California SEL Alliance News

“How Should I Talk About Race in My Mostly White Classroom?”

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 72 percent of Californians identify as white. Many of the state’s schools are bound to be filled with mostly white classrooms, led by mostly white teaching staffs. How can these schools, and the communities that house them, hold productive dialogs about race? The Anti-Defamation League offers seven strategies to guide

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Santa Barbara Works to Prevent Rise of Teen Suicides During the Pandemic

Frann Wageneck, the assistant superintendent of Student Services at the Santa Barbara Unified School District, set out to conquer the silent beast. Shedding the stigma around depression by integrating social-emotional learning into schools became her mission. The number of teen suicide attempts began to drop once the district rolled out the Signs of Suicide (SOS)

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Communities

Rutgers University Study: Black Teens Suffer Depressive Symptoms From Daily Racism

Black teens experience over five incidences of discrimination daily — mainly online. According to a Rutgers University study, the experience of daily racial discrimination can lead to negative mental health effects, The study, published in the Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, examined how often black teens experience racial discrimination each day – either personally or

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Communities

Free Viewing of “13TH” A Documentary Film by Ava DuVernay

The documentary “13th” begins with an alarming statistic: One out of four African-American males will serve prison time at one point or another in their lives. Premiering recently at the New York Film Festival, “13th” is the first documentary to open the festival in its 54 year history. Director Ava DuVernay ’s takes an unflinching,

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Communities

Twelve Books to Help Children Understand Race, Anti-Racism and Protest

At the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, the education department has been considering how to dismantle racism for the last decade, even before the museum’s doors opened in 2016. Most recently, they launched a web portal dedicated to “Talking About Race.” The museum decided to share it with the public at

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Communities

Southern Poverty Law Center’s Free Teaching Tolerance Guide Helps Build Civil and Inclusive School Communities

SPLC’s Teaching Tolerance outreach program provides free resources to educators—teachers, administrators, counselors and other practitioners—who work with children from kindergarten through high school. These resources include classroom lessons, webinars, grants, podcasts, policy guides and much more. The program emphasizes anti-bias and social justice. The anti-bias approach encourages children and young people to challenge prejudice and

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