California SEL Alliance News

Administrators

Palmdale School District Provides SEL Specialists During Pandemic

Palmdale School District’s social emotional learning specialists help students with a variety of concerns, and who might struggle with distance learning and miss going to school each day because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The specialists, also known as SELS, are licensed through the state of California to be mental health practitioners. Palmdale School District

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Administrators

EdSource Interview: Linda Darling-Hammond

President of the CA State Board of Education discusses California’s school response to the coronavirus Linda Darling-Hammond is president of the State Board of Education in California, and also president of the Learning Policy Institute, a research and policy organization in Palo Alto. Working closely with Gov. Gavin Newsom, she has played a significant role

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Administrators

CNN: It’s Time to Accept That the Point of School Has Changed

The point of school right now is to develop a new normal, says journalist and parent Lisa Selin Davis. She explores what parents, teachers, administrators and kids owe to each other right now. “Many children, regardless of economic status or neurodiversity, are experiencing massive social regression in the absence of their peer and teacher connections,

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Administrators

Making Students’ Social-emotional Health Integral to Distance Learning

“You can’t teach them until you reach them,” says Cindy Marten, superintendent of San Diego Unified, the state’s second-largest district, as she talks about the importance of daily check-ins with students to assess how they’re feeling and the district’s system of additional support  involving counselors and mental health specialists. From EdSource, listen to a podcast

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Why Students Need Counselors Now More Than Ever

The high school senior sitting across from Franciene Sabens was in tears over the abrupt amputation of her social life and turmoil at home. Because of the coronavirus, there will be no prom, no traditional send-off or ceremony for the graduates of Carbondale Community High School in Carbondale, Ill. And Sabens, one of the school’s

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Guidance on Remote Teaching Resources for Special Ed Students

If you’re looking for guidance documents from the US Dept. of Education relating to special education and related services during the coronavirus school closure, visit the special education guidance hub. The Educating All Learners Alliance, a new partnership of over thirty disability, advocacy and professional groups, has created a “hub of curated tools, strategies, tips

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Communities

9 Ways Schools Will Look Different When (And If) They Reopen

Recently, governors including California’s Gavin Newsom and New York’s Andrew Cuomo have started to talk about what school reopening might look like. From shorter days to smaller classes, school will likely look radically different in the fall. Three-quarters of U.S. states have now officially closed schools for the rest of the academic year. While remote

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