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February 2019
Report: Learning from Surveys in CORE Districts
A report from FutureEd offers rich insights into what California’s CORE districts have learned from their annual surveys of students, teachers, and parents about nonacademic learning. Among the key takeaways: surveys don’t have to be part of accountability systems to be influential; most educators welcome the information, but many feel overwhelmed by the new data. Districts can help by providing educators and coaches with training and support. 
Brief: SEL Frameworks in 14 States
A new brief from CASEL’s Collaborating States Initiative looks at the 14 states that have developed SEL standards. It examines how state frameworks define children's social-emotional development, address equity, and make connections to other strategic priorities, such as workforce readiness and mental health. 
Tool: Self-Care Activities for Adults
These activities offer school staff a way to share their best practices for self-care, including: exercise, eating healthy, de-stressing, finding "me time". Developed by Chicago Public Schools and featured in the CASEL Guide to Schoolwide SEL, the activity engages colleagues as to foster a supportive environment.

For more school team resources, visit the School Guide .
Congressional Briefing: SEL Teacher Preparation
On Feb. 27 from 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. ET  CASEL and Committee for Children (CFC) will present on how SEL training can improve teacher education. To hear remarks from Congressman Tim Ryan and a panel of experts, tune in to CFC’s Facebook page for a live stream of the briefing. 
National Commission Report: From a Nation at Risk to a Nation at Hope
Check out the National Commission on Social, Emotional, and Academic Development's February newsletter for links to the many articles and op-eds since the January release of its report from the nation. 
Download: SEL Snapshot
Worth Reading
This Month

Empathy and Resilience, Responsibility and Self-Care: Resources for SEL
New York Times | Read More

Practical Tools for Improving Safety—and Other SEL Priorities
 ASCD Express | Read More

5 Ways We Develop SEL in Our Students
eSchool News | Read More

Are Educators Setting Goals for SEL? Evidence from Nationally Representative Surveys
RAND Corporation | Read More

7 Ways to Spark Engagement
Edutopia | Read More
Mark Your Calendar

Educating Mindfully Conference
Feb 28-Mar 2 | Register

The Coalition of Schools Educating Mindfully is hosting an inaugural conference in St. Charles, Ill., on mindfulness-based social, emotional, and academic learning.
 A s a member of CASEL’s network, use the registration code DISCOUNT50 to receive $50 off.

Online Summit: SEL In Schools
Mar 20, 1:00 pm ET | Register

In this virtual, free event,  Education Week  journalists and guests will staff 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.

SEL Innovation Fund Grants
Apply by Mar 22 | Application

NoVo Foundation, in partnership with Education First and Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, is seeking to fund projects that foster social and emotional competencies in students in grades PreK-12.
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.