PD, Webinars, and Resources
CASEL Webinar "What Makes Me? Core Capacities for Living and Learning"
August 30 from 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. EDT
A recent report from UNICEF, the Learning for Wellbeing Foundation, and the Fetzer Institute reveals nine core capacities for living and learning and underscores the importance of noticing and nourishing these capacities from birth through adulthood in child policy and practice. Often overlooked as innate or basic skills, these capacities are underutilized in efforts to promote child rights, well-being, education, and holistic development. The report, a meta-analysis of hundreds of published research articles worldwide, has positively confirmed the significance of social and emotional learning. By protecting and promoting the development of these capacities, children can better understand themselves and others, and interact with the world around them, for life and for learning, and realize their unique potential. This session is recommended for professionals working in the area of social and emotional learning and child development, and related public policies. Register here
CASEL Webinar "Strengthening the Parent-Teacher Partnership"
September 7 from 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. EDT
Partnering with students’ parents and caregivers is as important as knowing your students. Join us to explore the challenges and rewards of establishing strong partnerships with students’ families. Learn about the importance of helping parents feel welcome and included in the school community. Hear strategies for establishing and nurturing positive relationships and for strengthening those connections through parent involvement in the classroom. Discover the unique opportunities a culturally plural classroom presents for developing empathy and understanding among all stakeholders. Register here
CASEL Water Cooler
"Our Favorite Tools for Starting the School Year"
"Beginnings matter. As teachers know, students walk through the doors after summer break with their own unique stressors, hopes, and expectations. This is the ideal time to roll out the community-building strategies and routines you will integrate throughout the year to help ensure students feel engaged and supported. Creating joyful classroom environments, where curiosity and collaboration are the norm, requires centering students’ social, emotional, and academic needs." CASEL has pulled together some resources for bringing SEL into the first days and weeks of the school year. Read more
Article: "The First 5 Days: The Key to Success"
Make the start of the new school year go smoothly by preparing for students’ questions and anxieties before the first day of class. Read more

Article: "Using Restorative Justice to Transform School Culture"
When restorative justice is implemented on a schoolwide level, it has the potential to transform relationships between teachers and students. Read more

Article: "How Assistant Principals Can Influence School Climate"
Assistant principals are in a good position to build relationships with students, observe group dynamics, and prevent conflict before it starts. Read more

Article: "Balancing Friendliness With Firmness"
By setting clear expectations for behavior early on, teachers can have fun with their students without losing control of their classrooms. Read more
Why do the majority of parents, caregivers support social and emotional learning for their children? CASEL partnered with families nationwide to answer that question. Hear real parents share the real impact of SEL on their families here.

Leading with SEL is a coalition of education organizations and associations in support of social and emotional learning (SEL), facilitated by CASEL.
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!
Need Assistance with your School Climate Survey?
The School Climate Assessment Lab (Lab), which is part of the School Culture and Climate Initiative, offers a variety of reliable and useful tools along with data analysis and reporting, and assistance with interpreting the data for action planning. If you are seeking a school climate survey to use in the coming year, the Lab can assist you with administration of the School Culture and Climate Assessment Survey for students and staff (online or paper; English or Spanish); data analysis and a customized data report; and an in-person data review to discuss findings, strengths and opportunities for growth. For those schools seeking additional support in addressing those opportunities for growth, consider participating in the School Climate Assessment and Improvement Process (SCAIP), a three-year individualized school improvement process. SCAIP includes all of the Lab services mentioned but also offers additional guidance and support from a school climate expert. To learn more about the Lab or SCAIP, contact Patricia Heindel, Ph.D., Co-Director of the School Culture and Climate Initiative.  
The School Culture and Climate Initiative (SCCI) is based at the Center for Human and Social Development at Saint Elizabeth University.
School Culture and Climate Initiative