Sharing a  Special Edition CASEL Newsletter  during COVID-19
Dear Colleagues:
This is a moment none of us has experienced and none foresaw. For me personally, it’s been a daily emotional roller-coaster ride. With this immense challenge comes an equally enormous opportunity for all of us to learn from what has happened and to pave a stronger path forward, both as individuals and as a society.
Our interconnectedness has never been more clearly on display. We are united in this situation not as a moral imperative, but as a survival imperative. And now is the time to fully express the depths of our social and emotional competence on all fronts.

When we apply everything we’ve learned from the science and practice of SEL, we can support our communities and the most vulnerable among us, as well as ourselves. 
Introducing CASEL CARES
CASEL CARES is a new initiative that connects the SEL community with experts to address how SEL can be most helpful in response to today’s circumstances. The first opportunity in this series is a webinar featuring Dr. Marc Brackett, CASEL board member and director of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence. Join Dr. Brackett Friday, March 27 at 1:00 pm ET as he helps us explore how we can all be our best possible selves during this stressful time. 
Addressing Social and Emotional Needs Related To COVID-19
We understand how important it is to attend to the social and emotional needs that arise during times like these. SEL offers a powerful means to explore and express our emotions, build relationships, and support each other – children and adults alike. Please feel free to access and share these resources, which are designed to support educators, parents, and anyone who works with children. This page will be updated regularly in response to changing conditions. Learn more .
Spread the Word! Friday, March 27 is “International SEL Day”
Join us in celebrating the inaugural “International SEL Day” tomorrow by sharing with your network on social media why SEL is important. Feel free to download these resources , including graphics and sample posts, and be sure to use the hashtag #SELday. Learn more about SEL Day.
Nominate an SEL Leader For Awards in Practice, Research
To encourage high professional standards and recognize outstanding achievements in SEL, CASEL created awards that honor the legacy of two individuals who played leading roles in the early years of CASEL’s development. CASEL is now accepting nominations until May 15, 2020 for recipients of the 2020 Mary Utne O’Brien awards on public policy and education practices and the Joseph E. Zins awards on research. Apply today.
Worth Reading This Month

Teacher, Interrupted: Leaning into Social-Emotional Learning Amid the COVID-19 Crisis. EdSurge | More

SEL in an Unplanned Home School Setting. xSEL Labs | More

As Principal, I Often Brought My Desk Into the Hallway. It Fostered Bonds That Made My School Safer. Chalkbeat | More

Schools in Michigan Take Hard Look at Teaching 'Soft Skills.' The Detroit News | More

Making the Most of “Going Virtual” in Response to COVID-19 E ducation First   | More

Study: Boosting Soft Skills Is Better Than Raising Test Scores. The Hechinger Report | More
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.