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APRIL NEWSLETTER

  • HOW TO HELP EXPAND SEL IN CALIFORNIA
  • AFTERSCHOOL NEEDS HELP
  • ALLIANCE MEMBER HIGHLIGHTS
  • UPDATE ON PARENT FAIR AND STATEWIDE CONFERENCE 
  • LATEST RESEARCH INFO TO USE IN ADVOCATING FOR SEL AND TEACHING IT
  • SESAME STREET PLAYS SEL
  • THE DALAI LAMA ROLLS OUT AN SEL PROGRAM
  • GOOD READINGS
  • NEW MEMBERS

YOU CAN WITH LITTLE EFFORT HELP EXPAND SEL IN CALIFORNIA 

Here is a quiz:

Do you want to see SEL advance in this state faster with support and funding from the state government?

If yes, will you say yes to taking a few minutes to engage with the legislature to help this effort? 

Our counterparts and mentors, the Massachusetts SEL Alliance, has been successful in advancing SEL adoption in their state well beyond California’s, including in playing a key role in their legislature recently creating a special SEL-inclined state commission (to which the Mass. Alliance has been appointed as a permanent member) to promote positive mental, emotional and behavioral health and early intervention for persons with mental illness and those inclined to substance abuse.

They primarily did it with phone calls, emails and visits to legislators.

Here are bills that deserve our support because they will, in different ways, advance SEL implementation. Also the link below provides fast access to your legislators, so you need only call or write and say “I support the following bills and I ask you to do the same.”

FIND YOUR LEGISLATORS: http://www.legislature.ca.gov/your_legislator.html

AB 167 seeks to provide more funds for childcare and development services for infants and toddlers.
AB 194 – $1 billion for enlarged early preschool and child care. (Pre-schools are SEL leaders.)
AB 895 – reforms and expands mental health services for youth and would impose a tax of 1% on incomes of $1 million or more.
AB 1196 – Enhances model “county education department community schools” in at-risk regions.
AB 1624 – seeks to provide more funding for monitoring and reporting on what is and isn’t working around school climate and mental health elements such as SEL.
AB 1725 – Makes up for recent cutbacks in after-school programs. (More on this below)
SB 686 –  Creates a competition grant program for low-income areas with at-risk youth that includes in its focus “whole child” development from cradle to career.

FIND YOUR LEGISLATORS: http://www.legislature.ca.gov/your_legislator.html

WORTH NOTING: The Mass. Alliance Is currently supporting a legislative bill that we could emulate in California. The bill will make SEL training an explicit requirement of educator and administrator licensure and renewal. More to come on this.

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AFTERSCHOOL NEEDS HELP

Among the leading lights in promoting social-emotional learning in California are the state’s afterschool programs, which have a higher SEL adoption rate than day schools, with support from their umbrella association the California Afterschool Network.

Afterschool programs are now at risk because of flat funding by the state for some time and with federal funds threatened. In March, hundreds of afterschool staff, students, parents, alumni and supporters went to Sacramento “to show our Governor and Legislature why we need to Save Afterschool,” as afterschool program LA’s Best, an Alliance member, reported, noting:  “The stakes are higher now than they’ve ever been. Without an increase to state afterschool funding, thousands of children and families could lose access to this critical service.” 

Advocates met with 120 members of the Legislature, backed by support from localities, including resolutions from the LA City Council and LAUSD board. AB 1725 is the proposed legislation fix, introduced by Assembly member Wendy Carrillo and listed above as among the bills we encourage Alliance members to get behind.  Again, your emails and calls do make a difference! 

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ALLIANCE MEMBER HIGHLIGHTS

(Send Your News and Announcements to info@sel4ca.org)

Committee for Children To Launch “Outside Classroom” Version of Second Step

Joan Duffel

Alliance member Committee for Children (CFC)  announced this month that it is creating a new SEL program for afterschool care, summer camps, and other learning environments beyond the classroom. The Wallace Foundation is providing an assistance grant of $836,500 to launch an adaptation of CFC’s award-winning Second Step program during the 2019–2020 school year. Second Step currently reaches 14 million children annually, from preschoolers to middle schoolers.

CFC’s executive director Joan Cole Duffell outlined an ambitious plan. “For SEL to make its greatest impact this vital area of learning should take place in all facets of a child’s life,” she wrote. “We have committed ourselves to positively transforming the social-emotional well-being of 100 million children annually by 2028, and this investment in out-of-school time programming will be integral to reaching that goal.”
Click for more details

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SEL Parenting Guidance from Laura Markham

Alliance member and parent coach Thanna Vickerman (see chooseloveparenting.com) urges other members to share with parents the upcoming course from her teacher and mentor Dr. Laura Markham, author of  Peaceful Parent, Happy Kids.  The course includes a good deal of bonus material including Markham’s earlier “Conscious Co-Parenting” series from her Aha! Parenting website, along with some exclusive interviews. 
Click for more details

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Special SEL Improv Games for Educators and Parents – and a Summer Camp

Alliance member Maja Watkins of Zip Zap Zop Enrichment and her colleague Tia Marie Harrison are leading a series of what they call Improv Games to teach SEL social skills to educators and parents in a relaxed atmosphere. From Maja: “Many social skills classes are in clinical settings where they have specific goals that are being worked on in a particular way by the support providers. Life isn’t always that mapped out.
 
“The only way to… reach our highest potential socially, is to use creative learning moments that help us practice the skills that are needed without even knowing we are doing it….In life, if your significant other upsets you and you decide to communicate your feelings to him/her do you say to yourself “I am using my communication skills?” Not always…. Improv games are more comparable to life experiences than many social skills classes offer because they create moments where we work on various skills collaboratively.” 
 
For Alliance members with children or to recommend to parents:  Zip Zap Zop separately has inclusive summer improv-oriented camps in Mid-City Los Angeles,  Pasadena, and Santa Monica. Zip Zap Zop is a Vendor of Regional Center, so some camps are eligible for Regional Center Funding. 

For info about either email Maja at zipzapzopenrichment@gmail.com
 
Click here to read more about improv SEL at Inspired Parenting Magazine, an Alliance member.

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UPDATE ON ALLIANCE PARENT FAIR

Planning continues on holding the first Alliance SEL Parent Fair this summer in Los Angeles as a test model for galvanizing parents into the cause.  The centerpiece agreed to by Planning Team members will be a series of demonstration trainings by Alliance members for attending children that parents can witness, each demonstration touching on a different SEL theme, such as emotional management or resilience.

There will also be brief talks on research results of SEL intermittently with the demos, tabling, and separate parent advocacy materials and guidance.  Most likely venue is a school. 

To let us know you want to be involved in the Parent Fair, please contact info@sel4ca.org and watch for our email announcements.

NOTE that an email was sent to Alliance member providers calling for proposals to present at the Parent Fair to be sent in this week.

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LATEST INFO TO USE IN ADVOCATING FOR AND TEACHING SEL  

Anyone with SEL school experience, or who has checked research data, knows SEL leads to improvements in attendance, behavior and course performance. The firm Panorama Education recently announced the results of its study focused on the 2017-2018 school year, which sought to determine exactly which elements of SEL lead to specific best outcomes. 

Its national sample covered 112,670 students in 192 schools in 26 districts and 16 states. It found that improvements in attendance and grades correlated most closely with classroom instruction in self-management and self-efficacy. Behavioral improvements correlated most closely with training in self-management and social awareness; also with the quality of teacher-student relationships.   

Panorama: “With this research, educators can make informed decisions about what to target if they hope to impact attendance, behavior, and course performance. We recommend focusing on specific SEL topics based on your district’s key goals in addition to these and other research findings.”

Click for details.

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School and Family Partnerships That Advance SEL

The following research info is taken directly from the California Dept. of Education’s monthly SEL Initiative Newsletter.  We encourage Alliance members to subscribe to the newsletter by sending a “blank” message to

join-sel-planning@mlist.cde.ca.gov.


“School and family partnerships can be as important to students’ SEL development as their academic progress, finds a new meta-analysis in the American Educational Research Association’s Review of Educational Research journal. 

EdWeek’s article Tighter Home-School Bonds Improve Students’ Social and Emotional Skills (as Well as Academics) takes a closer look at this review of 117 studies of interventions that focused on improving students’ mental health and SEL development through partnerships between parents and schools.”

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SESAME STREET PLAYS SEL

This fall at the latest, Sesame Street in a joint venture with McGraw-Hill will bring research-based Sesame Street content and expertise into pre-kindergarten (PreK) and elementary school classrooms across the U.S. “The first integrated program will incorporate critical social emotional learning skills like empathy, self-awareness and resilience into McGraw-Hill’s industry-leading Wonders literacy programs for PreK and elementary students, equipping the youngest learners for success from the start,’ the companies announced last year.

Sesame Street has also been active on the SEL front with PBS Kids, as the image above encapsulates. 

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AND NOW A WORD FROM THE DALAI LAMA

Early this month His Holiness the Dalai Lama became one of the few globally-known individuals to associate publicly with and strongly promote what he calls “SEE” (social, emotional and ethical learning). At a press conference in Delhi, he announced his alliance with  Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia in support of programs that are available in 12 languages, including English, via Emory.  

The main reason for the introduction of SEE Learning, the Dalai Lama said, “is because of the existing education system, which is not adequate and does not guarantee happiness. Children from the kindergarten stage [onward] should be taught about basic human values, which are grounded in common sense, common experience and scientific evidence to which everyone can relate to.” 

SEE Learning Associate Director Brendan Ozawa-de Silwa said that “the program brings the latest innovations in social and emotional learning, systems thinking, compassion and ethics, attention training, and trauma and resilience together in a single comprehensive package for teachers and schools with the intention of realizing the 14th Dalai Lama’s vision for a holistic education of heart and mind. 

“SEE Learning consists of a framework… that is tailored for different age levels and an online platform for preparing and supporting educators and schools. All these materials are made globally available for free, thanks to the generous support of his holiness.”  Read more. 

