SEL4CA Regions

Los Angeles

Regional Coordinators

Susan Ward-Roncalli, PhD.

Social Emotional Learning Advisor

Rachel Solis

So Cal Educational Partnerships
Collaborative Classroom

Los Angeles Regional Update

The nation’s schools were already struggling to meet students’ mental health needs when the pandemic hit. How can schools rise to meet students’ ballooning needs in that area as a massive school reopening gets underway?

To be sure, it will be difficult to balance mental health support with an equally massive academic recovery. But child development experts say it’s a balance schools must attempt to strike if they want students to regain their academic footing after an unprecedented year of disruptions, stress, and trauma.

An infusion of federal COVID-19 relief money will help, but how those funds are used will be pivotal. And experts say that schools cannot just focus on the students they know are in crisis; they must bolster supports for all students as well as staff members.

EducationWeek Article “Here’s What Schools Can Do”


Regional News

Professional Learning and Networking Opportunities

Deepening Our Practice: Building the Schools Our Students Need

Date: June 13, 2023
Time: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Location: online
LAUSD 2023 Symposium

This year’s LAUSD Social Emotional Learning (SEL) educator symposium will highlight the work of administrators, educators, and schools. Keynote speaker and SEL4CA steering committee member Dr. Jacqueline L. Sanders is an accomplished author, school principal, and lecturer whose work has led to dramatic improvements in some of Southern California’s most under-resourced schools.

Sessions will include:

  • SEL for Adults
  • Leading SEL
  • Integrating SEL Into Instruction
  • Building Parent Capacity in SEL
  • Second Step: Implementing With Fidelity
  • Harmony SEL: Everyday Practices & 3rd Edition
  • Inner Explorer: Bring Mindfulness to Your School
  • Focus School: Using Data to Drive Improvement
  • Youth Empowerment: Developing Change Agents