Celebrating #SELDay Successes
Congratulations to everyone who participated in International SEL Day 2022! 

On Friday, March 11th, thousands of educators, students, community organizers, and individuals celebrated the third annual International SEL Day by showcasing, promoting, advocating, and supporting SEL around the globe. Your efforts helped #SELday reach several important milestones:

  • Both Governor Murphy and the State Board of Education issued Proclamations
  • NJ again was in the top ten globally in terms of impressions (and higher than any other state in the country!)
  • #SELday trended on Twitter for more than 5 hours 
  • Over 7 million views from over 6,000 mentions of #SELday 
  • Over 33,000 #SELday likes across social media 
  • A letter recognizing #SELday from the president and first lady 
  • Over #SELday 2,800 participants representing 63 countries and all 50 U.S. states and DC 
  • More than 2,300 schools, districts, and organizations represented 
  • Participants committed to over 8,000 actions to showcase, promote, advocate, and support #SELday 
  • Six #SELday state proclamations - California, Delaware, Nevada, New Jersey, Rhone Island, and Vermont

Check out some of the great SEL Day submissions on the School Culture and Climate Initiative and SEL4NJ Twitter pages!
SEL and School Climate Grant Opportunities
Check out the suggestions below to find social emotional learning grants in 2022.
  1. NEA Foundation Student Success Grants: Two levels of funding are available: $1,500 and $5,000. Grants fund activities for 12 months from the date of the award. Applicants must be members of the National Education Association.  
  2. Project AWARE State Education Agency Grants (Advancing Wellness and Resiliency in Education): The purpose of Project AWARE is to develop a sustainable infrastructure for school-based mental health programs and services. It is expected that the recipient will build a collaborative partnership that includes the State Education Agency (SEA), the Local Education Agency (LEA), the State Mental Health Agency (SMHA), community-based providers of behavioral health care services, school personnel, community organizations, families, and school-aged youth. Based on a public health model, this partnership will implement mental health related promotion, awareness, prevention, intervention and resilience activities to ensure that students have access and are connected to appropriate and effective behavioral health services. SAMHSA expects that this program will promote the healthy social and emotional development of school-aged youth and prevent youth violence in school settings. Applications are due Monday, May 2, 2022. 
Resources, Webinars, and PD
Edutopia Video: "How to Make Your Classroom a Healing Place"
The stress of the pandemic has impacted students and teachers alike, but taking a healing-centered approach in your classroom can help. View now

Article: "5 Ways Administrators Can Support Teachers"
Encouraging teachers to focus on their strengths—while taking a few things off their plates and carving out time for catch-up work—can help them weather a difficult year. Read more

Article: "4 Steps to Discussing Challenging Behavior With a Student"
Addressing students’ behavior can be tough, but it’s possible to approach them in ways that show compassion and help them feel ready to discuss the issue. Read more

Article: "How To Lead With Empathy"
Six ways to build a school culture that prioritizes understanding the experiences and perspectives of others. Read more

Article: "Real Actions School Leaders Can Take to Support Teachers"
A district superintendent shares several takeaways from talks with teachers about what they want to see from administration. Read more

Article: "Using Social and Emotional Data to Promote a Positive School Culture"
School leaders can combine traditional data with social and emotional data to get a full picture of the school experience of students and staff. Read more
Panorama Ed helps schools and districts support student and adult SEL with research-backed surveys, actionable data reports and more. Check out their latest tips and toolkits: 

Hogg Foundation for Mental Health Podcast: "Protecting Kids' Mental Health in a Time of Polarization"
In this episode of Into the Fold, explore how today’s toxic political climate may be impacting mental health programs in schools, as described in a recent NBC news article entitled, “Parents protesting ‘critical race theory’ identify a new target: Mental health programs”. Donna Black, president of the Social Emotional Learning Alliance for Texas (SEL4TX) discusses SEL, its application in schools, its positive impact on kids’ mental health, and its current mischaracterization in this time of political polarization. Listen now
2022 National Social and Emotional Learning Conference (Virtual) May 17-18
Explore leveraging the latest social and emotional learning research and practice. Build awareness and take action, creating a positive school climate that supports student success. Join mindfulness workshops, peer networking and hear from two amazing keynote speakers. Register here

Liz Warner and Trish Heindel will be presenting a workshop titled "Integrated and Systemic SEL: How to Ensure Success, Impact and Sustainability" on May 17th from 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
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!
NJ Mental Health Resource Guide
The New Jersey Department of Education last week released an incredibly valuable resource, The New Jersey Mental Health Resource Guide. They shared the following information:

"This comprehensive Guide is designed to support school districts to develop, implement, and evaluate mental health supports and services using a multi-tiered system of supports. While the Guide is lengthy, we tried to incorporate some features to assist the user identify what would be most helpful to their work (i.e., detailed table of contents, icons, consistent layout of chapters, etc.). In addition to containing a lot of content, each chapter also contains a summary, examples of implementation in NJ schools, hyperlinked resources, templates, and reflection questions."

Congratulations and thank you to the many involved throughout the state in creating such a valuable, helpful resource!
The School Culture and Climate Initiative (SCCI) is based at the Center for Human and Social Development at Saint Elizabeth University.
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