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GOOD READINGS

* Report commissioned by Microsoft on importance of SEL in age of artificial intelligence.
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California Schools Find Success Building Student Confidence and Campus Culture
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From Silicon Valley: Why SEL is Needed in Schools

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NEW MEMBERS

Laura Lawson – Teacher, Riverside
Melissa Jones – Principal, Fresno Unified School District, Clovis
Alexia Everett – Senior Program Officer, Stuart Foundation, San Francisco
Anisa Hamden – Executive Director, The Torch Foundation, Culver City
Mitra Forsberg – President, Forsberg Consulting, Los Angeles
Daphna Ram – Valiant Marglow, Long Beach
Betsy Carlson, Director of Outreach, Jesse Lewis Choose Love Program, Northern California
Lisa MacKenzie  – Ambassador, Jesse Lewis Choose Love Program, Davis
Nathan Roman – U.S. 
Neina Dobrick – Business Development Project Manager, Chicago
Tuqa Yousseff – Public Relations Project Manager, New York
Ceclia Aponte – Business Development Project Manager, Austin

MARCH NEWSLETTER (With February Update)

  • GOOD NEW NATIONALLY FOR ALL SEL ADVOCATES AND PROVIDERS 
  • STATE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT PUBLISHES RESOURCES GUIDE 
  • LEGISLATION WE NEED TO SUPPORT 
  • 2019 EVENTS PLANNING  
  • MEMBER STUFF AND OPPORTUNITIES 
  • NEW MEMBERS

GOOD NEWS NATIONALLY

For the last year our California Alliance has been part of an informal network of similar statewide Alliances sharing monthly best practices, developments and technology to grow our movement. In February the informal network became formal, now representing 14 states. The brand new website is – surprise! – SEL4US.org, and we encourage you to visit it to learn and engage. 

Among other initial offerings, right now on the home page you’ll find notice of a grant proposal from Novo Foundation. They will award up to $5,000 to individual teachers or groups to implement an innovative SEL project in their classrooms and/or schools in the 2019-2020 school-year, and up to $25,000 per year for district-level awardees. The deadline for applications is March 22.  

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USEFUL FOR YOU? STATE ED DEPT. PUBLISHES EXTENSIVE SEL RESOURCES GUIDE

Starting to gain attention is the extensive Guide to SEL Resources just released by the CED. Too plentiful to summarize here, the Guide was produced by a cross-agency project team under CED’s umbrella.

The Guide’s resources are intended to supplement the State SEL Guideline Principles issued a year ago December. Affirming CED’s growing support for SEL, the guidelines were produced by a special state commission backed by the department, this in conjunction with the Collaborating States Initiative in which several states undertook to develop such principles in unison.

Coming (likely this month) are recommendations to expand SEL statewide and locally – these from a team that emerged from the original Guidelines Commission. The recommendations are said to cover legislation, changes of language in the codes, a range of grant requirements, support for implementation on the local level, and other germane issues. Our Alliance is likely to back many of the proposals – and especially those dealing with SEL funding and teacher development. 

The team behind the proposals emerged from elements of the Guidelines Commission, particularly educators from Orange and Butte counties who had extensive experience in implementing the Multi-Tier System of Support with its special SEL attractions. 

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LEGISLATION WE NEED TO SUPPORT

FIND YOUR STATE LEGISLATOR TO CALL OR WRITE

CALIFORNIA GOVERNOR NEWSOM

The Legislature session is underway with hundreds of measures touching on education already introduced and with Governor Newsom’s proposal to increase pre-school funding by $750 million (helpful to SEL as pre-schools lead in SEL adoption) topping the new initiatives list. A number of bills embrace or advance important elements of social-emotional learning.

AB 1624 seeks to provide more funding for monitoring and reporting on what is and isn’t working around school climate and mental health elements such as SEL. Basically it would provide resources to improve reporting under the current “California School Climate, Health, and Learning Surveys” as “a critical means to continue to monitor and address the social-emotional and behavioral health needs of children.”

Details:https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billTextClient.xhtml?bill_id=201920200AB1624&search_keywords=social-emotional+learning


AB 167 seeks to provide more funds for childcare and development services for infants and toddlers.  “This bill would create the California Childcare-Early Head Start Partnership, and would provide that a state grant to support the partnership that supplements any federal funding shall be made available and distributed…to qualifying childcare and development programs and family childcare home education networks that serve infants and toddlers from birth to 3 years of age at a base grant amount of $4,000 annually per child, adjusted as specified.”

Details:https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billTextClient.xhtml?bill_id=201920200AB167&search_keywords=social-emotional+learning


AB 895would reform and expand mental health services for youth and would impose a tax of 1% on incomes of $1 million or more.

Details:https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billTextClient.xhtml?bill_id=201920200AB895&search_keywords=social-emotional+learning


AB 1196 Although new State Education Superintendent Tony Thurmond, a former legislator and SEL supporter, hasn’t endorsed any specifically helpful SEL legislation this early in the session, he has sponsored a measure to enhance model “county education department community schools” in at-risk regions. These “bring educators and community partners together to create high-quality schools with an integrated approach to academics, health and social services, youth and community development, and community engagement.”  More about such schools.

FIND YOUR STATE LEGISLATOR TO CALL OR WRITE

2019 EVENTS PLANNING 

Please click REPLY with (1) your desire to attend the Alliances first statewide SEL Conference, ideally next Fall or early next year, and our first modest Parent SEL Fair in Los Angeles this summer (2) your desire to present at either event and what the substance would be (3) your recommendations for presenters and breakout sessions (4) your willingness to help with the tasks to make these events successful (5) Your desire to have a table at either event. (6) Your desire to be one of the sponsors of either event.  

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MEMBER STUFF AND OPPORTUNITIES (send yours to info@sel4ca.org)

The Empathic Teacher 

SHARI  FOOS

The LAUSD has certified Alliance member The Narrative Method, founded by Shari Foos, MFT, to provide Continuing Education empathic training workshops to its teachers in salary point classes. From their website: “A compelling group experience… in a compassionate learning environment, participants practice the tools of The Narrative Method to improve students’ communication, and increase their empathy, self-esteem, and compassion for differences.” Click for more info and how to apply and dates.

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Alliance member Linda Glaser operates a unique and successful curriculum-based program at Mar Vista Elementary School and Canfield Avenue Elementary School that trains parents to teach social-emotional learning skills and problem solving strategies in a classroom setting. Parent volunteers are trained to teach 30-minute lessons once a week in the classroom.  

Linda seeks to teach this program to other program providers. At the same time she is interested in training or partnering with member program providers in their SEL methods. Learn more by contacting communitycirclela@gmail.com.  Click for more info.

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Education Week’s Free SEL Online Summit – March 20

This is a big-picture look at how states, districts, and schools can reach their students through social-emotional learning strategies and other best practices for motivating and engaging students. 

Join on Wednesday, March 20, 2019, from 10 am to 1 pm PST for a deep dive into SEL in your schools.

Learn More and Register

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From EQ.org/Six Seconds

“What are the essential practices for social emotional learning (SEL)? How can we, as educators, model SEL, measure it, and integrate it into the culture of our classroom and school?” asks EQ.org.  A pioneer in the EQ and SEL worlds, we want to remind Alliance educators whose colleagues aren’t being supported in their own SEL development, that their website offers a number of free and low–cost courses. Teacher development ones can be found here.  

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An SEL Success Report from the CED February Newsletter

“The Partnership for Children & Youth (PCY) has released a new American Institutes for Research (AIR) evaluation of PCY’s Expanded Learning 360°/365 initiative. PCY launched the Expanded Learning 360°/365 initiative in 2015 to address an overlooked opportunity: the growth in school districts’ interest in SEL occurring at the same time California’s expanded learning system has focused to improve SEL outcomes. 

“A professional learning community of diverse school districts focused on planning, aligning, and implementing SEL across the school day, after school, and summer. AIR evaluated the professional learning community from January 2017 to December 2018. AIR observed various impacts like increased professional development; collaboration between school-day and expanded learning staff; and stronger data usage and sharing. The evaluation affirms the powerful effect of collaboration. 

“Review the short summary and infographic Key to Bringing Social- Emotional Learning to Life here. Read the evaluation brief here and an evaluation summary of AIR’s findings here. Read AIR’s full report, the Professional Learning Community Evaluation, here.

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“Warning: This Product (and ‘Card Nights’) May Cause Radical Human Connection”
 

DIY Human is a spinoff from Alliance member The Narrative Method. Its DIY Human Cardslooks to be a deep-conversation provoking, EQ -advancing game of “question” cards for use with friends or as educators. But their website proclaims: “It’s not a game, it’s an experience—a fascinating, connective and expansive adventure into the stories and big ideas that shape our lives. DIY Human Cards are simple enough for anyone to use and meaningful enough to evoke and sustain deep conversations and camaraderie.”  ​

DIY Human hosts card nights at its studio in Santa Monica. Always free admission if you buy one a deck of their cards. More info here.  

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Seeking High Schools to Pilot Assessment of SEL Skills 

Schools and out-of-school time programs are invited to ask their high school students to complete a one-time, anonymous self-rating on the DESSA-HSE. Parents are also invited to participate. Stipends are provided to all participants as well as each coordinating school/out-of-school-time program site. Learn more here

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NEW MEMBERS

Cherly Leet – Director of Learning, Six Seconds, Phoenix, Az.

Danielle Lara –  Leadership/Team Development Consultant, La Habra

Freyja Pettersen – Behavioral Therapist, Pleasanton 

Christen Chambers – Project Director, Marina del Rey

Christie Gutierrez – Administrator, Special ED Mental Health, Anaheim Union HS

Ellie Tabibian – School Psychologist, Encino

Kim Stovall – Speech Pathologist, Hattieserg, MS

Houston Kraft – Co-founder Character Strong, Venice/Los Angeles

Shari Foos – Founder The Narrative Method and MFT, Los Angeles

Jeff McGonaghy – Chief Education Officer, Thrively, Los Angeles

Nandini Patel – Project Manager, Orange County

Matthew Sauer – Marketing Professional, Bay Area

Ben Gerst – CTO, Los Angeles

Anubhootti Pateek – Project Manager, Sunnyvale

Yrma Conejo – Technology Professional, San Fernando Valley

Heather Leitch – Author, Palo Alto

JANUARY NEWSLETTER

  • WHY WE NEED TO PAY ATTENTION TO SACRAMENTO THIS YEAR
  • BIG NEWS OF THE WEEK – AND MAYBE OF THE YEAR
  • NEWS ABOU SEL4CA: 2019 EVENTS PLANNING 
  • OPPORTUNITIES
  • MEANINGFUL RESOURCES
  • NEW MEMBERS

WHY WE NEED TO PAY ATTENTION TO SACRAMENTO THIS YEAR

NEW CALIFORNIA SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT TONY THURMOND

The greater reason to monitor and engage with Sacramento this year grows out of the accumulated actions – and pressures – of the past two years. A year ago a special commission produced a set of “Guiding SEL Principles” that were strongly supported (though not mandated) by the California Department of Education (CDE) under then Superintendent  Tom Sorlakson.

It isn’t solely because of the LAUSD strike or new Governor Gavin Newsom’s just announced push for greater pre-school funding. Both are going to be major topics in the State Legislature and in its budget calculations – with a potential upside that substantially more pre-school dollars (if passed) may produce at least some additional SEL statewide implementation given that a higher percentage of pre-schools than 1-12 schools tend to adopt SEL.

