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The secondary edition of the Strengthening Coherence Across Initiatives report explores:

  • Why the rapid pace of adolescent brain development makes relationship-based, experience-rich learning environments so essential,
  • How complementary whole-child practices are embedded in California’s secondary initiatives, and
  • Where there is work to be done to better support young people in this critical stage of development.
For Educators, School & District Leadership

This report offers a fresh perspective on aligning the multiple education initiatives across California through a whole-child lens. With insights into how initiatives like Community Schools, Expanded Learning, MTSS, PBIS, and SEL can be viewed through a holistic lens, this report aims to spark conversations and inspire actions that bring us closer to a unified approach to education in California.

For Educators, School & District Leadership

Research shows that well-implemented, evidence-based SEL programs are the most effective way to support young people’s success and well-being in school and beyond. Use this guide to determine your SEL team and goals, connect your needs to CASEL metrics, and identify and compare SEL programs.

For Educators, School & District Leadership

High profile acts of mass violence, particularly in schools, can confuse and frighten children and youth who may feel in danger or worry that their friends or loved ones are at risk. They will look to adults for information and guidance on how to react. Caregivers and school personnel have a responsibility to help children and youth feel safe by establishing a sense of normalcy and security, reinforcing their natural resilience, and talking with them about their fears.

For Educators, Families, School & District Leadership

This series of nine webinars helps music educators better understand how to elevate the lived experience, voices, and cultural assets of their students through the development of exemplary music education practices and approaches. The series is designed to activate the SEL competencies of self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision-making through the artistic processes of create, perform, respond, and connect.

For Educators

Skills such as relationship building and self-management skills help middle schoolers to cope with what can be a difficult time developmentally. Here are 20 different activities that you can use with your middle schoolers to support their social-emotional learning.

For Educators

Recent research emphasizes the importance of social and emotional skills, experiences, and mindsets—such as conflict resolution, conscientiousness, goal-setting, study skills, belonging, and adaptive self-beliefs—for thriving in adolescence and into adulthood. This report contains three key insights into that the role of high schools–and their climates–in shaping students’ trajectories.

For Educators, School & District Leadership

The bookends of a class—the first few moments, and the wrap up at the end—can transform all the material addressed in the middle. But effectively drawing students into a lesson at the start of class, or checking for understanding and correcting misunderstandings at the end of class, requires more than simple “do nows” or reminding students of homework assignments as they pack their bags.

For Educators

The ability to identify emotions in ourselves and others, talk about them, and find ways to deal with them in appropriate ways, is an important competency that’s closely connected to academic outcomes. Here are 12 strategies, across grade levels, to help students identify and talk about their emotions.

For Educators, Families

SEL-focused read-alouds present an opportunity for teachers and students to build classroom community through collaboration. The discussion and questioning that read-alouds can facilitate opens opportunities for students and teachers to make personal connections with characters or events in the story and to learn about their classmates’ diverse experiences, backgrounds, and cultures—thereby developing empathy.

For Educators, Families