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March 2019
Video: Congressional Briefing on Teacher Preparation and SEL
On Wed., Feb. 27, CASEL and Committee for Children hosted a Congressional briefing that highlighted the need to integrate SEL into teacher preparation programs. Most do not sufficiently prepare teachers to understand and model the social-emotional competencies students need. Researchers and practitioners offered recommendations for how policymakers can address this training gap. More information here .
Brief: All Schools Benefit from SEL
All students, including those served by suburban and private schools, benefit from SEL. The latest SEL Trends profiles the efforts of Evanston/Skokie and Hinsdale, Illinois; Palo Alto, California; and Holton Arms private school for girls outside Washington, DC.
Tool: SEL Playbook to Support Practitioners
This resource provides activities for introducing and broadening the use of three signature SEL practices in classrooms, schools, and workplaces. The playbook addresses welcoming inclusion activities, engaging strategies, and optimistic closures to help practitioners create safe, productive spaces for students and adults.

For more school team resources, visit the School Guide .
Twitter Chat: Day of Learning on the International Day of Happiness, March 20 at 9 a.m. ET
To support its efforts to expand opportunities for teens to develop SEL competencies, LG has announced a Day of Learning focused on the Science of Happiness and six Sustainable Happiness Skills, hosted in partnership with Discovery Education. Join the Twitter chat that will bring together LG partners and experts from UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center to highlight the importance of happiness, how happiness impacts the brain, and resources to get teens involved. 
National Commission: The Sun Is Setting
The National Commission on Social, Emotional, and Academic Development officially ended its work on March 15, 2019. will continue to host the final report and additional Commission resources. A number of Commission partners will advance the Commission's recommendations including Learning Policy Institute, Forum for Youth Investment, and CASEL. America’s Promise Alliance will lead related communication and outreach efforts. If you have Commission-related inquires or comments, email here.
Afterschool Programs: Report and Companion Guide
The Wallace Foundation released a new report that reviews evaluations of afterschool programs to determine if any meet research requirements of the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The report reviewed over 600 evaluations, and 62 programs met the top three tiers of ESSA research requirements and also demonstrated positive impacts on students. Also available is a companion guide that provides detailed research summaries that help make decisions about afterschool programming in your community
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Worth Reading
This Month

Coaching Social and Emotional Skills in Youth Sports
National Commission | Read More

1.7 Million Students Attend Schools with Police but No Counselors, New Data Show
Education Week | Read More

SEL “Kernels”—A Cheaper, Quicker Approach to SEL
Hechinger Report | Read More

The Widespread Growth of Social and Emotional Learning Programs in Schools
MDR | Read More

Integrating a Focus on Equity into Social and Emotional Learning. REL Midwest | Read More
Mark Your Calendar

Online Summit: SEL In Schools
March 20, 1 pm ET | Register

In this virtual, free event,  Education Week  journalists and guests will facilitate online "discussion" rooms on a host of SEL topics for a big-picture look at how states, districts, and schools can reach their students through SEL. CASEL will join the 1 pm discussion with Evie Blad. 

CASEL's Summer Institute for Schoolwide SEL
June 24-25 | $875, Register by April 15 

Are you leading or interested in leading schoolwide SEL implementation? Register for our two-day immersive experience to learn more about our schoolwide SEL process and how to use the new  CASEL Guide for Schoolwide SEL . Participants will have opportunities to receive targeted consultation and technical assistance from SEL experts who have led schoolwide SEL implementation.
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.