WELCOME TO THE MOST IMPORTANT SCHOOL REFORM AND YOUTH ADVANCEMENT MOVEMENT IN CALIFORNIA!
We are a group of people who primarily are educators (teachers and principals), or providers of social-emotional learning programs and practices, or who work for education or community organizations. Many or our organizations are also Alliance members.
We came together because we care deeply about introducing social-emotional learning (SEL) into all our California schools and communities as the best school and youth reform available because it 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.
SEL is a fundamental game-changer for academic learning and positive school cultures. Comprehensive social-emotional learning that embraces staff as well as students dramatically improves the life skills and prospects of all children and raises their emotional and social intelligence (EQ alongside IQ). Notably, SEL is shown to reduce violence, inequity, racism, crime, suicides and addictions in our schools and society.
Before the Alliance was formed in the summer of 2017, California had no statewide volunteer organization that brought together practitioners of and advocates for social-emotional learning (individuals and nonprofit and for-profit enterprises) to collaboratively promote the implementation of SEL programs and practices.
Currently, an estimated 10%-15% of California school districts now benefit from SEL instruction and implementation.
Our goal is to increase the resources provided by the state and by local school districts so that comprehensive SEL is adopted rapidly in all state schools, pre-K to 12. We also seek to influence and assist decision-makers in making SEL part of our lives by expanding its adoption in after-school programs and relevant community youth programs, as well as provide resources for parents to adopt SEL practices in their homes.
By advancing the teaching and practice of SEL skills in our schools, we will:
- Increase academic achievement (up 11% universally and 17% for at-risk students).
- Reduce the staggering human and financial costs caused by violence, addiction and other social maladies (and for every one dollar invested in effective SEL, the return is $11).
Make your or your organization’s voice strong in the cause by joining one of our delegations to key decision makers at schools districts, counties and the state. Email your availability to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tax-deductible donations via Earthways Foundation/CSEL, our fiscal sponsor, allow us to expand our capacities and reach. Please help as you can. Checks can be made out to and sent to Earthways/CSEL at 20178 Rockport Way, Malibu, CA. Earthways has been engaged in support of good causes since 1985. Its tax ID number is 95-4021351.