Our Approach

In order to form a long-term plan to combat violence and substance abuse and other school and social ills in a serious way, and to raise academic test results and dramatically improve school climate and student engagement, we should make certain that:

  • There is a transparent plan that every citizen can see and learn what they can do to help.
  • Anti-violence and anti-addiction nonprofit groups, foundations, businesses and other concerned sectors find common ground to form a mutual plan that backs a long-term approach to reduce violence and addiction through education – and particularly education that prioritizes social and emotional learning..
  • Led by the community first and foremost, our elected officials are encouraged to communicate to the public that they are backing a long-term approach that embraces SEL and would allow children the opportunity to learn with less distraction.

Let’s use the existing infrastructure of the schools to educate young people in habits of thinking that improve the chances of leading a successful, loving, valuable and violence and addiction-free life.

The Plan

  • Use safe and supportive schools to teach the social and emotional control skills necessary to reduce violence and addictions.
  • Have children develop and practice strategies that result in community service, conflict resolution and mediation.
  • Learn and use a social-emotional learning curriculum to teach how to manage emotions and control thought so it becomes a habit.
  • Train our teachers in SEL paid for by Title II professional development program funds, Social Impact Bonds and other grants to help reduce the financial consequences of violence and addictions.
  • Conduct workshops and educate the community in SEL skills to support the schools and improve the quality of life in California.
  • Require SEL training for all students earning degrees in teaching – thereby reducing the far higher  costs of later training substantially.

Join Our Alliance

Help educate the public and our political leaders….

  • That a long-term plan that includes SEL must be put in place as a priority if we hope to win our battle with crime and addiction.
  • About the importance of SEL (by any name it is known) because of how it changes behaviors that concern and cost our society so much while giving all children a chance to thrive in school and life…and all schools the opportunity to soar.
  • That violent crime and substance abuse has an effect on all citizens in the state – if not personally touched by the grief caused to the survivors, then certainly financially. Violent crime in the U.S. and drug abuse costs hundreds of billions a year. This raises our medical and other insurance payments and taxes, if not out-of-pocket personal expenses. Amortized over 125.8 million American households, the average cost is $4,475 per household. California has 11.5 million households. State residents, therefore, would be paying $51.462 billion of these costs.

Action Steps:

  • At home by learning and using the material on our site as well as other sources;
  • By telling your friends, colleagues and family about SEL and how it can reduce violence and addictions;
  • By helping to give out information about SEL, including posters and flyers to local businesses to display;
  • By encouraging our elected officials to promote, implement and measure results from SEL programming in order to make our streets safe, our schools meaningful and our society more positive.