California SEL Alliance News

Educators

Count, Breathe, Relax with Count von Count from Sesame Street

For younger students, preschool up to age six, learning to relax in these trying times might be of great benefit, not only for the children, but for teachers and parents alike. Count von Count, the friendly vampire-like Muppet on Sesame Street, the master of numbers, offers a way for youngsters to learn how to calm

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Communities

Student’s Winning License Plate Design Supports Mental Health Awareness

Danville, CA — Anshuree Banerjee, a student at Dougherty Valley High School in the San Ramon Valley Unified School District (SRVUSD), designed the winning entry for California’s Mental Health Awareness License Plate. Banerjee’s design was selected after a statewide contest for high school students. Proceeds raised from the sale of the plates will go to

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Communities

Book Review: Adventurous Olivia’s Alphabet Quest by Florenza Denise Lee

Author, Narrative Coach, Storyteller and Talk Show Host Florenza’s Denise Lee’s latest publication, Adventurous Olivia’s Alphabet Quest, is a tale about a precocious little girl named Olivia who is lively, vivacious and ever so adventurous.   The series will feature an African-American multi-generational family unit. Florenza’s publications highlight social-emotional learning, elementary school concepts, mindfulness, military lifestyles

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Communities

Varsity Brands Launches “Impact Now” SEL Curriculum

Varsity Brands, the market leader in team sports, school spirit and achievement recognition, today announced the launch of a dedicated campaign, Impact Now, in anticipation of the 2020-2021 school year.  Impact Now leverages Varsity Brands’ scale and expertise on campuses across the country to offer administrators, faculty, and coaches with a digital playbook and related

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Administrators

Students Speak Out: California Educators Host First-ever Statewide Talk About Institutional Racism

On Wednesday afternoon, June 18th, over 300 California educators, parents, and students tuned into Facebook Live to hear high school students speak honestly about their own experiences of racism, implicit bias, and trauma at school. The “Student Support Circle: Institutional Racism and Implicit Bias,” was co-hosted by the California Department of Education and the National

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Highlights of California’s 2020-2021 Education Budget

The California state legislature recently passed a budget for 2020-2021 and sent it to the governor for signing. Highlights for social-emotional learning include the following [emphasis added in places]: In lieu of a full Local Control Accountability Plan, by Sept. 30 districts must do a Learning Continuity and Attendance plan describing how they will respond

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Communities

Santa Ana Unified School District Creates Ethnic Studies Requirement

Following police brutality protests in local cities in the wake of George Floyd’s death, Santa Ana Unified is the first school district in the country to create an ethnic studies course that will be a graduation requirement in 2022. The requirement is something for which members of the community have voiced support. Educators, parents and

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Administrators

What Anti-racist Teachers Do Differently

by Pirette McKamey, the first black principal of Mission High School in San Francisco, CA Ask black students who their favorite teacher is, and they will joyfully tell you. Ask them what it is about their favorite teacher, and most will say some version of this: They know how to work with me. So much

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