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August 2019
Guidance: Engaging the School Community Around SEL
Starting the school year with an engagement plan for SEL helps to build a shared understanding among all members of the school and community. T his guidance from the CASEL Guide to Schoolwide SEL offers resources and information for facilitating learning opportunities with your school community to better understand SEL and the role that each member can play in promoting it .
Toolkit: New SEL Resources Include Tools, Articles, and Discussion Guides
Common Sense Media has published an educator toolkit on SEL with advice for teachers on how to learn more about competencies like empathy, identify activities and tools for the classroom, and discover ways to involve families in SEL learning. It includes an ebook on technology and SEL , resources for families, student worksheets, and more .  
Tool: Effective SEL Communication Strategies for Your District
Clear, ongoing communication helps build awareness, promotes SEL in classrooms and schools, and makes the case for investing in SEL. This tool, developed by Collaborative Communications, provides steps for developing a four-step multimedia SEL outreach plan (login required).
Funding Opportunity: Effective School Practices to Support the Whole Child
The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI) invites applications from U.S.-based teams of schools, support organizations, and/or researchers who want to apply the science of learning and human development to improve existing school-based practices that develop self-direction and curiosity, specifically in adolescents (age 11-18 years old). CZI is looking for practices that go beyond standalone interventions and are integrated into core school structures, including teaching and learning, school culture and climate, mentoring/advisory, and/or professional learning.   Learn more
Researchers Learning from Practitioners
Transforming Education has published the fifth and final paper about lessons learned from its work with the Boston Charter Research Collaborative, exploring how to integrate social and emotional learning into teacher practice. The paper focuses on how researchers can facilitate convenings to learn from educators’ on-the-ground work.
Download and Share: SEL Snapshot
Worth Reading
This Month

Stories of Change: Educators Shift Practices to Reach All Learners. EdSurge. | More

Supporting Students’ Capacity to “Bounce Back”—Teachers Offer Their Views on How to Build Resilience. Education Week /Larry Ferlazzo. 

Teaching Your Heart Out: Emotional Labor and the Need for Systemic Change. Edutopia.   | More

Teaching Empathy Through Documentary Films Made by Kids. Education Week /Global Learning. | More

Continuous Improvement Starts with Relationships. How it Works in a California School District. WestEd.   | More
Mark Your Calendar

 Sept. 6, Novo Foundation Grant Applications Due. Education First/ NoVo will accept applications for the 2019 Regional SEL Convening grants to  help district and school communities create a convening that builds educators’ and other adults’ capacity to meet students’ social, emotional and academic needs with an equity lens . More

Sept. 7, Inaugural Conversations Summit 2019 in Chicago. The Summit will feature interactive sessions for learning, dialog, and activism with presentations created by youth ages 12-24 on mental health, self-expression, social justice, and more. Register

Sept. 27-28. Character Day. This annual event has involved people in more than 125 countries and 50 states. This year, Character Day focuses on the relationship between character and technology. Register
Thank you to CASEL's sponsors
The Allstate Foundation helps create more prosperous communities where people are empowered to fulfill their hopes and dreams. Through its Good Starts Young® program, The Allstate Foundation enables youth to build social and emotional learning skills and helps shape the next generation of leaders.  

LG is proud to partner with CASEL to advance SEL. The LG Experience Happiness platform is dedicated to bringing Sustainable Happiness Skills to youth across the country through collaboration, awareness and highly impactful SEL programming.