May Newsletter

  • OUR INTERVIEW WITH PRESIDENT OF STATE BOARD OF ED
  • FED LEGISLATION THAT NEEDS IMMEDIATE HELP
  • SO DOES MEASURE EE IN LOS ANGELES
  • UPDATE ON AFTER-SCHOOL FUNDING 
  • CENTER FOR IMPROVING SEL LAUNCHES
  • MEMBERS EVENTS AND NEWS
  • MEDIA TO WATCH

 

ENCOURAGING OUTTAKES FROM OUR NEWSLETTER INTERVIEW WITH THE NEW PRESIDENT OF THE STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION

Linda Darling-Hammond is an SEL and Equity Champion

In reporting on Linda Darling-Hammond’s appointment by new California Governor Newsom to the 11-member state board, the Washington Post described her as “a giant in education.” Best known as founder and president of the Learning Policy Institute based in Palo Alto, she has long been a major national policy voice for social-emotional learning, equity in education, and teacher development.

She headed Obama’s education transition team, though Obama disappointed many educators (and angered others) by choosing Arne Duncan (and his dedication to corporate policies of Common Core and testing) rather than Hammond and her equity and SEL approach.

We can all muse on what a major difference that choice made.

Among other achievements, Linda founded the Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education and is a former president of the American Educational Research Association, the leading education research organization in the U.S. She served as executive director of the National Commission on Teaching and America’s Future and, at another point, was Director of the RAND Corporation’s education program. More recently she was chair for six years of the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing, where she promoted SEL training as requisites for teachers entering the profession.

Last year Darling Hammond was named the No. 1 scholar in the nation “doing the most to shape educational practice and policy” based on a ranking by a panel of distinguished scholars.

Over the last few years, as an advisor to Governor Jerry Brown and the state education department, she strongly promoted the Local Control Funding Formula that has targeted billions at low-income and other high needs children. She played another significant role in fashioning a new school accountability system based on multiple measures, this backed by a color-coded California School Dashboard showing how schools and districts are doing on those measures. She also worked to expand the state’s efforts to deal with teacher shortages in several key subjects, including math, science and special education.

Her two most recent books (of 25) are Preparing Teachers for Deeper Learning and With the Whole Child.

Click Here to read our interview summary and relevant quotes about what she is promoting in her new role.


FEDERAL SEL LEGISLATION NEEDS YOUR IMMEDIATE SUPPORT

California Senators Harris and Feinstein

Last month, the House Appropriations Committee passed legislation that provides historic levels of federal funding ($260M) for social and emotional learning. The bill will be taken up shortly by the Senate Appropriations Committee. We ask your organization to sign on to this letter  (click) drafted by CASEL urging the committee to incorporate this funding into its bill. Details about how the funding will be spent is in the letter.

The deadline to sign  on is Wednesday, May 29th, and if you miss this (we learned about it only as we prepared this newslettor)  read the letter and directly contact your U.S. Senator to urge the committee to support it. We encourage individual members to do the same.

This funding is incredibly important.

Leading organizations in support:

  • Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL)
  • Committee for Children
  • Social-Emotional Learning Alliance for United States (SEL4US.org)

AND IN LA, ANOTHER FUNDING THAT NEEDS RIGHT-NOW SUPPORT

Mayor Garcettti

The big funding initiative is Measure EE supported by Mayor Garcetti – which has corporations, building owners and homeowners owners (except seniors) paying a little more in real estate taxes in order to lower class sizes and attract and retain quality teachers, counselors, school nurses, librarians, support staff and principals. It is facing strong opposition from corporate lobbyists.

We urge all LA members who received a ballot in the mail to support it in order to make a dent in the funding crisis in LA and the LAUSD. More funding also means more money for SEL. Click for more information: Stand up for LA students by voting by June 4.


BETTER NEWS ON AFTER-SCHOOL FUNDING

Last month we reported on the advocacy campaign to save after-school funding in California, which was facing cuts when increases are needed. After rallies in Sacramento and around the state, the Senate Budget Subcommittee on Education voted to include additional funding for After School Education and Safety (ASES) – good temporary news (if not a final vote) for parents, kids, educators and SEL supporters given the SEL activities of many after-school programs.

In the Assembly, AB-1725 is a deserving funding bill authored by Los Angeles Assemblywoman Wendy Carrillo. “The after-school programs that serve nearly half a million children every day in our most underserved communities are in peril,” says Carrillo, noting that for $1.56 per child each day, $112.8 million total, after-school programs in California can be saved.

Contact your legislator to keep momentum going:   http://www.legislature.ca.gov/your_legislator.html


INTRODUCING THE CENTER TO IMPROVE SOCIAL-EMOTIONAL LEARNING AND SCHOOL SAFETY

Deb Sigman

On May 14 the newly founded Sacramento-based Center, operating on a federal Education Dept. grant to the WestEd education research organization and under the WestEd umbrella, 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 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.”


MEMBER AND OTHER EVENTS…AND NEWS

(Email your event and news items to info@sel4ca.org)

Details about these upcoming education events in California can be found at https://sel4ca.org/events/state/

The Empathic Teacher (free to members)

Start date: June 13, 2019

End date: June 14, 2019

Sexuality Education Summit: Supporting our Students to Develop Healthy Sexual Relationships PreK-12

Start date: June 19, 2019

End date: June 20, 2019

Let’s Save the Future!

Date: June 20, 2019

10th Biennial Childhood Obesity Conference

Start date: July 15, 2019

End date: July 18, 2019

Southern Region Student Wellness Conference

Start date: July 22, 2019

End date: July 26, 2019

Round Table Summer Camp

Start date: August 12, 2019

End date: August 16, 2019

Details about these events  are at https://sel4ca.org/events/state/

Member News 

Amy Moritz launched her independent education and business development consulting website:  https://moritzconsulting.org targeted to anyone who works in a school, state government or an organization that provides services or products to schools.


MEDIA TO WATCH

Lessons from Teachers of the Year

The ‘Lessons from Teachers of the Year’ series is back for a second year. Click on the headline to check out these videos for stories, ideas, and inspiration from the 2019 U.S. State Teachers of the Year.

Year One of MTSS: Tips for Getting Started

Rolling out a MTSS or RTI framework can be daunting.
Watch this episode of Panorama Q&A to learn how to set up a winning tiered support system.

California Teacher Uses Mental Health Mood Notes for Positive Effect

CBS News recently profiles a California teacher showing great SEL initiative–and results.

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