In other ways, Sorlakson promoted SEL through the department’s divisions and created a website page dedicated to it:  https://www.cde.ca.gov/eo/in/socialemotionallearning.asp. It includes access to the SEL Guidelines and other initiatives, including an excellent SEL Resources Guide developed by some members of the special commission. It’s available at https://www.cde.ca.gov/eo/in/documents/selresourcesguide.pdf

Now comes new Superintendent Tony Thurmond with assertions that he wants to expand SEL adoption in the state. Apart from his election campaign statements, Thurmond steps up from his role as a respected state Assemblyman with knowledge of and allies in the Legislature. With less than three weeks on the job, Thurmond hasn’t announced any specific SEL tactics (though his staff expects them) and since the filing deadline for new bills by legislators isn’t until Feb 22, there are no bills regarding SEL for Thurmond to weigh in on this early.

For SEL advocates, including program providers, what matters is staying aware of and capitalizing on any opportunities CDE offers via its SEL page and letting Thurmond him hear from you if he doesn’t live up to campaign statements.

On the legislative front, importantly, as we shared last week in an email call-to action alert, State Senator Harry Stern (D-NW San Fernado Valley) is planning a resolution that, if approved, would declare the Legislature in support of SEL advancement – a first – and which ideally would open the door to more funding.

We call on all SEL supporters receiving this to email or call Stern’s office and allow them to use your organization or your name in their list of endorsers they want to present to the Legislature with the resolution. The Alliance is already on record as an endorser. It’s also good to email Jennifer Moreno, the SEL coordinator at the CDE and ask her to relay to Thurmond your request that he support the Stern measure. 

Stern is at senator.stern@senate.ca.gov  or call or fax either the District or Sacramento office.
District Info: (818) 876-3352 or (805) 815-3917. State Capitol: (916) 651-4027. Faxes: (916) 651-4927 or (818) 876-0802.  Jennifer Moreno can be reached at jmoreno@cde.ca.gov

The promise from a number of other legislators is that numerous SEL-advancement bills are coming, as they have the last few years with limited action on them. Some might seek to take the statewide SEL Guidelines and make at least some of them mandatory and funded.  Note that SEL practices in these bills are often couched under other concepts (eg. school safety, trauma assistance, whole child development, mental health, ending school to prison pipeline). Stern’s proposed resolution, it’s calculated, might help add traction to some of these measures. 

For our Alliance, all this means greater vigilance reporting to members the best opportunities to really make a difference this year with outreach to your own legislators and to key power figures in the Legislature and state government.

In preparing for stepped-up alerts, the Alliance has joined Action Network and will be using its communication and advocacy tools to help move SEL along in the state. Please remember that tools are useless without you. We will make it easy and fast for you to use them – but final outcomes on many of these measures may be up to our members. If you truly want to see social-emotional learning better funded and promoted in the state, it will happen much faster from you making a brief call or sending an email than if you don’t.

A few months ago, using Action Network tools and members calls and emails., our counterparts and mentors at the Massachusetts SEL Alliance got their state legislature to create an SEL Commission to advance adoption in that state. Please don’t underestimate what we can do here with similar actions precisely focused. No matter which SEL measures Thurmond puts his clout behind, or Newsom might bring about in promoting greater pre-school funding, our voices are needed to move the SEL ball down the court. 


BIG NEWS OF THE WEEK – AND MAYBE OF THE YEAR 

After two years of intensive study, the National Commission on Social, Emotional, and Academic Development (a project of the DC-based Aspen Institute think tank) this week released its already-being-heralded findings and recommendations for moving SEL onto the national agenda. More than 200 respected educators and scientists along with youth and parent groups and policymakers put their stamp on what is a landmark comprehensive vision for why SEL should be atop the national education agenda and how  best to make this happen.

The goals and recommendations (which SEL supporters likely will find fairly predictable because so obvious) are backed up by clear and solid guidance that covers policy agendas, communications, tools to share (including videos), recommendations for parents and other practical resources. 

Good idea to check it out their helpful resources and strategic thinking for yourself athttp://nationathope.org/

The overarching goal: “Transform learning settings so they are safe and supportive for all young people.”

And the other core action recommendations for educators, policy makers and SEL activists: 

  • Set a clear vision that broadens the definition of student success to prioritize the whole child.
  • Change instruction to teach students social, emotional, and cognitive skills; embed these skills in academics and school-wide practices.
  • Build adult expertise in child development.
  • Align resources and leverage partners in the community to address the whole child.
  • Forge closer connections between research and practice to generate useful, actionable information for educators.

From their website: The Commission “was created to engage and energize communities in re-envisioning learning to encompass its social, emotional, and cognitive dimensions so that all children can succeed in school, careers, and life. The Commission’s work has drawn on research and promising practices to recommend how to make all these dimensions of learning part of the fabric of every school and community. The Commission’s members are leaders from education, research, policy, business, and the military. The full Commission team includes a Council of Distinguished Scientists, a Council of Distinguished Educators, a Youth Commission, a Parent Advisory Panel, a Partners Collaborative, and a Funders Collaborative.”


NEWS ABOUT SEL4CA:  2019 EVENTS PLANNING 

For 2019 our Alliance is moving forward in a number of event areas in which we invite members to participate, either in helping the planning or taking on manageable action tasks. Let us know at info@sel4ca.org which you would like to engage with and in what capacity. Notably:

  • statewide SEL Conference (a first), ideally next Fall, featuring leading lights of the SEL movement as speakers, and innovative and relevant panels.
  • Basic trainings for administrators in the first steps and planning needed to implement comprehensive SEL in their schools.
  • Basic trainings for teachers who want to learn more about SEL and be active in promoting it in their schools.
  • Introductory trainings for parents.
  • A test-model local “Parent SEL Fair” featuring speakers, sample trainings, and resources from program providers..
  • More tabling at events put on by other organizations. (Please inform us at info@sel4cal.orgof opportunities to table you would recommend.)

OPPORTUNITIES (send yours to info@sel4ca.org)

A good argument when making the case for why universal SEL in our schools is the exceptional workplace benefits. Here’s a good article that also provides the opportunity to test your own emotional intelligence.

EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE: IS IT WHY YOU DIDN’T GET THE PROMOTION?


From Panorama:  Jan. 23 Webinar: The 5 Biggest Challenges of MTSS: How Districts Are Responding

As more schools and districts seek to implement a Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS), common challenges are emerging—from providing effective Tier I supports, to coordinating school-wide practices, to targeting interventions across academics, behavior, and SEL. Hear how districts are responding to the 5 biggest challenges of MTSS in a live webinar Wednesday, Jan. 23 at 11 am PST. During this professional learning opportunity, educators will share concrete strategies on what’s working in their districts to make MTSS a success. Everyone who registers will receive the recording and slides after the event.

Featured panelists:

  • Mackey Pendergrast, Superintendent of Schools, Morris School District (NJ)
  • Edward Foote, Principal, Penn Yan Central School District (NY)
  • Kelly Tschudy-Lafean, Principal, Forest Lake Public School District (MN)
  • Ryan Werb, Success Partner, Panorama Education

MEANINGFUL RESOURCES

  • http://measuringsel.casel.org/access-assessment-guide/
  • The Assessment Guide provides several resources for practitioners to select and use measures of student SEL, including guidance on how to select an assessment and use student SEL data, a catalog of SEL assessments equipped with filters and bookmarking, and real-world accounts of how practitioners are using SEL assessments.

NEW MEMBERS

Marc Rosner – Founder, Circle Ways
Armando Diaz – Program Director, EduCare Foundation
Stacy Estes – Assistant Principal, Walla Walla Public Schools
Michelle Jamieson – Owner, Sierra Mindfulness
Katrina Salazar – Founder and CEO, weThink, Inc.
Kimberly Webster – Director of Service Leadership, Playworks
Greg Thiry – Environmental educator and yoga teacher
Cigdem Akbay – Fellow, Arts For LA
Madalyn Martin – Vice President – Rethink Ed/Rethink Autism
Sabrina McNally – Educational Counselor

OCTOBER-NOVEMBER NEWSLETTER

  • REPORT ON OUR ANNIVERSARY PARTY & MIXER
  • ALLIANCE “TEAMS” UPDATE
  • IMPORTANT SEL STATUS REPORTS  
  • OUR NEW FISCAL SPONSOR
  • SEL PROVIDERS UPDATE
  • UPCOMING EVENTS
  • LEGISLATURE/GOVERNMENT UPDATE
  • NEW MEMBERS

REPORT ON OUR ANNIVERSARY MIXER

48 members and allies attended our September 30 anniversary party and mixer at a private home in West LA.  As one member wrote afterward: “Exceptional event, outstanding conversations, dedicated people to changing the world. It was great being a part of what you are creating.”

Apart from the overall enthusiasm for the cause and the sheer fun of the event, the practical outcomes were the many good ideas that came from breakout groups and that many more members signed up for action teams and tasks under our revised team structure – which after further input from members, we have expanded from 4 to 7 mutually supportive teams.

Please see attached Support Opportunities sign-up sheet of specific tasks if you have not sent one in. You can copy it into an email or just send only your relevant answers to info@sel4ca.org. Team leaders will then be in touch.  AND: If you are on our mailing list but not yet a formal member, please click the red “Join” button upper right on the home page at www.sel4ca.org.

The teams are:  (1) Creating Non-Training Events in coordination with (2) the Outreach/Recruitment team (with subset teams targeting educators, parents, community organizations, businesses and athletes).  (3) Creating and conducting Basic Introductory Trainings in SEL and its implementation (these separately for administrators, teachers and parents AND CRUCIALLY absent recommendations for specific programs or consultants).  (4) Public Policy Advocacy.  (5) Fundraising.  (6) Website & Social Media Content Development . (7) A Providers Team made up of program developers and consultants that will devise actions and recommend policies for their industry (more info on this below).

ONE IMPORTANT NOTE ON ADVOCACY for all of you who want to see expanded SEL public advocacy,  the Alliance is subscribing to and will be installing a new advocacy phone system. It was highly instrumental in the success of our allies, the Massachusetts SEL Alliance, in recently persuading that state’s Legislature to create a Social-Emotional Learning Commission to advance implementation in that state. We ask all members to sign up for and participate in the new system once we install it and inform you of it.

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WE HAVE A FISCAL SPONSOR

The Alliance can now directly receive tax-deductible donations via Earthways Foundation. Earthways has mostly engaged in environmental work since the 1980s and in the last three years has expanded into supporting mind-changing education with an emphasis on SEL. Please consider donating to our staffing fund (we have one part-time Coordinator and one part-time admin assistant and want to continue to support them…and ideally expand their support for all our member volunteer teams).

