California SEL Alliance News

Communities

The Best Way to Teach EQ in the Workplace

According to Harvard Business Review, don’t lead with data when introducing EQ. Metrics showing our shortcomings can just make us defensive. Instead, start with a conversational and interactive approach intended to increase self-awareness. Read the story.

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How Can SEL Avoid the Fate of Common Core?

Good intentions don’t always lead to good outcomes. The drive for high educational standards led to the creation and adoption of the Common Core standards. Few people argued against high standards and consistency from school to school. However, implementation of Common Core often fell victim to resentment of its top-down nature and host of unintended

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Administrators

To Help Students, East Palo Alto School Focuses on Parents

“Parents are usually seen as adults in the service of children, but we forget to acknowledge that they are also individuals with their own hopes and dreams,” says Valentina Helo-Villegas, who directs the parent coaching program at The Primary School in East Palo Alto. Read more in this EdSurge article.

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Administrators

International SEL Day 2020–March 27, 2020

In collaboration with The Urban Assembly (and shout out to Dave Adams of SEL4NY for conceiving this idea!), SEL4US is launching the first annual SEL Day on March 27, 2020 to showcase, promote, advocate for and support SEL. We know many of you are involved with SEL work in schools and communities outside of your

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Communities

New Documentary on Early Childhood Development Coming January 29, 2020

If you subscribe to this newsletter, you probably know that healthy development in early childhood is fundamental for later success in relationships, school, work, and life. A new documentary coming out in January 2020, Brain Matters, aims to share this knowledge—and its ramifications—with a wider audience. Based on their belief in the importance of early

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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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