California SEL Alliance News

Communities

New Members – December 2019

This month, the Alliance welcomed the following new members: Kyle McElfresh – Los Angeles, Independent Volunteers, Business Owner and Social Worker Caitlyn Christensen – Los Angeles, English Teacher Ross Brodie – Santa Monica, CEO Emotional ABCs (SEL Provider) Daisy Barba – Rowland Heights, Grandparent Rosalie Ness – Sacramento,Teacher Danielle Colvert – Beverly Hills, Principal, Good

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Administrators

San Ramon High Schools to Open Emotional Wellness Centers

Beginning with the 2020-21 school year, high school students in San Ramon will have a new refuge at school. The purpose of the district’s new Wellness Centers is to provide an additional safe place where students can go during the school day to receive support or to just take a break when they feel pressure,

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New Research Shows Emotional Intelligence Predicts Academic Performance

A recent Forbes article details a meta-analysis of SEL research into how emotional intelligence translates into better grades for students. The research “analyzed data from more than 160 studies, representing more than 42,000 students from 27 countries, published between 1998 and 2019. More than 76% were from English-speaking countries. The students ranged in age from

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Communities

City of Los Angeles Issues SEL-related RFP

The Mayor of Los Angeles’s Office of Gang Reduction and Youth Development (GRYD) seeks a contractor “to provide in-depth trauma and resiliency skill building training and follow-up sessions to GRYD gang intervention service provider staff, enabling them to provide effective gang intervention services to GRYD participants and communities through a trauma-informed approach.” They also seek

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Coming Soon! An Opportunity To Participate In A Local SEL4CA Chapter

Please watch your emails in early January for information about participating in a new local SEL4CA chapter. You can join with other members in your area to create local initiatives and keep us informed of your progress! The upcoming emails will spell out a number of options to help prime your own creativity and ideas

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Administrators

Free SEL ToolKit

Panorama Education is offering a free bundle with three of their top resources, perfect for sharing with school administrators so they can support adult and student SEL. The kit includes Research-backed Adult SEL Readiness Assessment 3 Activities for Adults to Practice Modeling SEL SEL Exploration Worksheet Register to download the kit. Each resource is available

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Administrators

California Health Care Providers Focus on Emotional Health of Students and Educators

Kaiser and Blue Shield California are participating in research and projects to improve the emotional health of students and educators. This recent EducationDive article details initiatives by both companies. Kaiser believes that schools can’t address the health of their school employees and students alone. That’s why they’ve created Thriving Schools initiative for students, staff, and

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Administrators

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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Administrators

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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Communities

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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