You can do so via credit card at
https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=JCN4YWTT46UE4

Or: Send a check made out to Earthways/SELC at 20178 Rockport Way, Malibu CA., 90265. Earthways EIN is 95-4021351.

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IMPORTANT SEL STATUS STATEMENTS – STATE AND NATIONAL

Here are three recently released status reports.

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PROVIDERS COMMITTEE ENERGIZED

The Alliance held a special – and successful – Oct. 9 meeting in LA of 25 SEL Provider members on Oct 9 and a follow-up video and phone conference call meeting on Nov. 1 with 10 provider members who could not attend the Oct. 9 event.

These were events for members in the business (even as a nonprofit) of delivering SEL into schools, families and youth organizations, doing so as non-staff outside program providers, consultants or trainers.

We reviewed in detail the question of forming a Providers Trade Association under the umbrella of the Alliance based on the simple reality that SEL businesses are among the few business sectors that lack a trade association promoting its collective products and services. Other initiatives that emerged from attendees included strengthening current efforts a to get the word out generally about SEL offerings, expanding plans already in the works to conduct special basic trainings for administrators that don’t favor any specific program provider, stepping up forming partnerships with other Alliances, and choosing a test area in California to saturate our efforts in order to make a buzz that would be heard around the state.

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SOME UPCOMING MEMBER EVENTS

 

Growth Heartset®: Establishing a Culture of Caring with Stu Semigran

Wednesday, December 5, 2018, 8:45am – 11:30am

 

Stu Semigran is the co-founder and president of EduCare Foundation and the executive director of EduCare’s ACE (Achievement and Commitment to Excellence) Student Success Program, currently providing student support services at more than 100 high schools and middle schools in Southern California. This FREE interactive session focuses on shaping successful learning environments for children of all ages – environments that thrive upon a foundation infused with caring, connectivity, and proven SEL practices.

Where: Point Loma Nazarene University, 4007 Camino del Rio South, 2nd Floor – Room 206, San Diego, CA 92108

Register at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/growth-heartset-establishing-a-culture-of-caring-san-diego-tickets-50918121472

LA Youth Summit – January 31st

Mitva Challenge is hosting the LA Youth Summit at the California  Endowment in downtown Los Angeles for 150 of our students and their teachers for a day of skill-building workshops and a Project Soapbox competition. Alliance educator members are invited to participate. Contact: Sheila McMullin at sheila@mikvachallenge.org.

SEL Classes for Special Ed Students from ZipZAPZop Enrichment – starts January 31st

Introducing a new class in Santa Monica on Tuesdays in November from 4:30-5:30 for age 5-11! Email Maja @ zipzapzopenrichment@gmail.com for details!

 

LEGISLATURE and GOVERNMENT UPDATES: the ANTI-BULLYING MEASURE

(NOTE: Congratulations are due to TONY THURMOND for his election as California School Superintendent. Although as a nonprofit, the Alliance cannot endorse candidates, informal conversations with members found very strong individual support for Thurmond.  The Alliance will continue to encourage strong progress on all SEL matters by the CA Education Department (CED) and we want to acknowledge the progress made under outgoing Superintendent Tom Torlakson.

(Also, members regularly ask about the California SEL Guidelines issued by the CED at the start of the year. Here is a link: https://www.cde.ca.gov/eo/in/documents/selguidingprincipleswb.pdf)

Bullying Update From our Alliance Member: The Committee For Children

Governor Brown recently signed an overall anti-bullying measure passed unanimously by the Legislature. It requires the California Dept. of Education (CDE) to monitor whether education agencies in the state have adopted a policy that prohibits discrimination, harassment, Intimidation, bullying and cyberbullying  based on disability, gender, gender identity,  gender expression, nationality, race or ethnicity,  religion, sexual orientation, or association with a person or group with one or more of these  actual or perceived characteristics.

The new law also adopted a process for receiving  and investigating  complaints  relating  to discrimination, harassment, intimidation and bullying, including a requirement that school personnel who witness such acts take immediate  steps to intervene when safe to do so; and a timeline for the  investigation and resolution of complaints, and an appeal  process.

Among several other actions, the new law ensures that complainants are protected from retaliation and that their identity remains confidential, as appropriate. The law also requires the CDE to create an online module to assist all school staff, school administrators, parents, pupils, and community members in increasing their knowledge of the dynamics of bullying and cyberbullying.

For more information: https://www.cfchildren.org/policy-advocacy/bills-we-track/social-emotional-learning-bills/

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NEW MEMBERS SINCE THE JULY NEWSLETTER

Joshua   Freedman – CEO, Six Seconds: The Emotional Intelligence Network, Freedom CA

Kate Mackinnone  – physical therapist,  Livermore

Kristin Lorey – ambassador, Every Monday Matters, Los Angeles

Nandini Patel – project volunteer, SEL Alliance, Placentia

Lauren   Walters – teacher, Los Angeles

Sam Chan – retired administrator, LA County Childen’s System of Care, Torrance

Marcy Orendorff – illustrator/writer, Marcy Fine Art,  Benincia, CA

Eleni Ierides -project volunteer, SEL Alliance,  Newport Beach

Linda Glaser – Educator/Creator, Los Angeles

Jo Kelly – project volunteer, SEL Alliance, Orange

Annie Goeke – Executive Director, Earth Rights Institute, Santa Monica

James Howell – CEO, The CF Fitness, Long Beach

Jill Zamoyta –  Big Bear Lake

Tunde Oye – owner, 6 Tools Fitness, Los Angeles

TiaMarie Harrison – adjunct faculty, Playa del Rey

Edward Lee Goldstein – health educator and author,  Sherman Oaks,

Janet OMalley – substitute teacher, La Verne

Maja Watkins – founder, ZipZapZop Enrichment, Los Angeles

Sheila McMullin –  Site Director, Action Civics CA, an initiative of Mikva Challenge, Los Angeles

Samantha Montes  –  founder, Beyond the Classroom After School Enrichment,  South Pasadena

Patricia Jones – founder, PS I Love You Foiundation, Redondo Beach

Susan Morrissey – Principal. Mercymount Country  Day School, Rockland CA

Ravi Hansra – CEO, Hansra Advisory and Consulting  Services, Chicago

Ian Keiller-  Health Outreach Progam Director, A World Fit for Kids, Los Angeles

Wendy  Newman, Innertaining Media,  Beverly Hills

Ford Roosevelt – President & CEO, Project GRAD Los Angeles,  Mission Hills

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August-September Newsletter

GENERAL CONTACT: INFO@SEL4CA.ORG

• OUR ANNIVERSARY PARTY & MIXER – YOUR INVITATION
• FORMING OUR FIRST YOUTH BRIGADE
• SEL PROVIDERS UPDATE
• SOME GOOD NEWS STATE DEVELOPMENTS
• UPCOMING EVENTS
• LEGISLATURE UPDATE
NEW MEMBERS

YOU’RE INVITED TO OUR FIRST MAJOR SOCIAL EVENT

Mark your calendars to come party, network and learn. We both celebrate the first anniversary of our California SEL Alliance and get to know each other much better on Sunday, September 30 from 3 to 6 pm in a beautiful home of one of our members in West LA.

RSVP here for Sept 30 event from 3 pm to 6 pm at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sel4ca-mixer-tickets-49794660169

This is an opportunity for members, supporters those who want to learn more about the Alliance to meet, party with and network with your wonderful group of like-hearted and like-minded allies in our absolutely crucial movement to insure comprehensive social-emotional learning in every California school.

Our membership and allies include educators, program providers, implementation consultants, and community organizations. What unites us is our collective understanding of the importance of – and need for – providing every California child and youth the opportunity to optimize their school experience and their life prospects with the learning and school culture we embody.

This will be the first major social event of the Alliance. We will also take some time for status updates from leaders in our cause on the progress of rollout in California and key current opportunities. Also time for you be sure to meet members with whom you might specifically collaborate. And there will be some entertainment. So you’ll have fun, learn, make new friends and allies…and launch the Alliance into its second year with a blast of our collective heart energy and commitment.

Our tagline for the anniversary event is: Never underestimate how much California – and the world – needs us.

There will be food and drink, some entertainment, and some words of information and inspiration. Feel free to invite cause-minded others.
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FORMING OUR FIRST YOUTH BRIGADE

The Alliance has reached agreement with the Cal State Dominguez Hills Center for Service Learning, Internships and Civic Engagement to create a youth brigade of SEL and anti-bullying advocates who would take the message and training we would provide into local middle and high schools – and also work to inspire similar brigades in other colleges.. Currently the division gives academic credits for students who mentor pre-college students in local schools, particularly in Compton.
Under the agreement, Alliance Coordinator Tisha Marina Bernard will train Cal State Dominguez Hills students in non-violent and anti-bulling practices that they can then share with younger students. They will also learn general social-emotional learning principles and be taught how to instigate SEL pods or clubs in schools they visit. Ultimately we hope to tap the creativity of students to spread the word about SEL and become innovative advocates for it in their schools – and generally. We also will invite willing students into the Alliance and onto a Youth Committee we will form.

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PROVIDERS COMMITTEE UPDATE
Watch your emails for an invitation to a major working event this month for our many member providers, consultants and trainers (separate from our Sept. 30 Anniversary party and mixer.). This event will further lay the groundwork for creating an SEL trade association via which to present your case to the public, school districts and legislators. Our view is that no sector as important as SEL should go without its own trade association and the Alliance leadership is determined to mentor one into existence.
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SOME GOOD NEWS STATEWIDE DEVELOPMENTS

• Despite White House objections, Congress approved an increase in SEL-related funding for California in its recently voted education fiscal budget, increasing it for the second straight year by $4 million to $139 million.

• The photo above was taken at an event for 150 educators undertaken by the Sacramento County Education Office to meet demand for more information about SEL. Sacramento is one of the districts that have moved strongly to adopt SEL practices in recent years under the guidance provided by the Collaborative for Academic and Social-Emotional Learning (CASEL) based in Chicago. Trainers from another forward-looking district, Visalia Unified, led the event.

• Michael Funk, Director of the Expanded Learning Unit of the State Education Department, who is in a position to know, says there is a notably strong “uptick in educators seeking more info about social–emotional learning practices statewide.” He notes a recent conference organized by the Orange County Education Office in which SEL was a significant topic in an event focused on the multi-tier system of support adopted by the state in recent years. There was also a recent SEL workshop in Pomono, and an upcoming event with Contra County school districts to which he is invited to speak about State-backed SEL guidelines announced earlier this year and their relationship to expanded learning.

