- REPORT ON OUR ANNIVERSARY PARTY & MIXER
- ALLIANCE “TEAMS” UPDATE
- IMPORTANT SEL STATUS REPORTS
- OUR NEW FISCAL SPONSOR
- SEL PROVIDERS UPDATE
- UPCOMING EVENTS
- LEGISLATURE/GOVERNMENT UPDATE
- NEW MEMBERS
REPORT ON OUR ANNIVERSARY MIXER
48 members and allies attended our September 30 anniversary party and mixer at a private home in West LA. As one member wrote afterward: “Exceptional event, outstanding conversations, dedicated people to changing the world. It was great being a part of what you are creating.”
Apart from the overall enthusiasm for the cause and the sheer fun of the event, the practical outcomes were the many good ideas that came from breakout groups and that many more members signed up for action teams and tasks under our revised team structure – which after further input from members, we have expanded from 4 to 7 mutually supportive teams.
Please see attached Support Opportunities sign-up sheet of specific tasks if you have not sent one in. You can copy it into an email or just send only your relevant answers to firstname.lastname@example.org. Team leaders will then be in touch. AND: If you are on our mailing list but not yet a formal member, please click the red “Join” button upper right on the home page at www.sel4ca.org.
The teams are: (1) Creating Non-Training Events in coordination with (2) the Outreach/Recruitment team (with subset teams targeting educators, parents, community organizations, businesses and athletes). (3) Creating and conducting Basic Introductory Trainings in SEL and its implementation (these separately for administrators, teachers and parents AND CRUCIALLY absent recommendations for specific programs or consultants). (4) Public Policy Advocacy. (5) Fundraising. (6) Website & Social Media Content Development . (7) A Providers Team made up of program developers and consultants that will devise actions and recommend policies for their industry (more info on this below).
ONE IMPORTANT NOTE ON ADVOCACY for all of you who want to see expanded SEL public advocacy, the Alliance is subscribing to and will be installing a new advocacy phone system. It was highly instrumental in the success of our allies, the Massachusetts SEL Alliance, in recently persuading that state’s Legislature to create a Social-Emotional Learning Commission to advance implementation in that state. We ask all members to sign up for and participate in the new system once we install it and inform you of it.
WE HAVE A FISCAL SPONSOR
The Alliance can now directly receive tax-deductible donations via Earthways Foundation. Earthways has mostly engaged in environmental work since the 1980s and in the last three years has expanded into supporting mind-changing education with an emphasis on SEL. Please consider donating to our staffing fund (we have one part-time Coordinator and one part-time admin assistant and want to continue to support them…and ideally expand their support for all our member volunteer teams).
You can do so via credit card at
Or: Send a check made out to Earthways/SELC at 20178 Rockport Way, Malibu CA., 90265. Earthways EIN is 95-4021351.
IMPORTANT SEL STATUS STATEMENTS – STATE AND NATIONAL
Here are three recently released status reports.
- A Look at California’s Delivery of Behavioral Health Services – from Alliance member Children Now
- 2018 California County Scorecard of Children’s Well Being – also from Children Now
- Youth Development Work Group Report – from the National Commission on Social, Emotional, and Academic Development
PROVIDERS COMMITTEE ENERGIZED
The Alliance held a special – and successful – Oct. 9 meeting in LA of 25 SEL Provider members on Oct 9 and a follow-up video and phone conference call meeting on Nov. 1 with 10 provider members who could not attend the Oct. 9 event.
These were events for members in the business (even as a nonprofit) of delivering SEL into schools, families and youth organizations, doing so as non-staff outside program providers, consultants or trainers.
We reviewed in detail the question of forming a Providers Trade Association under the umbrella of the Alliance based on the simple reality that SEL businesses are among the few business sectors that lack a trade association promoting its collective products and services. Other initiatives that emerged from attendees included strengthening current efforts a to get the word out generally about SEL offerings, expanding plans already in the works to conduct special basic trainings for administrators that don’t favor any specific program provider, stepping up forming partnerships with other Alliances, and choosing a test area in California to saturate our efforts in order to make a buzz that would be heard around the state.
SOME UPCOMING MEMBER EVENTS
Growth Heartset®: Establishing a Culture of Caring with Stu Semigran
Wednesday, December 5, 2018, 8:45am – 11:30am
Stu Semigran is the co-founder and president of EduCare Foundation and the executive director of EduCare’s ACE (Achievement and Commitment to Excellence) Student Success Program, currently providing student support services at more than 100 high schools and middle schools in Southern California. This FREE interactive session focuses on shaping successful learning environments for children of all ages – environments that thrive upon a foundation infused with caring, connectivity, and proven SEL practices.
