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September 2019
Tool: Developing Goals for Schoolwide SEL
This tool presents the “SMARTIE” goal-setting process. SMARTIE goals are a useful link between a needs and resources assessment and an action plan. The tool includes a template that can be used to prioritize clear, motivating goals for SEL.
Ohio Adopts SEL Policy for Schools
The Ohio State Board of Education has adopted an SEL policy that will be implemented this school year in grades K-12. The approach focuses on the “whole student,” which includes helping students regulate their emotions, become better communicators, and make good decisions.
Tool: Sample Teaching Activities to Support Core Competencies of SEL
Derived from a range of evidence-based programs, these activities provide practical ways to incorporate the five SEL competencies into the classroom.
SEL Trends: How Districts Are Overcoming Common Challenges
CASEL’s latest brief features recommendations for addressing common systemic SEL implementation challenges, such as overcoming “initiative fatigue,” strengthening adult SEL, and establishing a common understanding of how SEL serves all students. Many of these insights are drawn from our SEL Readiness and Engagement Analysis (SELREA), where CASEL meets with district representatives about the district’s SEL efforts, the challenges they face, and their vision for the future. Learn more about SELREAs
Q&A: Greater Good Leaders Share Advice About Adult SEL
The Greater Good Science Center leaders discuss mindfulness, managing emotions, and other strategies for strengthening adult SEL, as well as the curriculum they helped develop as part of the LG Experience Happiness initiative. 
Download and Share: SEL Snapshot
Worth Reading
This Month

New Book: Permission to Feel: Unlocking the Power of Emotions to Help Our Kids, Ourselves, and Our Society Thrive , by Marc Brackett. | More

Calls for Coaches: Coaching Social and Emotional Skills in Youth Sports. Aspen Institute . | More

Student Voices Increasingly Play a Role in the Nation’s Largest School System . New York Times . | More

Putting Out the Welcome Mat—A New Research Study Documents the Positive Effects of Teachers’ Efforts to Create a Positive Classroom Climate. Educational Leadership . | More

Elevating Student Voice in Education. Center for American Progress .   | More
Mark Your Calendar

Sept. 23-27, Mindful Kids Peace Summit
An online initiative for middle and high schools, the summit provides materials and curricula to engage young people in SEL, positive psychology, enhanced physical and mental health and well-being, and mindfulness. Students learn to cope with stress, deal with emotions, and grow into happier peace-loving adults. More

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. More

Nov. 20, POP-Up Festival to Celebrate World Children’s Day
UNICEF and allies in 150+ countries are collaborating to bring more emotional intelligence awareness and resources to children and the adults who support them. A POP-UP Festival is a hands-on learning experience that you create by printing the activity “stations,” gathering simple materials, and inviting people to come together to learn and play. Each host decides which “stations” to print and adapts them to their audience. 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.