• Michael also notes that while the guidelines are not mandates, they are getting greater attention because they align with state requirements for schools around “school climate” adjustments. “We are trying to promote the guidelines as the way humans behave and are interactive with each other versus something we just teach in the curriculum.” He predicts increasing adoption under L-Cap plans by districts and administrators as educators and students “more and more see the guidelines as tools they can use” in addressing school climate issues.

• You can read the guidelines at https://www.cde.ca.gov/eo/in/documents/selguidingprincipleswb.pdf

UPCOMING EVENTS


Photo by Drew Bird
Supporting the Whole Child: Practice, Policy, and Measurement https://www.edpolicyinca.org/events/supporting-whole-child-practice-policy-and-measurement
Policy Analysis for California Education and the Learning Policy Institute invite you to an event on how schools can be organized to support the whole child, featuring a series of panels with leading researchers, policymakers, and practitioners.
Topics will include:
• A new framework on how to organize schools to support the whole child
• Recent research on social-emotional (SEL) practices from the CORE districts
• How measures of SEL and school culture/climate can support a whole child vision
• The implications for schools, districts, and those that support them
• State-level policies to support the whole child in California and approaches in other states
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“The Leader In Me” Events

Habits of Highly Effective People Training or Certification
Friday, October 12 from 8:30-4:30pm at Los Angeles Chamber
RSVP & E-Flier

7 Habits Families Training or Certification
Saturday, October 13 from 8:30am-4:30pm at Maya Angelou High School
RSVP & E-Flier

K-12 Brunch and Learn
October 30 from 8-11am at the Los Angeles Chamber
RSVP & E-Flier

Pre-Register for Leader in Me Symposium March 21 in Los Angeles – CLICK HERE

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LEGISLATURE UPDATES
From our Alliance Member: The Committee For Children.

• CA – AB2691 Pupil health: pupil and school staff trauma: Trauma-Informed Schools Initiative.
Enrolled and presented to the Governor at 3 p.m. (September 5, 2018)
Our Position: Support ▲

Creates the Trauma-Informed Schools Initiative within the department of education to address the impact of adverse childhood experiences on the educational outcomes of students; requires department of education to post on its website information on how to become trauma-informed schools; sets up a program with State Universities for students at those universities to provide trauma-informed clinical care hours to public schools; provides for reimbursement for mandated costs

CA – SB607 Pupil discipline: suspensions and expulsions: willful defiance.
Assembly amendments concurred in. (Ayes 28. Noes 11.) Ordered to engrossing and enrolling. (August 31, 2018)
Our Position: Support ▲

Permanently prohibits suspension and expulsion of students K-5, with exceptions for certain behavior; encourages schools to use suspension only when other methods of correction fail; provides for replacement strategies including PBIS, SEL, trauma-informed practices, and restorative justice practices; extends these policies to apply to students in charter schools also

CA – AB2639 Pupil suicide prevention policies: reviews: updates.
Senate amendments concurred in. To Engrossing and Enrolling. (August 27, 2018)
Our Position: Support ▲
(Final bill) Requires schools that serve students in grades 7 through 12 to review and, if necessary, update their policies on pupil suicide prevention at least every 5 years

(For more info go to https://www.cfchildren.org/policy-advocacy/bills-we-track/social-emotional-learning-bills/)

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NEW MEMBERS SINCE THE JULY NEWSLETTER

Carol Rankin, Tribes Learning Community, Program Development, Cloverdale, CA
David Gibbs, Tribes Learning Community, General Manager, Cloverdale, CA
Jennifer Freed, AHA!, Executive Director, Santa Barbara, CA
Cathie Johnson, Facilitator for disproportionality throughout state of CA, Los Angeles, CA
Daphne Zacky, Charter Operated Programs-LAUSD, LA, CA
Karina De La Cruz, Parent With Heart, Parenting/Life Coach, South Gate, CA
Paola Palacios, Graphic Designer, College Point, CA
David Roberti, Facilitator, Instructor, Artist, Organizer, Los Angeles, CA
Sarsh Zamora, Beaumont, CA
Lyndsey Oliver, PTA, Beaumont, CA
Marlina Lopez, Lost Souls Ranch, CEO/Founder, Beaumont, CA
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July Newsletter

CONTENTS

  • OUR EVENTS
  • SEL4CA COFFEE HOURS
  • SEL PROVIDERS MUST READ: COMMITTEE UPDATE**
  • CHECK OUT “ASK DR LEON”
  • IMMEDIATE CALLS TO ACTION
  • DELEGATIONS UPDATE**
  • ALLIANCE TASKS YOU CAN HELP WITH**
  • ALLIANCE FUNDING
  • NEW MEMBERS

OVERVIEW

The Alliance in late June and July continued to grow in membership and support. We also added a full-time coordinator, Tisha Marina Bernard (photo above), an expert in anti-bullying training and a consultant to administrators in how to implement SEL in their schools. She can be reached at tisha4sel@gmail.com.

We also just launched a members-only Facebook page. You can post, request help from other members, share best practices and info, collaborate with SEL experts, make announcements, find allies among the awesome membership we’re quickly growing – and just help create the space as a great resource. Please start posting. https://www.facebook.com/groups/sel4caMembers/

EVENTS

This month we also held our first Steering Committee retreat to plan and prioritize many planned actions as well as adjust our organization structure. During it we developed a 2018-2019 calendar that presents opportunities for most people getting this newsletter:

  • We are initiating a series of EdCamps and what we call monthly “coffee hour” conversations with parents and educators to promote actions in support of SEL implementation in all California school. Details, and on how to participate, below.
  • We are planning Mixers for members to get to each other better, socialize and ally. Watch your emails.
  • By next month we expect to implement a “call day” to outreach to decision-makers and legislators so we can mass our effect. You will be notified by separate emails of the opportunities.
  • The Alliance in November will also launch the first of a series of trainings around the state for administrators and superintendents in how to plan and prepare for implementing comprehensive SEL programs and practices in their schools.
  • In the course of the year we will add trainings for teachers and educators.
  • In the Spring of 2019 we will hold our first major statewide conference featuring leaders in the field and intended to galvanize more support for SEL among various constituencies. Some sponsorship dollars have already been offered.
  • We will be targeting neighborhood councils in Los Angeles and elsewhere as potential allies in supporting SEL adoption in all local schools. Comprehensive SEL tends strongly to minimize youth anti-social behavior out of schools and increase student engagement in community improvement.  
  • We will also be participating or tabling at a number of events around the state put on by other organizations. These include Franklin Covey’s “A Leader in Me”Partnership in Awareness events

Sound inviting? Please contact Crystal (562-686-4238) or Judy (760-579-2568) to get involved!

EDCAMP SEL4CA – COMING EARLY FALL

Edcamps are peer-led, participant-driven professional learning opportunities for educators that use an “unconference” model to build teacher networks and share best practices. We at SEL4CA will be hosting Edcamps with a focus on SEL at two sites in early Fall.

Collaborative Classrooms in Alameda, Ca has generously offered to allow for use of their location to facilitate our Northern California site, and Beaumont Unified School District will be our Southern California host location. Please watch @SEL4CA social media outlets for flyers and information…and SHARE SHARE SHARE! This event will also help promote our SEL Conference coming this Spring! Let’s work together to get the buzz going around SEL in education! 

 #SELF4CA COFFEE HOURS

 Our Outreach Chair, Crystal Chavez, has been piloting a coffee hour model monthly in the Inland Empire, with great networking results leading to future collaborations. (One of these is the upcoming local EdCamp.) Who doesn’t love free coffee and good conversation? 

 To spread awareness and start similar conversations about SEL in neighborhoods across California, we need hosts to scout coffee shops, set dates, invite local parents, educators, community members and organizations, and then facilitate a participant-led discussion on various topics in the Social Emotional Learning realm. We will provide a “how- to” guide, including marketing materials and sponsorship opportunities. Please contact Crystal (562-686-4238 or crystal@sel4ca.org)

PROVIDERS COMMITTEE UPDATE

As noted last month, a huge detriment to adoption of SEL universally is that program providers and consultants have no unified business association via which to present their case to the public, school districts and legislators. A major factor is the minimal marketing budgets of all but a few of the thousands of providers and consultant.

To counter this in California, our Alliance has created a Providers Committee and invited our many provider members to join. The goal is for the committee to collaborate as if it was an association under the Alliance umbrella – and with our assistance.

This month we held the first committee meeting – a general planning session chaired by Amy Walker, the West Coast representative for Committee for Children (Second Step program). Among the results were: 

  • Determined that committee membership will be limited to SEL program providers or their employee reps, SEL consultants, related independent trainers and SEL impact analysts.
  • Brief member product profiles and skills will be displayed on SEL4CA.org. As schools in need become more familiar with the Alliance, ideally they will use this list as a resource in their decisions.
  • Committee members will keep SEL4CA.org updated on current research and developments they learn about, this for the benefit of all members and the public.
  • The committee will work closely with the Events Committee on planning and staffing our major conferences, and will help identify speaking and training opportunities for the Speakers Bureau

Providers who are interested in participating, please send notice to info@sel4ca.org.

CHECK OUT “ASK DR. LEON”

September 2018 is the launch of the multi-media series, “Ask Dr. Leon,” a co-promotion by SEL4CA, AgapeLive.com and InspiredParenting.com. Dr. Leon Campbell is the youth and family director of Agape International. The series brings some of the best social-emotional practices forward as Dr. Leon answers parent questions about their teens, their concerns, their fears regarding the use of technology, communication break downs, addiction, and the like for both parents and teens depicting and sharing their emotional states. Educators can access via interactive print, digital and video formats to learn and to assess the value of creating similar conversations. Contact publisher@inspiredparenting.com for info or to participate.

IMMEDIATE CALLS TO ACTION

As with last month, we join Committee for Children in supporting the below bills in the state legislature and we encourage you to follow the easy directions below to contact your legislators declaring your support. For details on these bills visit: http://www.cfchildren.org/policy-advocacy/bills-we-track/social-emotional-learning-bills/

The bills are: AB (Assembly Bill) 2691 Pupil health: pupil and school staff trauma: Trauma-Informed Schools Initiative. AB2471– Pupil health: School-Based Pupil Support Services Program Act. AB2686 – Early identification of pupil mental health issues: in-service training for certificated employees and classified staff. SB (Senate Bill) 607 – Pupil discipline: suspensions and expulsions: willful defiance.

To find your representatives and encourage them by email or phone to support these four bills go to https://openstates.org/find_your_legislator.   Legislators almost never hear from constituents about SEL because few citizens know it exists. So your outreach can make a difference.

On the federal level, we support HR 6120 also known as the Social and Emotional Learning for Families Act or the SELF Act. To establish a competitive grant program for parent engagement that would focus on the development, implementation, and evaluation of programs designed to increase capacity of parents to demonstrate and teach children social and emotional skills and of teachers to work with parents to develop these skills.

