SEL Teacher Coaching
The School Culture and Climate Initiative offers one-on-one or small group coaching for educators who are interested in honing their skills in incorporating social-emotional learning and creating positive climates in their schools and classrooms. Educators and our coaches form strong coaching partnerships and collaboratively identify personal development goals. Coaches provide modeling, observation and feedback, and spend quality time with educators, ideally, across a full academic year.

Teachers benefit by:
• Receiving specific feedback that allows for skill development and growth
• Setting personal goals that allow each teacher to maximize their full potential
• Cultivating classrooms where the learning environment is positive and engaging
• Developing and managing nurturing relationships with their students

Administrators benefit by:
• Receiving tools to help staff better collaborate, manage stress, and maintain their overall well-being
• Collaborating with the coach regularly to ensure positive outcomes in the larger school community.

Contact SCCI for more information!
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: Friday, May 14th at 11:59 p.m.
Resources, Webinars, and PD
Newark Trust for Education is proud to present the third annual Safe and Supportive Learning Environments (SSLE) Summit: Covid-19 & Beyond
May 10-13, 2021
The focus is on working together with students and families to create safe and supportive learning environments post pandemic. Participants will hear keynote remarks delivered by experts including Karen L. Mapp, Ed.D., Harvard Graduate School of Education; Dena Simmons, Ed.D., Educator. Activist. Lifelong Learner and founder of LiberatED; David Adams, Board of Directors of the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) and CEO of The Urban Assembly; and national expert on Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES) Dave Ellis, Executive Director for the Office of Resilience within New Jersey’s Department of Children and Families (DCF). On each of the four days, sessions will cover topics that span the Early Childhood and P - 12 education spaces. Click here for more information and to register.
Pure Edge Webinar: "Exploring Movement for All Bodies"
MAY 14 & 21 at 3:00 p.m. ET
Movement and mental health are inextricably connected. For Mental Health Awareness Month, join certified personal trainer and trauma-informed fitness professional Aleksei Weaver for a series of 45-minute sessions that invite participants to move in support of body awareness, connection, and their unique needs. This movement-based series incorporates breathing strategies and is divided into seated (5/14) and floor-based (5/21) sessions for accessibility. Please wear clothing suitable for light exercise. Register here
Second Step Webinar: "Making Educator Wellness a Priority "
May 19 from 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. ET
Teaching is one of the most stressful professions. That stress can affect your health, your job satisfaction, and even the quality of your teaching. However, decades of research show that when teachers feel better, they perform better. In this webinar, you’ll learn some simple strategies you can use immediately to reduce stress and improve your wellness. Register here
CASEL Cares Webinar "American Rescue Plan Act: Funding Social and Emotional Learning"
May 21 from 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. ET
With historic levels of funding in education available, how is your community making connections to SEL in your budget priorities? The American Rescue Plan Act (ARP) offers an unparalleled opportunity for state and district leaders to make long-term investments in SEL to support students’ learning and development, promote educator SEL and well-being, deepen partnerships with families and communities, and create more inclusive and equitable learning environments. Join our webinar to learn more about how you can leverage ARP to bolster evidence-based implementation of SEL and fully support students, families and educators. Recommended for district and state leaders. Register here
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: "4 Ways Schools Can Support Students and Educators as We Return to In-Person Learning"
By Sara Potler LaHayne, Founder & CEO of Move This World
While academic learning and lesson plans are important, our priority when it comes to getting back to school needs to be clear. There is a childhood mental health crisis sitting just under the surface for an entire generation of children who are not getting what they need developmentally, emotionally, and otherwise. Once we return to the classroom at full capacity, students will have a new set of challenges to overcome. Beyond decreased in-person interaction, the racial and economic disparities that the virus presents are also exacerbating the mental health crisis. Read more
Article: "4 Relationship-Building Strategies to Help Finish the School Year Strong"
Students still have time to make connections with their classmates, and projects that require teamwork are a great place to start. Read more

"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.