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

PARTICIPATE IN SOCIAL MEDIA

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SEL4CA.org/

Twitter: @SEL4CA (please also post to your own stream with #sel4ca)

Instagram: sel4ca  (please post to your own stream with #sel4ca)

 Hashtag (all social media): #SEL4CA

 

SHARE NEWS AND EVENTS AND FIND OUT WHAT OTHERS ARE DOING

Please send news or sharings you want posted to info@sel4ca.org and event announcements to events@sel4ca.org.

GENERAL CONTACT: INFO@SEL4CA.ORG