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