California SEL Alliance News

Administrators

Legislative Update: February 2020

As you know if you follow the Alliance newsletter, in order for the Alliance and you as members to be truly effective in supporting the expansion of SEL in California, it is crucial to actively contact our district legislators and voice our support for specific bills. We encourage regular contacts, even if only a monthly

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Administrators

Five Key SEL Roles in Your District

If you’re thinking about making your first (or next) SEL hire, there are several decisions to make across compensation, reporting structure, and timing. But first, you need to gain clarity on the job(s) you are hiring for, the responsibilities of the role, and the skillsets you are looking for in candidates. Panaroma Education has put

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Administrators

SEL, STEM, and Resilience

Collaboration and the ability to persist through failure are critical in science. Read how teachers built these skills themselves during a school innovation conference, so that they could model and teach the skills to their students. Read the article.

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Administrators

Free SEL Resources from ASCD

According to research by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, social-emotional learning helps young people to be “twice as likely to attain a college degree in early adulthood; 54% more likely to earn a high school diploma; and 46% more likely to have a full-time job at the age of 25.” ASCD has collected useful resources

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Educators

Suzanne Nagata Brings Mindfulness to Teaching

“The social-emotional part I feel is kind of the foundation of our school. Everything we do, everyone who works here understands that. Those social-emotional skills of being able to find how we interact with people and understanding ourselves and understanding the cultural context of each other… Our school does a lot of meditation. I do

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Administrators

SEL Helps Drive Drop in Chronic Absenteeism in South Pasadena

“Reducing chronic absenteeism has the potential to improve student advancement,” said Superintendent Geoff Yantz of the South Pasadena Unified School District. “By looking into the reasons why students are absent, we have been able to adopt new programs and hire staff to help in ways that best support our students, especially on the social-emotional level.”

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California Districts Are Investing in Counselors

“Counselors provide a host of other services critical to student wellbeing and campus climate, such as handling discipline and behavior issues, working with teachers on social and emotional learning, and advocating for students with independent education plans. Counselors also have mental health training, and often serve as ‘first responders’ who can identify students who are

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Administrators

Superintendent Makes the Link Between SEL and Test Scores in Anaheim

“We don’t teach to the test,” writes Frank Donovan, superintendent of the Magnolia School District. “We focus on the whole child, as evidenced by our music and arts programs, our comprehensive social emotional learning programs that foster skills to help students cope with everyday challenges and our innovative use of technology that has one computer

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