August 2020
Have Questions About Restarting the School Year With SEL?
We invite all educators to join us on August 25 from 4:30-5:30 pm ET for Restarting the School Year with SEL: Live Q&A Chat for Educators, featuring a panel of 30 experts. The chat-based forum is designed to answer all your questions on the SEL Roadmap and the return to learning, to help you achieve the best outcomes for your staff, students, and communities this year. Register today.
2020 SEL Exchange Virtual Summit Registration Opens Soon
Registration will open on September 14 for the 2020 SEL Exchange Virtual Summit. The four-hour event on “Catalyzing Our Commitment to Youth” will take place October 15. Be sure to save the date to hear from a diverse cross-section of voices dedicated to understanding individual and societal healing and transformation through SEL, anchored by an unwavering commitment to equity.
New Report on SEL Through an Equity Lens 
A new report from the Education Trust calls for school and district leaders to approach SEL through an equity lens, offering six key recommendations. The report highlights the need to shift the focus away from “fixing kids” and toward addressing the adult mindsets, as well as school and district policies that create the learning environment.
Tool: 5-Minute Chats With Students
This sample agenda and set of questions for one-on-one check-ins with students can build connections and help educators respond to needs, especially as school restarts.
Guide for Building Equitable Learning Environments
The BELE Network has curated a collection of resources to help educators prioritize equity and SEL this fall. The guide includes sections on the BELE framework, incorporating SEL in your schools, creating systemic change in your community, and additional specialized resources.
August Spotlight: Integrating SEL with Academics
Social and emotional competencies serve as a foundation for achieving academic goals, while academic instruction provides a ripe opportunity for teaching and practicing SEL. 

"I came to realize what a big part SEL plays in how students learn math. At the age of five, students in kindergarten come to school with all different emotions about learning and being in a new space. What they haven’t developed yet is a distaste for any one subject. When I look at how my students approach math at the beginning of the year, I see enthusiasm and wonder. They are so excited to dig in; they hardly realize they are learning. I have the unique opportunity to capitalize on their enthusiasm and wonder. Building in some self-confidence along the way will hopefully lead to more students gravitating toward the love of math in subsequent years.”

- Teacher from a CASEL research-practice partnership

  • Our Guide to Schoolwide SEL provides guidance and tools for integrating SEL with academics. Learn more.

  • We partnered with elementary school leaders and teachers to explore the gains and opportunities of integrating SEL with mathematic instruction. Read the brief.

  • A look at how Nashville implements social, emotional, and academic development across every grade level. View the 8-min video.
Worth Checking Out This Month
Into Coronavirus and the Classroom: The Biggest Online Learning Experiment Ever. Into America Podcast.| More

Six Online Activities to Help Students Cope With COVID-19. Greater Good Magazine.| More

Initiating Conversations with Your Children About Racial and Social Justice. Confident Parents, Confident Kids.| More

Respect With No Exceptions. SmartBrief.| More

COVID-19 Pandemic Resources. National Center for School Crisis and Bereavement.| More
Mark Your Calendar
August 19, 10am ET: Pure Edge Webinar: Culture of Care Summer Institute IIBrain Breaks Implementation. Register

August 19, 3pm ET: Twitter Chat on SEL and Equity with Education Trust, America’s Promise Alliance, and CASEL. Learn more

August 21, 1pm ET: CASEL CARES Webinar, Return to School During COVID-19: Helping Children and Families Manage Stress and Build Resilience. Register

August 25, 11:30am ET: SEL Exchange Virtual Summit Webinar sponsored by Mawi Learning: Back-to-School This Fall: SEL Best Practices for Any Learning Environment. Register

August 25, 4:30 ET: Restarting the School Year with SEL: Live Q&A Chat for Educators. Register

August 28, 1pm ET: CASEL CARES Webinar, Cultivating Adult SEL in Unprecedented Times: Latest scientific research, programs, and practices to support adults' wellness. Register

September 8, 3:30pm ET: SEL Exchange Virtual Summit Webinar sponsored by Rethink Ed: Integrating SEL to Connect, Heal and Recover: Lessons from District Leaders. 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.

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