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The book addresses two key barriers to school improvement that are currently impacting educators and school leaders. The first is the churn of constant change in the form of multiple initiatives and compliance overload experienced by today’s educators. It is not uncommon to hear a teacher say, “I can’t focus on the kids; there are just too many things to do. I’m overwhelmed.” Has change itself become a distraction? Has it forced educators to move not toward but away from their primary focus – student learning? The second barrier is a dependency on outdated assumptions, or roadblock thinking, that cause schools to act in ways contrary to sound educational practice.

This book challenges educators to embrace forward thinking. Instead of depending on the next newest innovation or program or falling back to “the way we have always done it,” the CAR provides a framework that allows educators and school leaders to equitably and coherently address student learning by engaging in the deep conversations that are vital to effective practice. The book offers a universal blueprint that coherently and strategically connects curriculum standards, student learning, professional learning, and school culture to achieve meaningful and sustainable change that directly impacts student outcomes.
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. Specific climate actions that are fundable include:
  • Inclusive Environments Where All Can Thrive
  • School Culture and Climate Needs Assessment
  • Social-Emotional Integrated Unit

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

Deadline Extended for 2k Applications: Friday, December 9, 2022
The SEL4NJ School Provider and Quality Implementation (SPQI) Work Group Needs Your Help!
SEL4NJ and the Newark Trust for Education have launched the School Provider and Quality Implementation (SPQI) Work Group. The work group seeks to expand understanding of SEL implementation needs, challenges, and opportunities related to school-provider partnerships in New Jersey in order to inform stakeholders across the state. 

The purpose of the survey is to collect data to inform the development of a customized framework for effective school-provider relationships that support high-quality SEL implementation based on existing research and new data collected from NJ stakeholders between June and December 2022. It takes only 10-15 minutes to complete.

If you would like to find out more information about the work group, please read the brief. If you’d like to become a work group member, become a collaborating organization, or volunteer to take our survey, please sign up here
Professional Development, Webinars, and Resources
CASEL Webinar "Advancing Social and Emotional Learning Research, Practice, and Policy: A New Journal for the Field"
November 29, 2022 from 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. ET

Meet the Editor-in-Chief, Dr. Kimberly A. Schonert-Reichl, and Associate Editor, Dr. Vicki Zakrzewski, of the recently launched journal, Social and Emotional Learning: Research, Practice, and Policy. This new editorially independent, open-access journal, sponsored by CASEL, is the primary international destination for research on the science, practice, and policy in the field of social and emotional Learning (SEL).

The vision for this new journal is novel as it is deliberately designed to attract and engage SEL research, practice, and policy thought leaders in ways that enhance the development and use of research on SEL impact and implementation; improve the ways practice is shaped and supported as well as provide empirical evidence and perspectives that inform policy discussions.

Social and Emotional Learning: Research, Practice, and Policy features:
1. Original empirical articles from researchers, evaluators, and practitioners regarding practice, policy, SEL implementation, and rigorous outcome research
2. Articles that address critical perspectives about SEL as a field of research, practice, and policy
3. Articles, commentaries, and summaries of recent developments in SEL practice and policy.
3 Ways to Make Gratitude a Habit in Your Classroom
When teachers are intentional about building a culture of appreciation and acknowledgment, the whole classroom community benefits. Read more and watch the video.

What’s the Role of Teachers in Supporting Student Mental Health?
As student mental health issues reach crisis proportions, schools and teachers are playing a larger role than ever providing support. Is it too big an ask? Read more
"Emotions Come and Go in Waves. We Can Teach Our Students How to Surf Them."
Two education researchers lay out the pros and cons of eight different emotion regulation strategies. Read more
U.S. News and World Report "Service Learning in K-12 Schools"
When done well, these projects connect classroom learning with community problem-solving. “Students participating in service learning are also practicing social-emotional learning, building empathy and developing workplace skills such as critical thinking, creativity, collaboration and communication.” Read more
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!
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