California SEL Alliance News

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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Administrators

Get Your Free Launch Kit for the 2020 National No One Eats Alone Day

No One Eats Alone® Day is student-led celebration that teaches everyone how to make friends at lunch, often the most difficult part of the school day. This year, No One Eats Alone day falls on Valentine’s Day, February 14. There’s still time to sign up and request the free materials to launch your very own

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Communities

February is Choose Love Month!

In February, go beyond Valentine’s Day by learning to choose courage, gratitude, forgiveness, and compassion. This month is the 6th annual Choose Love Awareness Month from the Jessie Lewis Choose Love Movement. The Choose Love Awareness Month brings attention to the importance of teaching children core competencies and skills beyond academics that can help them

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Administrators

Join #SELDAY March27

Make the commitment today to support social and emotional learning (SEL) in your schools and community. On Friday, March 27th, join educators, community groups, and local officials around the globe as we harness the power of SEL on the first ever International #SELday! Working together we will raise awareness for SEL, create activities and events that demonstrate the

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Administrators

Legislative Update – January 2020

These are California bills we are monitoring this year and which we encourage member support by emailing or calling your legislators. Upcoming Resolution – Announced last year but pulled back before formal introduction and to be introduced early in the new session by Senator Henry Stern and inspired in part by our Alliance member Susan

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Administrators

SEL Contributes to Improving African American Suspension Rates in California

As reported in this EdSource story, data from a new California Department of Education report suggests that restorative justice programs, including social-emotion learning, are effective in improving school climate. “I think we’ve learned that social-emotional learning is mandatory,” says Orange County Superintendent of Schools Al Mijares. “If a student is disrupting class, kicking them out

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