California SEL Alliance News

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Worth Magazine Explores the Value of EQ in Corporate America

In this interview, Yale professor and author Marc Brackett concisely summarizes the benefit of SEL for organizations. “Companies would do far better if they gave people permission to feel. People would be more creative, spend more time on tasks. If they don’t feel a bond with their supervisor, employees spend way more time off-task, kvetching

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In Wake of School Shooting, Nearly $1 Million for SEL to Increase School Safety

In May 2019, student Kendrick Castillo gave his life stopping a school shooter in Douglas County, CO. Six months later, the county has awarded nearly $1 million to local schools for mental health and social-emotional learning resources to improve school safety. Resources include school climate and culture assessments; social emotional learning curriculum; suicide prevention and

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ClassDojo Launches “Big Idea” in SEL

In its latest Big Ideas series, ClassDojo has produced 12 free animated video episodes and discussion guides to help children understand their emotions and build emotional intelligence. In this Big Ideas series, the ClassDojo monsters, led by Mojo & Katie, explore a range of emotions. One new learning experience will be released each week and

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Online Certificate Program in SEL for Teachers

Northcentral University’s new Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Education, Social Emotional Learning is ideal for teachers or leaders in the professional learning community. The curriculum is aligned to the five core competencies identified by the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL). Students will explore the concepts and benefits of SEL, including its relevance to equity,

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Using Virtual Reality to Combat Bullying

Nearly half of students in grades 4-12 report being bullied in the past month. And, almost a third of student admit to bullying others in the same time frame. Now, eighth graders in New Jersey have compiled a virtual reality (VR) experience of bullying, so that other students can understand how it feels.  

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Free SEL Program for Elementary Students and Classrooms

This new, free program provides standards-aligned learning activities for K-5 educators to use in the classroom, during out-of-school programming, or even at home. The program includes lesson bundles, educator videos, family activities, and even a virtual field trip. Wings developed this program in partnership with Discovery Education and sponsorship from the Allstate Foundation.

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A Video Game As Effective as Therapy for Anxiety and Depression

Many SEL advocates want to see home-based and out-of-classroom applications to help foster the SEL culture. The Play Nice Institute uses PCs and tablets to meet kids and families where they are, with fun, clinically proven games that promote health and resiliency. The organization’s flagship game, MindLight, uses the player’s mind as a game controller

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Upcoming Teacher Education Webinar Series on SEL

November 14 saw the first in a series of webinars on SEL for teacher candidates. (View the recorded webinar.) Upcoming webinars are planned for January, March, and May. Watch the AACTE website for more information as dates and topics are finalized.

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Answering Objections to SEL

SEL is a hot topic right now. That currency can produce objections. Some people might object that SEL displaces much-needed academic time in the classroom. Others might argue the SEL skills cannot be taught or learned. Educators and policymakers debate the role SEL should play in school accountability. This EducationNext article provides a useful summary

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