SEL4CA cares deeply about introducing social-emotional learning (SEL) into all our California schools and communities. SEL teaches the life skills of self and emotional awareness and management, how to create and maintain healthy relationships, conflict resolution, the “social awareness” ability to understand and empathize with others, responsible decision making, and effective problem solving. Our Steering Committee supports the Executive Director in the important work of making SEL integral in all schools.
A 20+ year veteran educator with a passion for treating students as whole people by prioritizing their social and emotional learning and development. She has dedicated her career to making culturally responsive Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) a priority in all schools for all students, serving as a classroom teacher, school site administrator, county office director, and state representative for a four-county region under the direction of the California Department of Education (CDE). Dr. Cranston holds an Ed.D. in K-12 Education Leadership, having conducted her doctoral research on SEL, she has lent her passion and expertise at the local, state, and national levels and authored numerous articles in addition to her book, Creating Social and Emotional Learning Environments.