Public Policy & Advocacy

Subject to the views of its members, this subcommittee would take action steps to:

  • Research and identify areas of advocacy
  • Be responsible for gathering and sharing information that highlights the need for government
  • action, support and change of policy;
  • Communicate with legislators in support of the needs of SEL;
  • Develop economic arguments as to why SEL is needed;
  • Seek other state and city governmental agencies to partner with to effect policy change;
  • Educate the general population by all available means to the benefits of SEL through workshop
  • presentation, public relations and other methods of communication;
  • Work with Parent-Teacher organizations in schools;
  • Develop media relations to promote SEL examples;
  • Promote interfaith organizations to work on SEL’s behalf in communities.

Break-out Session at Conference:

The breakout session in Public Policy and Advocacy divided this area into four subjects: (1) Awareness Education; (2) Expand Capacity; (3) Build Coalitions; (4) Work with Policy Makers. The way in which SEL is marketed is critical in gaining acceptance among education, community and business leaders.

In general terms, it was suggested that when advocating on behalf of SEL: (1) build on SEL competencies that teachers are already teaching, i.e., SEL is enhancing not adding-on to teachers’ duties; (2) include the voices of our children as to why SEL is needed; (3) weave the many societal issues that SEL addresses into the advocacy; (4) educate how SEL addresses what people need; (5) include cultural competency to appeal to all peoples; (6) sustain the movement by spreading the word wherever and to whomever we
can.

Members currently signed up to this committee are:

  • TBD