August-September Newsletter

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• 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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