SCAIP Professional Learning Community
2021-22 School Climate Assessment and Improvement Process (SCAIP)Virtual PLCs
These Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) are a networking opportunity designed for SCAIP schools that:

  • are just beginning
  • are currently in years 2, 3 or extended year 4;
  • have completed the 3-year School Climate Assessment and Improvement Process.

During the SCAIP PLCs, educators have the chance to share, learn, and inspire each other.

Individual representatives or the entire Culture and Climate team are welcome to attend! Share with your colleagues!

Join us TODAY for the Fall SCAIP PLC!
November 16th from 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
February 8 from 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
May 10 from 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
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 $180,000 to support a Sustainable Jersey for Schools Grants Program cycle. The cycle offers ten $10,000 district and school sustainability project grants and forty $2,000 school green team 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.

Visit the NJEA Grants Cycle page on the Sustainable Jersey for Schools website to learn more about the cycle and explore application resources.

EXTENDED Application Deadline: Friday, December 3, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. ET
Upcoming Workshop Series
Join us for our Workshop Series - "Building Within: Cultivating Well-Being and Emotional Resilience in Educators"!
Research shows that educators who cultivate their own SEL practices enjoy more positive relationships with their students and see improved academic performance in their classrooms.
Designed specifically to help educators develop their SEL skills, the Building Within workshop series will feature guided personal reflections and offer tools for implementing SEL practices on a daily basis. Led by social emotional learning coaches Erica Brentan and Kathleen McClay, educators will come away with a set of activities they can take back to their schools and easily share with colleagues in their school communities.
Workshop topics include:
  • Understanding, accepting, and positively responding to emotions
  • Cultivating the perseverance, patience and courage needed to manage change
  • Strengthening compassion and gratitude for the self and others 
  • Building strong, healthy classroom communities

The registration fee is $149 per person. 

Each interactive Zoom session will be held monthly from 3:15 p.m. - 4:15 p.m. ET from January through May 2022.
Resources and Webinars
CASEL Building Connections Webinar: "Social and Emotional Learning and Sustainability"
November 19 from 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. ET
What makes SEL implementation last long-term, especially as people and contexts change? Ten years ago, CASEL launched the Collaborating Districts Initiative (CDI) to study whether it was possible to implement SEL systemically in large, urban school districts. The goal was to create a shift in how entire districts approach education. Not only did the CDI demonstrate that it was possible to implement SEL even in the most complex systems, but every district partner has continued to deepen and expand SEL since joining. Join us as we reflect on lessons learned over the past decade and share six elements for sustaining SEL implementation across a district.

Recommended for district and state leaders on their own SEL journeys. Participants will learn from CASEL’s district consultants, who’ve worked closely with school system leaders nationwide. They’ll discuss each element and share promising strategies from partner districts. Register here
"Community Resiliency Model Online Workshop"
December 7 from 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. ET
Facilitated by: Christa Tinari and Lindy Settevendemie

This interactive workshop will present several trauma and resiliency-informed exercises that can help educators and students connect with a sense of well-being and physical and emotional safety during challenging times. Participants will learn simple exercises that can be used anytime throughout the day to balance the body's response to stress. These strategies are based on the Community Resiliency Model which integrates an understanding of the nervous system. They can be used for quick and effective self-care by students who have experienced trauma as well as those who have not. When students and educators collectively practice these simple strategies, they can establish a deeper sense of trust, caring and safety within the classroom. Free resources will be provided that can help educators implement these new strategies right away.

Recommended for educators, counselors and school support staff, K-12. Register here
Blog/Podcast: "Teachers Are Barely Hanging On. Here’s What They Need"
By Cult of Pedagogy
The 2021-22 school year is off and running, and what I’ve been hearing from teachers over and over, from every corner, is that this is the worst school year ever. So much worse than 2020, which should have easily held the title for “worst year ever” in every category, for a long, long time. But for so many teachers the worst year is turning out to be this year. Read more
Article: "Building a Faculty's Skills in Culturally Relevant Teaching"
Learn how a teacher-created PLC spurred collective efficacy around working with diverse students. Read more
New Jersey Education Association (NJEA) Review "Bringing SEL Into Your Schools"
by Maurice Elias and Jennifer Ly, Rutgers University SECD Lab and SEL4NJ
Hundreds of schools in New Jersey joined in the celebration of the second International Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) Day in March 2021. They shared the SEL, character, school culture and climate, and student voice activities they did on that day, during the preceding week or two, and during the whole academic year. 

Learn what several schools did and how you can incorporate their SEL activities and lesson plans in your school. Read more
2021 Children’s Mental Health Report
"The Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Children’s Mental Health: What We Know So Far"
Even before the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, mental health professionals were struggling to meet the needs of the 1 in 5 children and adolescents with a mental health or learning disorder. Then the pandemic hit, bringing an upsurge in youth reporting mental health challenges. In this report, we examine the growing body of research on the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on children’s mental health, including the results of a survey of thousands of parents conducted by the Child Mind Institute. Read more
"3 SEL Practices Teachers Can Use Every Day"
These social and emotional learning strategies won’t take a lot of time, but they can have a big impact on middle and high school students. Read more

"Helping Students Reacclimate to Being With Others All Day"
Many students are still a little overwhelmed at being around their peers, though they’re also excited. Some simple strategies can help them adjust to being back in school. Read more

"3 Steps School Leaders Can Take to Support Teachers Right Now"
Educators’ well-being impacts students’ well-being and learning, so it’s imperative that school leaders find ways to make teachers’ workload more manageable. Read more
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!

"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 School Culture and Climate Initiative (SCCI) is based at the Center for Human and Social Development at Saint Elizabeth University.