an increase of

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Administrators

CNN: It’s Time to Accept That the Point of School Has Changed

The point of school right now is to develop a new normal, says journalist and parent Lisa Selin Davis. She explores what parents, teachers, administrators and kids owe to each other right now. “Many children, regardless of economic status or neurodiversity, are experiencing massive social regression in the absence of their peer and teacher connections,

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Administrators

SEL Success Hinges on Teachers Who Get the Right Training and Support

Schools are closed in much of the United States, leaving students to hunker down at home for months — without their usual outlets for learning and socializing. Educators say trying to meet their social-emotional needs will be more important than ever. Even when schools reopen, students might still be grappling with fears, anxieties, or lingering

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Administrators

Almost 2 Million Views for #SELDay 2020

We want to thank any members who participated in last Friday’s SEL Day collaborative social media event intended to gain public awareness of, and support for, SEL and our movement. By the best measure of this first ever and to-be-annual initiative, it was a meaningful success. Final views for the 24 hours of March 27

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Coping with Stress of Coronavirus Crisis a Challenge for California’s Students

The mental toll of the coronavirus pandemic is unfolding inside homes throughout California, as students, parents and teachers learn to deal with a new normal of social distancing and remote learning. All of California’s four-year public universities and community colleges have shifted most in-person classes online, and nearly all of the state’s K-12 school districts

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Educators

Book Review: The EQ Intervention by Dr. Adam Sáenz

Dr. Adam Sáenz, author of the new book, The EQ Intervention: Shaping a Self-Aware Generation Through Social and Emotional Learning, writes that learning emotional intelligence is the key to stopping school violence and a far better alternative than arming teachers. “When students are able to identify and manage their feelings, and when they feel connected

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Administrators

Don’t Forget– March 27, 2020 is SELDay!

By supporting this year’s first annual SELDay, you will be part of a worldwide movement to improve the well-being, academic performance, and long-term success for millions of students and young people through SEL. Sign Up Here to participate in #SELday and have access to toolkits and resources that include turn-key SEL activity guides; templates that will

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California Districts Are Investing in Counselors

“Counselors provide a host of other services critical to student wellbeing and campus climate, such as handling discipline and behavior issues, working with teachers on social and emotional learning, and advocating for students with independent education plans. Counselors also have mental health training, and often serve as ‘first responders’ who can identify students who are

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