Where: Point Loma Nazarene University, 4007 Camino del Rio South, 2nd Floor – Room 206, San Diego, CA 92108
LA Youth Summit – January 31st
Mitva Challenge is hosting the LA Youth Summit at the California Endowment in downtown Los Angeles for 150 of our students and their teachers for a day of skill-building workshops and a Project Soapbox competition. Alliance educator members are invited to participate. Contact: Sheila McMullin at email@example.com.
SEL Classes for Special Ed Students from ZipZAPZop Enrichment – starts January 31st
Introducing a new class in Santa Monica on Tuesdays in November from 4:30-5:30 for age 5-11! Email Maja @ firstname.lastname@example.org for details!
LEGISLATURE and GOVERNMENT UPDATES: the ANTI-BULLYING MEASURE
(NOTE: Congratulations are due to TONY THURMOND for his election as California School Superintendent. Although as a nonprofit, the Alliance cannot endorse candidates, informal conversations with members found very strong individual support for Thurmond. The Alliance will continue to encourage strong progress on all SEL matters by the CA Education Department (CED) and we want to acknowledge the progress made under outgoing Superintendent Tom Torlakson.
(Also, members regularly ask about the California SEL Guidelines issued by the CED at the start of the year. Here is a link: https://www.cde.ca.gov/eo/in/documents/selguidingprincipleswb.pdf)
Bullying Update From our Alliance Member: The Committee For Children
Governor Brown recently signed an overall anti-bullying measure passed unanimously by the Legislature. It requires the California Dept. of Education (CDE) to monitor whether education agencies in the state have adopted a policy that prohibits discrimination, harassment, Intimidation, bullying and cyberbullying based on disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, nationality, race or ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, or association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics.
The new law also adopted a process for receiving and investigating complaints relating to discrimination, harassment, intimidation and bullying, including a requirement that school personnel who witness such acts take immediate steps to intervene when safe to do so; and a timeline for the investigation and resolution of complaints, and an appeal process.
Among several other actions, the new law ensures that complainants are protected from retaliation and that their identity remains confidential, as appropriate. The law also requires the CDE to create an online module to assist all school staff, school administrators, parents, pupils, and community members in increasing their knowledge of the dynamics of bullying and cyberbullying.
NEW MEMBERS SINCE THE JULY NEWSLETTER
Joshua Freedman – CEO, Six Seconds: The Emotional Intelligence Network, Freedom CA
Kate Mackinnone – physical therapist, Livermore
Kristin Lorey – ambassador, Every Monday Matters, Los Angeles
Nandini Patel – project volunteer, SEL Alliance, Placentia
Lauren Walters – teacher, Los Angeles
Sam Chan – retired administrator, LA County Childen’s System of Care, Torrance
Marcy Orendorff – illustrator/writer, Marcy Fine Art, Benincia, CA
Eleni Ierides -project volunteer, SEL Alliance, Newport Beach
Linda Glaser – Educator/Creator, Los Angeles
Jo Kelly – project volunteer, SEL Alliance, Orange
Annie Goeke – Executive Director, Earth Rights Institute, Santa Monica
James Howell – CEO, The CF Fitness, Long Beach
Jill Zamoyta – Big Bear Lake
Tunde Oye – owner, 6 Tools Fitness, Los Angeles
TiaMarie Harrison – adjunct faculty, Playa del Rey
Edward Lee Goldstein – health educator and author, Sherman Oaks,
Janet OMalley – substitute teacher, La Verne
Maja Watkins – founder, ZipZapZop Enrichment, Los Angeles
Sheila McMullin – Site Director, Action Civics CA, an initiative of Mikva Challenge, Los Angeles
Samantha Montes – founder, Beyond the Classroom After School Enrichment, South Pasadena
Patricia Jones – founder, PS I Love You Foiundation, Redondo Beach
Susan Morrissey – Principal. Mercymount Country Day School, Rockland CA
Ravi Hansra – CEO, Hansra Advisory and Consulting Services, Chicago
Ian Keiller- Health Outreach Progam Director, A World Fit for Kids, Los Angeles
Wendy Newman, Innertaining Media, Beverly Hills
Ford Roosevelt – President & CEO, Project GRAD Los Angeles, Mission Hills
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