To find and contact your House member: https://www.house.gov/representatives/find-your-representative

For guidance on how best to deal with legislators and their staff, go to http://www.sel4ca.org/current-advocacy/

DELEGATIONS UPDATE

While we decided not to publish an partial list of  education and community organizations joining our delegations, an additional nine organizations this month agreed to participate in power delegations we are forming to meet with decision-makers in school districts, among lawmakers, and in media. Our intention of course is to make the case for far faster and stronger adoption of SEL in local schools throughout the state.

In order to participate as an organization or individual in your area, please send notice to that effect to info@sel4ca.org. Include your geographic area, how far you would travel out of it, and as best as possible your normally available time slots and days.

 
ALLIANCE TASKS YOU CAN HELP WITH

Here is a list of tasks you might undertake in whatever amount of time you might choose to volunteer. Please email info@sel4ca.org with your interest or questions:

Task name
Website editing and posting
Research on SEL developments for posting on website
Calls to Media
Outreach calls to organizations re speaking engagements
Recruitment calls to potential allied organizations
Graphics and design
Visit Neighborhood Councils
Visit City Councils
Home dinner parties
Speaking to Parent groups
Tabling at events
Call day to decision-makers
Other you might identify

ALLIANCE FINANCIAL NEEDS

DONATE DIRECTLYFunding will be used to create events and to continue to pay our part-time (hopefully soon full-time) coordinator – our one employee, since everyone else is volunteer and this is an investment that speeds our growth and effectiveness. You can tax-deductible donate via our fiscal sponsor, BigEQ Campaign/Earthways Foundation, at https://bigeqcampaign.networkforgood.com/projects/53712-big-eq-campaign-to-equip-our-kids.


Important that you state in the Donor Response box that it is earmarked for SEL4CA.
Or you can send a check made out to Earthways Foundation/BEQC and be sure to write in the memo line at the bottom “For SEL4CA.”  The address is 20178 Rockport Way, Malibu CA 90265.

 ATTEND OR HOST A FUN SEL FUNDRAISING DINNER PARTY 

To participate in (and learn dates of) an upcoming dinner party, write to events@sel4ca.org. To host a dinner event for friends and colleagues at your home, you can find preliminary information at sel4ca.org/dinner-party/. Write to the Events email for hosting guidelines and sample invitation letter.

NEW MEMBERS SINCE THE JUNE NEWSLETTER

Megan Sherer, Executive Director, Be More, CA

Gloria Craine, SEL Lead Teacher, Cudahy, CA

Courtney Fitzgerald

Lauren Puzen, National Partnership Manager, Alliance for a Healthier Generation, Tarrytown, CA

Norma Rodriguez, Organizing and Policy Director, Californians for Justice, Long Beach, CA

Jasmine Hughes

Cathie Johnson, TA Facilitator, SPPTAP, Santa Clarita, CA

Jennifer Ralls, Director/Socio-emotional Learning & Impact, Para Los Ninos, El Segundo, CA

Thomas Norman, Professor, California State University Dominguez Hills, Carson, CA

Mark Breitenberg, Executive Director, The Narrative Method, Los Angeles, CA

Laura Molyneaux, Impact Coach, City Year, CA

Angela Benedetto, Ph.D, Educational Consultant: mindfulness., stress reduction, self care, conscious creativity, Redondo Beach, CA

Tunde Oye, Founder, 6 Tools Fitness, Los Angeles, CA

Sharla Lieberman, Owner, Clubhouse Exchange, Los Angeles, CA

Deborah Newmark, Executive Director, The Children’s Project, Tarzana, CA

Shekhar Sangwan, Founder, Cloceo, Bengaluru, India

Elsbeth Seymour, Education Specialist at Southridge Middle, Fontana Unified School District, Fontana, CA

Kristi Gilbert, Teacher, BUSD, Beaumont, CA

Jayita Bhattacharya, Kolkata, India

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JUNE NEWSLETTER

CONTENTS

  • OVERVIEW
  • JOIN A DELEGATION
  • PROVIDERS COMMITTEE FORMED
  • IMMEDIATE CALL TO ACTION
  • BEST SEL PRACTICES FOR YOU AND FROM YOU
  • OTHER ALLIANCE NEEDS
  • NEW MEMBERS
  • PARTICIPATE IN SOCIAL MEDIA
  • SHARE NEWS AND EVENTS

OVERVIEW of MAY and WHAT’S AHEAD FOR JUNE

Alliance Committee Leaders Judy Julin (left) and Tisha Marina Bernard at the LAUSD SEL Conference

The Alliance in May continued to grow in membership and was one of the co-sponsors of the 400-attendee SEL Conference “Transforming Practice” organized by the LAUSD’s SEL unit and Beyond the Bell (whose leaders are Alliance members). Keynote speaker was Kareem-Abdul Jabbar. Half a dozen of our own leaders participated in representing the Alliance in our first major co-sponsorship.

 We also continued our daily recruitment outreach (among significant new organizations joining are Children Now and Committee for Children) and our collaboration with other organizations in the newly-forming national SEL advocacy network.

Our June focus is legislation, delegations to decision makers, renovation of our website and launching our Speakers Bureau. We also set in motion our initial research to create effective workshops for parents and educators that would speed SEL implementation in the state.

DELEGATION SIGNUPS

If you are willing to participate locally in your area or in Sacramento in our delegations to decision-makers in California – such as key figures at the LAUSD – please send notice to that effect to info@sel4ca.org. Include your geographic area, how far you would travel out of it, and as best as possible your normally available time slots and days.

PROVIDERS COMMITTEE FORMED

One of the major detriments to adoption of SEL universally is the fact that program providers and consultants have no unified business association via which to present their case to the public and legislators. This is primarily due to the minimal marketing budgets of all but a few of the thousands of providers and consultants nationally.

To counter this in California, our Alliance has created a Providers Committee and we’ve been inviting our many provider members to join. The goal is for the committee to collaborate as if it was an association under the Alliance umbrella – and with our assistance. In this we’ve been inspired by the productive results of the Massachusetts SEL Alliance, our mentoring organization.

We even see the possibly for the committee to spin off at some point as a separate California entity and full-fledged industry association.

Amy Walker, the West Coast representative for Committee for Children (Second Step program) has agreed to co-chair. She is also a new member of the Alliance steering committee,   

Providers who are interested in participating, please send notice to info@sel4ca.org.

IMMEDIATE CALLS TO ACTION

The most crucial challenge remains state budget financing for SEL, now being considered in the annual budget process.

We also join Committee for Children in supporting the following bills in the state legislature and we encourage you to follow the easy directions below to contact your legislators declaring your support. The bills are:

AB (Assembly Bill) 2691 Pupil health: pupil and school staff trauma: Trauma-Informed Schools Initiative.

AB2471– Pupil health: School-Based Pupil Support Services Program Act.

AB2686 – Early identification of pupil mental health issues: in-service training for certificated employees and classified staff.

SB (Senate Bill) 607 – Pupil discipline: suspensions and expulsions: willful defiance.

For details on these bills visit: http://www.cfchildren.org/policy-advocacy/bills-we-track/social-emotional-learning-bills/

The best way to get the name and contact info for your representatives in the state Assembly and Senate is via https://openstates.org/find_your_legislator/

In emailing or calling legislators about these measures, please also urge support for greater SEL funding and protest the expected decline this year of “school to prison pipeline” monies for SEL. We encourage linking the marijuana tax to funding SEL – or insisting that at least money be shifted from less valuable programs. Cite crime, violence and drug addiction reduction as basic reasons to shift funding, as well as higher grades and mentally healthier and happier students and teachers.

Legislators almost never hear from constituents about SEl because few citizens know it exists. So your outreach can make a difference.

School board members also can be targeted and encouraged to lobby for these measures as well as to advance SEL in their own schools. Search for “school board” in (name of your city or town) and go to its website and get contact information for the board members.

For guidance on how best to deal with legislators and their staff, go to http://www.sel4ca.org/current-advocacy/

BEST SEL PRACTICES FOR YOU AND FROM YOU

Implementing SEL and whole child practices and programs requires as much astute “what works and where and when” guidance as possible. In our website re-do, we will make space for information exchanges on this.

Meanwhile, we invite immediate submissions to info@sel4CA.org. Share program results and success and failure stories, recommend consultants, and identify opportunities and innovations. 

ALLIANCE ACTIONS AND NEEDS

SPEAKERS BUREAU: Please advise about  or open doors to speaking engagements before all kinds of groups, large and small, and particularly parent, teacher and business groups. More speakers are also welcome. Email info@sel4ca.org.

EVENTS AND TABLING: Notify us of events at which we might table if you cannot table yourself. Let us know if you have spare time to help table at events. We have created tabling content. Email info@sel4ca.org.

DONATE DIRECTLYFunding will be used to create events and to continue to pay our part-time (hopefully soon full-time) coordinator – our one employee, since everyone else is volunteer and this is an investment that speeds our growth and effectiveness. You can tax-deductible donate via our fiscal sponsor, BigEQ Campaign/Earthways Foundation, at https://bigeqcampaign.networkforgood.com/projects/53712-big-eq-campaign-to-equip-our-kids.

Important that you state in the Donor Response box that it is earmarked for SEL4CA.
Or you can send a check made out to Earthways Foundation/BEQC and be sure to write in the memo line at the bottom “For SEL4CA.”  The address is 20178 Rockport Way, Malibu CA 90265.

 ATTEND OR HOST A FUN SEL FUNDRAISING DINNER PARTY 

To participate in (and learn dates of) an upcoming dinner party, write to events@sel4ca.org. To host a dinner event for friends and colleagues at your home, you can find preliminary information at sel4ca.org/dinner-party/. Write to the Events email for hosting guidelines and sample invitation letter.

NEW MEMBERS

Ted Lempert – president, Children Now, Oakland, CA.

Amy Walker – West Coast representative, Committee for Children, Seattle, Wash.

Jordan Posamentier – Senior Manager for Advocacy and Policy, Committee for Children, Seattle, WASH

Jon Oliver – executive director, Lesson One, Ventura, CA

Amy Saltzman – founder and director Association for Mindfulness in Education, founder and director of Still Quiet Place, Menlo Park, CA

Jennifer Johnston-Jones – executive director, Roots & Wings Institute for Family Excellence, Malibu, CA

Jamie Rios – executive director Building Bridges, San Diego, CA

Staci Bina – founder and executive director, Bala Shala Yoga for Kids, Laguna Beach, CA

Jacqueline Garcia – education student, Perris, CA

Gloria Cudahy – teacher at Ellen Ochoa Learning Center, Cudahy, CA

Brian Brady – national director, Mikva Challenge, Chicago, lL.

