California SEL Alliance News

Administrators

Federal SEL Legislation Needs Your Immediate Support

Last month, the House Appropriations Committee passed legislation that provides historic levels of federal funding ($260M) for social and emotional learning. The bill will be taken up shortly by the Senate Appropriations Committee. We ask your organization to sign on to this letter drafted by CASEL urging the committee to incorporate this funding into its bill. Details about

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Newsletter

Encouraging Outtakes from Interview With Linda Darling-Hammond, New President of the California State Board of Education

In reporting on Linda Darling-Hammond’s appointment by new California Governor Newsom to the 11-member state board, the Washington Post described her as “a giant in education.” Best known as founder and president of the Learning Policy Institute based in Palo Alto, she has long been a major national voice for policy supporting social-emotional learning, equity

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Communities

Good News For After-School Funding Helps Build Momentum

Last month we reported on the advocacy campaign to save after-school funding in California, which was facing cuts when increases are needed. After rallies in Sacramento and around the state, the Senate Budget Subcommittee on Education voted to include additional funding for After School Education and Safety (ASES) – good temporary news (if not a

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Communities

Los Angeles Members – Please Support Measure EE

The big funding initiative is Measure EE supported by Mayor Garcetti – which has corporations, building owners and homeowners owners (except seniors) paying a little more in real estate taxes in order to lower class sizes and attract and retain quality teachers, counselors, school nurses, librarians, support staff and principals. It is facing strong opposition

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SEL in the News

California Teacher in National SEL Spotlight

California language arts teacher Erin Castillo helped CBS news put the spotlight on social emotional learning. This CBS News segment shows how Castillo implemented her own system of emotional check-ins and relationship-building dialogue. “Their grades have gone way up this year, their self-esteem has gone up,” Castillo tells reported Jamie Yuccas in the segment. “They’re

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SEL in the News

Dr. Amy Cranston Now Leads California SEL Alliance

Since July 2019, Dr. Amy Cranston has been at the forefront of the social-emotional learning (SEL) revolution in California as executive director of the California SEL Alliance. Amy formerly and for some years served as Director of Expanded Learning Services for the Ventura County Office of Education and a Regional Lead for the California Dept.

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