With California schools physically closed and distance-teaching now the norm, it’s possibly even more important than ever to provide meaningful SEL programs and practices to students learning from home. A recent survey of California parents by Global Strategy Group found that 50% of parents said their children are over-stressed. Child psychologists and social workers are reporting a mental health crisis among children, and teachers and administrators are keenly aware of the issue as anxiety and depression have spread among students during COVID restrictions.
We asked the leaders of the 18 states that boast SEL Alliances for their experiences and recommendations. Called to our attention were the programs below which we share, though, as a standing practice, we don’t endorse programs but rather invite comments as well as information about other online SEL programs.
- Ripple Effects – https://rippleeffects.com/
- Classcraft – https://www.classcraft.com/
- School Connect – https://school-connect.net/digital-solution
- Rutgers Social Emotional Character Development Lab – https://www.secdlab.org/supplemental-lessons-2
- Edgenuity – https://www.edgenuity.com/solutions/social-and-emotional-learning/
- Camp Edmo – https://campedmo.org/sel-skills-game/
- BASE Education – https://base.education/
- Write Brain Books – https://writebrainbooks.com/
Meanwhile, CASEL.org has created a list of online SEL programs viewable at https://selproviders.casel.org/sel-resources/. These include some from well-known providers who have adopted parts of their programs for distance teaching. None of these are rated; CASEL does not have the bandwidth to do so.
We also ask you as Alliance members to share your own experiences. Send to firstname.lastname@example.org for potential inclusion on our resources section of SEL4CA.org.