Sevan Poetry – marketing – Challenge Day, Concord, CA

Rachel Solis – consultant, Center for Collaborative Classroom, San Gabriel, CA.

Roni Habib – founder, EQ Schools, Sunnyvale, CA

Megan Green – regional director, Center for Collaborative Classroom, Alameda, CA.

David Urbonas, program manager, PATHS program of Channing Bete Company, Deerfield, MA.

Subscriber: Sara Pumpa, PSA Counselor, LAUSD, Los Angeles, CA.

Subscriber: Georgia Weis, Counselor, LAUSD, Los Angeles, CA.

Subscriber: Noe Solares, LAUSD, Los Angeles, CA.

Subscriber: Khiry Johnson, Los Angeles, CA.

Subscriber: Marina Delgada, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA.

 

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April Newsletter

CONTENTS

  • OVERVIEW
  • IMMEDIATE CALL TO ACTION
  • IMPORTANT SEL CONFERENCE MAY 24 IN LA
  • NATIONAL SEL NETWORK FORMING
  • SEND WHAT’S WORKING/ TELL US YOUR NEEDS
  • ALLIANCE ACTIONS AND NEEDS
  • VALUABLE ARTICLES AND LINKS
  • NEW MEMBERS
  • PARTICIPATE IN SOCIAL MEDIA
  • SHARE NEWS AND EVENTS

OVERVIEW

The Alliance in March and early April has been focused on legislative actions and some internal reorganization to deal with upcoming opportunities for advancing the cause of quality immersive SEL in every California school. Because numbers matter, we have also focused on recruitment efforts with outreach calls to more than 100 organizations inviting them to join the Alliance – with several hundred more on our call list. We have also reorganized our committee structure, refined our focus on legislation, and taken steps forward with our Speakers Bureau AND are planning a number of events and gatherings, including social ones. And we added several new members (list below).

IMMEDIATE CALL TO ACTION

The most crucial developments at the moment are the state budget financing for SEL, now being considered in the annual budget process, and state Assembly bill 2820 introduced by Democrat Kevin McCarty, a genuine warrior in the Legislature for SEL, not to be confuse with Congressman Kevin McCarthy. We encourage everyone to reach out to your district state Assembly and state Senate reps (easy access info below) with two simple requests – support for greater SEL funding even against the expected diminishment this year of “school to prison pipeline” monies for SEL, and support for A2820 and whatever becomes its Senate version. 

On the funding side, we encourage linking the marijuana tax to funding SEL – or insisting that at least money be shifted from less valuable programs. Cite crime, violence and drug addiction reduction as basic reasons to shift funding, as well as higher grades and mentally healthier and happier students and teachers.

NOTE that your calls, emails or visits to legislators WILL MAKE A DIFFERENCE because few legislators ever hear from individual constituents about specifically advancing SEL – and we need to change that to support people like McCarty. 

NOTE ALSO that any given legislator may be clueless about social-emotional learning as a term. So best also to make a reference to “school climate” and safety issues and “whole child development” along with mentioning SEL as THE key component of these matters. Be sure to refer legislators and their staff to SEL4CA.org.

School board members also can be targeted and encouraged to lobby for these measures as well as advance SEL in their own schools. Search for “school board” in (name of your city or town) and go to its website and get contact information for the board members.

If you want guidance on how best to deal with legislators and their staff, as well as how to organize around the issue in other venues, you will find it on the Alliance website at http://www.sel4ca.org/current-advocacy/

Regarding 2820, for those of you who can represent your organization, click this download link ( https://gallery.mailchimp.com/5374f623f3b74c101441a4bf8/files/69eb66ef-bec9-42fb-b3be-0f89cdcdb676/alliance_2820_letter.docx ) to a letter that had an expired deadline to submit. Still, we consider it worth modifying and sending from your organization to your legislator as well as to Patrick O’Donnell who chairs the Assembly Education Committee.

Here is more info about 2820 from a press release issued by the State School Superintendent Tom Torlakson, an SEL advocate who has endorsed 2820:

“AB 2820… sets up a ‘Community Engagement and School Climate for Continuous Improvement Block Grant.’ This fund would provide school districts, at no cost, the option of using state-vetted school climate surveys, along with support and technical assistance on the administration of the surveys and utilization of results, to improve school conditions and climate. If districts choose to use the surveys, they would be conducted annually with students, parents, teachers, and school staff.

“Too often we see students, especially low-income students of color, struggling to feel like they belong, are cared for, and supported in reaching their full potential…Research shows we can address these challenges and improve student achievement by investing in school climate surveys and community engagement… More information may be found on the CDE School Conditions and Climate Work Group Recommendations Framework(PDF).”

IMPORTANT SEL CONFERENCE IN LA, MAY 24 and HELPFUL UPCOMING WEBINAR ON FUNDING SEL, April 30

The Alliance is participating in the second annual SEL conference in Los Angeles called “Transforming Practice” that mostly attracts school personnel from the LA basin who are practitioners of and advocates for SEL – and primarily those from the 10% of LAUSD schools that have embedded SEL in their practices. It is organized under the umbrella of After The Bell by Alliance member Dr. Lori Vollandt, who heads the LAUSD SEL unit, and by members of her team.
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is the keynote speaker.  The featured speaker is Nicole Hockley, managing director of Sandy Hook Promise. Last year featured superb workshops. For more information go to https://achieve.lausd.net/Page/14361.
The Alliance will be tabling and bannering there and otherwise introducing attendees to our organization.

(Regarding Sandy Hook, Sandy Hook mother Scarlett Lewis, a national advocate for universal school-based SEL, has become an ally of our Alliance. Scarlett developed her own SEL program, The Jesse Lewis Choose Love Movement, after studying the lack of emotional support and training that the shooter experienced in his life that cost Scarlett her six-year old son and the lives of 28 other children. She concluded that the massacre likely never would have happened had the killer experienced school-based SEL. Her free program, with funding from the Novo foundation, focuses on teachers learning SEL as they teach it in order to speed the process of SEL insertion in school curriculum.)   

Meanwhile, the Funding SEL Webinar can be signed on for at https://home.edweb.net/webinar/educationfunding20180430/

NATIONAL SEL NETWORK FORMING

For the last four months the Alliance has participated in actions leading to the formation of a national network of similar groups. The effort is being led by our mentor organization, the Massachusetts SEL Alliance founded by Mitch Lyons and now directed by Jim Vetter. At this point about 40 organizations – some statewide in their states, some more localized but seeking to grow statewide – are participating in establishing guidelines and goals.

Like our state Alliance, the national Alliance – to operate soon at SEL4US.org – is meant to fill a gap that has existed since the dawn of SEL 40 years ago. The gap is little to no coordinated action to forward SEL adoption coming from SEL enthusiasts, program developers, beneficiaries and social-change organizations. One benefit of a national Alliance already apparent is learning what advocacy methods others are using that is working; another is co-developing approaches such as to speaking engagements and approaching major businesses and institutions for support.

SEND WHAT’S WORKING/ TELL US YOUR NEEDS

We want to hear from you. Please send to info@sel4ca.org for publication any information and stories about what is working in your local SEL sphere and also your ideas about what directions the Alliance should take in order to be most helpful. In other words, even if you don’t join a committee or take on many tasks, at least provide ideas and information and help guide our direction in ways that will likely be most effective.

GET INVOVED: ALLIANCE ACTIONS AND NEEDS

DELEGATIONS:  Let us know by emailing info@sel4ca.org if you are prepared to join upcoming delegations, including to LAUSD school board members and key staff executives, and to key legislators. Or ready to organize a delegation to your school district officials and others you believe could advance the cause, and want to reach out to us for help. 

MEMBERSHIP RECRUITMENT: Numbers make a difference in our advocacy work, even if your organization or you are only listed as a member when decision-makers visit our website. Sign up at http://www.sel4ca.org/helping-sel4ca/ if you have not already and instead only wanted these emails.

Also, very important, please click this download link ( https://gallery.mailchimp.com/5374f623f3b74c101441a4bf8/files/b18b3261-e084-40d1-bf46-e198158d51a9/Alliance_Brochure_5.docx ) to the recruitment brochure to send people and organizations you believe care about the cause, or would benefit from our work to help their own causes. Membership is free and carries benefits and no obligations.

LEADERSHIP: We are seeking co-chairs for our committees. The expanded committee list can be found at http://www.sel4ca.org/helping-sel4ca/. You can also elect to join the steering committee.

SPEAKERS BUREAU: A number of members have signed up for the Speakers Bureau as speakers, and we have created speaker guidelines. Now we need help from you in arranging more speaking engagements before all kinds of groups, large and small, and particularly parent,  teacher and business groups. More speakers are also welcome. Email info@sel4ca.org.

EVENTS AND TABLING: Notify us of events at which we might table if you cannot table yourself. Let us know if you have spare time to help table at events. We have created tabling content. Email info@sel4ca.org.

DONATE DIRECTLY:  Funding will be used to create events and to continue to pay our part-time (hopefully soon full-time) administrative assistant – our one employee, since everyone else is volunteer and this is an investment that speeds our growth and effectiveness. You can tax-deductible donate via our fiscal sponsor, BigEQ Campaign/Earthways Foundation, at https://bigeqcampaign.networkforgood.com/. If you donate online, send an email to info@sel4ca.org stating that it is for the Alliance. Or you can send a check made out to Earthways Foundation/BEQC and be sure to write in the memo line at the bottom “For SEL4CA.”  The address is 20178 Rockport Way, Malibu CA 90265.

ATTEND OR HOST A FUN SEL FUNDRAISING DINNER PARTY

To participate in an upcoming dinner party, send a request for more information about upcoming ones toevents@sel4ca.org. To host a dinner event for friends and colleagues at your home, you can find information at sel4ca.org/dinner-party/.

VALUABLE ARTICLES AND LINKS

Supporting Students with Chronic Trauma
How do Young People Feel About Technology

NEW MEMBERS

Graci Marroqin – teacher, Menifee, CA.

Megan Green – regional director, Center for the

Collaborative Classroom, Alameda, CA

Emily Cremidis, education consultant, Novato, CA

Nelly Zahiri – psychologist and TV producer/host of Mom Talk, Encino, CA

Erica Buxton – CEO, EQtainment, Manhattan Beach, CA.

