California SEL Alliance News

Communities

Ukiah Blends Academics and SEL

Ukiah Unified School District is implementing multi-tiered systems of support (MTSS) throughout the district to bolster SEL, and academics, for students. “In the past, many educators assumed that students should leave their feelings at the door if they were serious about learning and wanted to be successful. Academic and social-emotional issues were considered separate, and

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Administrators

The Race to Represent LAUSD District 7

Educators across California are watching the upcoming school board elections in Los Angeles. Understand where all candidates for the open LAUSD District 7 position stand on comprehensive SEL in CA schools. Read the story.

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Webinar: How to Embed Social-Emotional Learning into MTSS and RTI

Districts and schools are increasingly leveraging both social-emotional learning (SEL) and multi-tiered system of supports (MTSS) to improve academic outcomes while also supporting the needs of the whole child. However, effectively embedding SEL into a tiered support framework like MTSS or RTI can be challenging without the right data, processes, and tools in place. Join

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Administrators

“Who cares how a child feels about themselves if they can’t read or write?”

A randomized controlled trial — considered the gold standard in research — found that after two years, kindergartners and first-graders who participated in Wings for Kids SEL program improved in skills like self-awareness, self-regulation and decision-making. The students also boosted their reading and vocabulary skills, compared with their peers who hadn’t been in the Wings

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Communities

The Best Way to Teach EQ in the Workplace

According to Harvard Business Review, don’t lead with data when introducing EQ. Metrics showing our shortcomings can just make us defensive. Instead, start with a conversational and interactive approach intended to increase self-awareness. Read the story.

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How Can SEL Avoid the Fate of Common Core?

Good intentions don’t always lead to good outcomes. The drive for high educational standards led to the creation and adoption of the Common Core standards. Few people argued against high standards and consistency from school to school. However, implementation of Common Core often fell victim to resentment of its top-down nature and host of unintended

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Administrators

To Help Students, East Palo Alto School Focuses on Parents

“Parents are usually seen as adults in the service of children, but we forget to acknowledge that they are also individuals with their own hopes and dreams,” says Valentina Helo-Villegas, who directs the parent coaching program at The Primary School in East Palo Alto. Read more in this EdSurge article.

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Administrators

International SEL Day 2020–March 27, 2020

In collaboration with The Urban Assembly (and shout out to Dave Adams of SEL4NY for conceiving this idea!), SEL4US is launching the first annual SEL Day on March 27, 2020 to showcase, promote, advocate for and support SEL. We know many of you are involved with SEL work in schools and communities outside of your

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Communities

New Documentary on Early Childhood Development Coming January 29, 2020

If you subscribe to this newsletter, you probably know that healthy development in early childhood is fundamental for later success in relationships, school, work, and life. A new documentary coming out in January 2020, Brain Matters, aims to share this knowledge—and its ramifications—with a wider audience. Based on their belief in the importance of early

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