Introducing the Center to Improve Social-Emotional Learning and School Safety

On May 14 the newly founded Sacramento-based Center to Improve Social-Emotional Learning and School Safety went public with a webinar about its goal to help educators with research, strategies and tactics to implement SEL and school safety practices and programs on an enhanced level.

The center operates on a federal Education Dept. grant to the WestEd education research organization and under the WestEd umbrella. The RAND Corporation, Council of Chief State School Officers, and Transforming Education will serve as partners in the work.

The Center says it will serve as:

  • A trusted advisor to state and local education agencies as they integrate effective and sustainable new practices with their existing academic models; and
  • A clearinghouse to match effective, evidence-based approaches with the distinct needs of children, educators, and their school communities.

Deb Sigman, Interim Director of WestEd’s Comprehensive School Assistance Program,  noted: “We believe that the establishment of the Center comes at an ideal time. Disparities in academic and life outcomes persist, and issues that threaten the physical and emotional well-being of our nation’s youth play a critical factor.”

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