Kevin Maloney – EQtainment, Manhattan Beach, CA

Shaira Badran – biology educator and consultant, Encino, CA

Seth Caldwell – founder, Snapchallenge.org, Santa Monica, CA

Nini White – founder, Kids Own Wisdom, Petaluma, CA

Pam Herkner – principal, Juan Cabrillo School, Malibu, CA

Maria Castilleja – trainer, Sanford Harmony, National University, Long Beach, CA

Carmen Cooper – teacher, Cape Town, South Africa

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March 5 2018

CONTENTS

  • OVERVIEW
  • ACTION NEEDED… AND TODAY IF POSSIBLE
  • DELEGATIONS
  • ACTION LOCALLY
  • FAST-TRACKING TEACHER AND ADMINISTRATOR SEL TRAINING
  • A HURRAH MOVE FORWARD! CALIFORNIA RELEASES STATE SEL GUIDELINES
  • ALLIANCE MEMBERS GET FREE ENTRY TO THE “RETHINKING EDUCATION” SUMMIT –> SIGN UP QUICKLY
  • A RESPONSE TO THE FLORIDA SCHOOL KILLINGS
  • GENERAL MEMBERSHIP ZOOM MEETING
  • NEW MEMBERS

OVERVIEW

February was an important development month. The State of California issued its helpful final SEL Guideline Principles (see below) and the state budget process kicked in big time with some looming potential reductions in funding for SEL expansion funds, recommended by the Governor’s office and the state Finance Department. This means less for SEL from the cash targeted perspective to end the “school to prison pipeline” mandated and funded by Prop 49 two years ago. Our Alliance itself has some important developments to share, as you will read.  First off, however:

ACTION NEEDED THIS WEEK AND TODAY IF POSSIBLE

As we swing into 2018 action on the Advocacy side, our Alliance is now working closely with Children Now and particularly with its Senior Director for Education Policy Brad Strong, who leads its advocacy efforts and is one of the best informed individuals in the state on the challenges and progress of implementing SEL universally in California schools.

It being annual BUDGET TIME in California, Brad sent this immediate call to action inviting each of us to sign up our organization and ourselves in support of expanded funding for SEL implementation under what is known as “school climate” and “student engagement” funding from the state Legislature. Funding details are in the link to the draft letter in the next paragraph.

From Brad: “FYI – Senate Budget Sub 1 on Education Finance will be having their first hearing on Thursday. [We are] revising the budget request letter sent to the Assembly by 25 organizations to now be sent to the Senate and adding orgs that still wish to be included.  IF you wish to be added, please Sign on here by Tuesday. Please share with your networks and partner orgs that may wish to join on as well. We believe these investments are critical for addressing the academic, behavioral and social-emotional needs of our children and are particularly necessary for our schools to transform school climate and their systems of support. Contact me if you have any questions. Thanks! Brad.”

Brad’s email is bstrong@childrennow.org. He can be reached at T. 916-379-5256 ext. 127 or  C. 916-588-7584

If, for some reason, you don’t read this or act before Wednesday (and even if you do), please then contact Assemblyman Kevin McCarty and State Senator Anthony Portantino directly and urge VASTLY EXPANDED funding of two areas: The Children Now Initiative and our own SEL Alliance push for funding comprehensive teacher and administrator SEL-implementation training and program acquisitions. McCarty and Portantino are the two individuals in the key positions to effect greater funding.

McCarty is at 916-319-2007. His email link is: https://lcmspubcontact.lc.ca.gov/PublicLCMS/ContactPopup.php?district=AD07
Portantino is at 916-651-4025. His email link is: http://sd25.senate.ca.gov/contact

ALSO: Governor Brown’s office is recommending far less funding for SEL initiatives than we want to see. Please make your concerns known to Jenny Johnson, the Deputy Legislative Secretary in his office, and again refer to the Children Now initiative and our own call for implementation training.

Her email is Jennifer.johnson@gov.ca.gov. Her assistant’s number is 916-445-4341.

NOTE: WE ARE ALSO REQUESTING A GROUP CONFERENCE CALL WITH HER. PLEASE REPLY IF YOU WANT TO PARTICIPATE. MEANWHILE, DON’T HESITATE TO EMAIL OR CALL HER OFFICE DIRECTLY TO ADVOCATE FOR EXPANDED FUNDING.

We also encourage everyone to sign up as a supporter of Children Now, which you can do automatically after you sign the letter, or separately at: https://www.childrennow.org/themovement/ There is valuable overview on state developments in the SEL section of its annual Report Card as in other areas.

ACTION LOCALLY 

We encourage Alliance member engagement at the local school district and school level. This includes calling for budget shifts and training for SEL practices, and asking your local administrators to join our calls to the legislature and Governor Brown’s office. On a more granular level, we recommend also bringing up these two specific issues with your local districts.

·   Many school districts are currently NOT surveying parents, staff and students, as formerly mandated (and now treated more than not as optional) for parents and staff to share about School Climate and students on what was called the Healthy Student Survey. Among other data, this provides info and insights that includes bullying, drug usage and absentee causes. Hence there is an information blank that would inform specific state and district policy directions.  We encourage re-employment of these surveys in order to learn what the specific needs are now and how effective individual SEL practices are in removing or reducing those barriers to learning and to whole child development.

·    Surveys also provide data for a crucial need of each district to set and meet standards and practices for academic, behavioral and social-emotional learning adjusted to the existing “tier” system under which students are tiered for their current capacities and growth needs. The core question to be asked: What’s the tier intervention strategy for behavioral and social emotional learning? For example, what will be provided to students running one grade behind? Our Alliance joins in encouraging districts to analyze the specific needs of each tier on the behavioral and SEL levels and build their intervention strategies and programs accordingly.

FAST-TRACKING TEACHER AND ADMINISTRATOR SEL TRAINING

As with our Massachusetts predecessors and mentors at SEL4Ma.org, we seek to accelerate greatly SEL administrator and teacher training at the college level before employment. One way is to mandate such training as part of the credentialing of teachers. In that regard, we want to encourage contact with the state Commission on Teacher Credentialing via emails, letters, calls and appearances at their public meetings urging the beefing up of those standards.

The Commission phone number is 916-322-4974 and address is 1900 Capitol Avenue, Sacramento, CA 95811.

More specifically, the executive director is Mary Vixie Sandy at msandy@ctc.ca.gov and the Credentials Director is Charlie Watters at cwatters@ctc.ca.gov.  Board members can be found at: https://www.ctc.ca.gov/commission/commissioners

A HURRAH MOVE FORWARD! CALIFORNIA RELEASES STATE SEL GUIDELINES

On February 23, after a year and a half of deliberations by a special “planning team”of 35 educators from around the state, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson released new California Department of Education (CDE) guiding principles for teaching social and emotional skills. He described the guidelines as “a tool to help educators ensure students have the skills they need for success in school, careers, and in the community. Educators know, and the science confirms, that learning is not only cognitive, but also social and emotional. These principles are a part of a concentrated effort to improve teaching and learning of social and emotional skills by recognizing that students’ connection to what they are learning is a critical component of a quality education.”

In addition to the guiding principles, the team is producing curriculum and assessment resources for California educators. Our Alliance website (www.sel4ca.org) earlier published a near final draft of the guidelines. The final version can be found at https://www.cde.ca.gov/eo/in/documents/selguidingprincipleswb.pdf.

The strengths and weaknesses of the guidelines can be debated at another time. The Alliance steering and advocacy committees have supported their development as a necessary step in formalizing a structure for the more rapid advancement of SEL throughout a laggard California school system. To its credit, Torklakson’s office has been moving fairly strongly in this direction, both with regulations and inducements, over the last three years.  The major gap remaining are the substantial resources needed at the local level for implementation – one reason we encourage the action steps above for funding and changing rules.

ALLIANCE MEMBERS GET FREE ENTRY TO THE “RETHINKING EDUCATION” SUMMIT –> SIGN UP QUICKLY

Three members of our SEL4CA steering committee, along with best-selling authors, forward-thinking politicians, clinical psychologists, technology specialists and youth-led education advocates, are featured in this informational online virtual summit focused on the importance of social-emotional learning in schools, sports, business, politics, the home and the legislature.

Our colleague Sandie Sedgbeer is hosting the Summit that might help each Alliance members expand our ways to engage with others in our quest to advance SEL in the home and classroom. You can attend for FREE if you act quickly and sign up now!

California SEL Alliance is a co-sponsor of the summit along with Inspired Parenting Magazine, Invitational Books, and Franklin Covey. It brings together leading experts in emotional and social learning, progressive education, health, neuroscience, parenting, entertainment technology and business.

The series starts on SUNDAY, MARCH 25.
SIGN UPS START on TUESDAY, MARCH 6 at: www.rethinkingeducationsummit.com

A RESPONSE TO THE FLORIDA KILLINGS

The Alliance is a co-promoter of the EQuip Our Kids! national campaign launched by the LA-based member organization The BigEQ Campaign (BigEQ.org), which focuses on media, marketing and advertising to educate and mobilize a public that has never heard of social-emotional learning or knows its benefits.

After the Florida school shootings, EQuip Our Kids! launched a 60-second social media video (to become a TV spot) featuring EQuip Our Kids! endorser Scarlett Lewis, whose six-year old son was killed in the Sandy Hook  school massacre five years ago. Scarlett determined this might have never happened had the killer experienced SEL in his otherwise distressed and neglected emotional life, and she then developed her own SEL program and became a national advocate for SEL. Watch and please share this spot at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u9hG96GaLgY

GENERAL MEMBERSHIP ZOOM MEETING

You are invited to participate in a general video conference call membership meeting at 5 p.m. on March 20. Please RSVP by replying to this email. A link to the conference will be sent later.

NEW MEMBERS

We welcome these new members:

  • Tanya Franklin, director of SEL for the LA Partnership
  • Erica Stanley, UCLA psychology and education researcher
  • Steve Thomson, president of the Compassionate Charters schools
  • Thanna Vickerman, LA parent and program developer of Choose Love Parenting
  • JG Larochette, president of Mindful Life Project in Richmond, CA
  • Stacy Lieberman, teacher at Hale Charter Academy in Los Angeles
  • Julie Johnston, VP of partnerships for Base-ed in San Diego.
  • Julie Greenberg, LA parent and founder of Connect From the Heart
  • Joyce Conrad, teacher in Castroville, CA
  • Kris Daly, mother in Palm Desert
  • Tessa Roos, mother in Cathedral City close to PTA and Strong Foundation Learning Center
  • Rhonda Koester, Montanta SEL program developer
  • Michael  Jascz, founder and director of The Relationship Foundation, New York

SHARE NEWS AND EVENTS AND FIND OUT WHAT OTHERS ARE DOING

On the News & Events tab at www.SEL4CA.org you can read postings or send in your own.  Please send news or sharings you want posted to info@sel4ca.org and event announcements to events@sel4ca.org.

PARTICIPATE IN SOCIAL MEDIA

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