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.

 

PARTICIPATE IN SOCIAL MEDIA

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 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