Funding for School Climate Actions
New Sustainable Jersey for Schools Funding Opportunity!  

The New Jersey Education Association (NJEA), a Sustainable Jersey for Schools program Underwriter, is contributing $100,000 to support a Sustainable Jersey for Schools Grants Program cycle. The cycle offers four $10,000 project grants and thirty $2,000 project or green team support grants. The funding supports efforts to implement projects that help participating schools make progress toward a sustainable future and gain points needed for Sustainable Jersey for Schools certification. To see if you are eligible for this grant, click here.  

APPLICATION DEADLINE EXTENDED: Friday, May 14, 2021 at 11:59 p.m.
Highlights of International SEL Day 2021
Photo above submitted from Byram Lakes Elementary School in Byram Township, NJ
Congratulations to everyone who participated in International SEL Day 2021!
New Jersey had 567 schools and organizations sign-up for SEL Day - that is almost 25% of all participants! #SELday was a massive success globally - trending for more than two hours and had over 12 million views - amazing visibility for such an important message. And what a way to showcase the fabulous work being brought to life in NJ schools! Check out some of the great SEL Day submission on our Twitter page!
Resources, Webinars and PD
On March 24th, Arts Ed NJ, the unified voice for arts education in New Jersey, launched the Center for Arts Education and Social Emotional Learning (, a national institution dedicated to illuminating the intersection between arts education and social emotional learning (SEL) to facilitate the embedded, intentional, and sustained application of SEL-informed arts education. This is accomplished by elevating the lived experience, voices, and cultural assets of PreK-16 students through the development of exemplary arts education practices and approaches, designed to activate the SEL competencies of self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision-making through the artistic processes of create, perform, respond, and connect. Read more
CASEL Cares Webinar "Learning from Student Perspectives"
April 23 from 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. ET
As we approach the final months of a historical year of schooling, what have we learned from students about their experiences? How can we continue to support young people’s learning, well-being, and relationships based on what students say they need? Young people nationwide have been vocalizing how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting their lives – from the complex challenges they faced to the opportunities they seized. Join YouthTruth as they examine and compare findings from student voice surveys taken before and during the pandemic. Hear how this data is informing efforts in school communities, and how a focus on social and emotional learning (SEL) can help ensure a responsive and adaptive approach. Recommended for educators and practitioners, attendees will leave with tools to use right away to begin to build the critical connection between youth voice and SEL.
Archived Webinar: “NJ’s Children’s System of Care: How to Connect Your Patients to Mental Health Services”
This archived webinar for connecting youth and families to mental health and intellectual disabilities/developmental disabilities services in New Jersey was held on March 16th. Learn about how these services are accessed and delivered. The second half of the session is a Q&A which is also highly informative as well as the FAQ.  
Article from Edutopia: "5 Ways to Get to Know Your Middle and High School Students Better"
When teachers take the time to build strong relationships with students, it sets the stage for productive learning. Read the article.

"Youth Mental Health First Aid"
The Northeast and Caribbean Mental Health Technology Transfer Center (MHTTC) can provide Youth Mental Health First Aid to your school or organization at no cost. "Youth Mental Health First Aid" is designed to teach parents, family members, caregivers, teachers, school staff, peers, neighbors, health and human services workers, and other caring citizens how to help an adolescent (age 12-18) who is experiencing a mental health or addictions challenge or is in crisis. Topics covered include anxiety, depression, substance use, disorders in which psychosis may occur, disruptive behavior disorders (including AD/HD), and eating disorders." 

If you are interested in receiving training, please email us.
The Academy for SEL in Schools, a partnership between Rutgers University and Saint Elizabeth University, offers certificate programs for educators and educational leaders in social-emotional and character development.
SEL4NJ is a state-wide coalition that promotes high-quality SEL throughout the state. Sign up now to join this effort and to stay informed about national and state SEL news!
The School Culture and Climate Initiative (SCCI) is based at the Center for Human and Social Development at Saint Elizabeth University.