April 2020
Next Steps for CASEL CARES
The CASEL CARES initiative was developed in response to heightened social and emotional needs during the circumstances of COVID-19. Our  resource list   has been revised to focus on key areas that are emerging such as SEL distance learning and supporting virtual teams. Thanks to support from The Allstate Foundation, our weekly  Friday webinars  continue to be offered for free and connect thousands of you with experts for helpful strategies and guidance. This week’s webinar with the National Equity Project (NEP) is titled Leading for Equity in Challenging Times: Our Role as Leaders to Catalyze Change for Our Collective Well-being . Register here .
Tool: Distance Learning and Family Wellness Resources
Washoe County School District has developed a resource page focusing on distance learning and family wellness, which includes a daily assignments calendar for all grade bands in every division. Here are examples you can adapt for elementary school , middle school , and high school .
Important Update on the 2020 SEL Exchange
The impact of COVID-19 on in-person convenings has provided an opportunity for innovation and creativity. With your health and safety in mind,  CASEL has decided to offer a virtual experience on October 15, 2020 in lieu of an in-person conference this fall .  Our current plans are to return to an in-person conference in October 2021. Thank you for your patience as we roll up our sleeves and get to work planning for this first-of-its kind event. Additional information on the virtual summit will be coming soon on our website and social media .  
New Reports on States’ SEL Efforts 
CASEL’s Collaborating States Initiative (CSI) recently released two complementary reports. The  CSI Theory of Action   report   lays out a blueprint for systemic SEL at the state level, including supporting activities, that can guide state efforts. The Emerging Insights Report highlights how specific states are advancing the theory of action through bold and strategic efforts to lay the important groundwork for systemic, equity-focused, evidence-based SEL.
Two New Federal Grant Opportunities That Support SEL
  • Due June 12, the Supporting Effective Educator Development (SEED) grant is a funding opportunity to increase the number of highly effective educators by supporting the implementation of Evidence-Based practices that prepare, develop, or enhance the skills of educators. Note that competitive priority #2 includes SEL-related efforts.
  • Due June 15, the Education Innovation and Research (EIR – Mid Phase) is available to provide funding to create, develop, implement, replicate, or take to scale entrepreneurial, evidence-based, field-initiated innovations to improve student achievement and attainment for high-need students. By applying to one or both grants, eligible entities can help ensure the promotion of high-quality, evidence-based SEL implementation throughout the country.
SEL in Action Award Deadline Extended 
CASEL is now accepting nominations until May 1, 2020 for recipients of the Mary Utne O’Brien awards on public policy and education practices and the Joseph E. Zins awards on research. Find more on the awards and nomination process here .
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Worth Reading This Month

A Response to Constructive Criticism of Social and Emotional Learning Phi Delta Kappan . | More

The Success of Social-Emotional Learning Hinges on Teachers. Education Week . | More

COVID-19 Is Exposing the Gaps in Our Education System. Let's Start Fixing Them. Education Week . | More

A New Realm: IFSEL’s Tips For Distance Learning. IFSEL. | More

Making the Most of “Going Virtual” in Response to COVID-19. Education First . | More

Building Developmental Relationships During the COVID-19 Crisis. Search Institute . | More

Teachers Are Anxious and Overwhelmed. They Need SEL Now More Than Ever. EdSurge . | More

Mark Your Calendar
April 21 : Worldwide Day of Gratitude. Join to honor first responders and healthcare workers on the front lines of COVID-19. Learn more

April 24 : New CASEL CARES Webinar. Presentation on Leading for Equity in Challenging Times. Register

April 23-26 : Coalition of Schools Educating Mindfully. Join their FREE online learning event. RSVP

May 1 : New CASEL CARES Webinar. Conversation with Chicago High Schoolers on Student Leadership. Register

Deadline June 2 : Teacher School Leader (TSL) grant program. Apply Today
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.