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December 2020
Why Did We Update Our SEL Program Criteria? Continuous Improvement
To support educators in choosing and selecting an SEL program, the CASEL Program Guide serves as a Consumer Reports-style review that evaluates well-designed, evidence-based SEL programs. In anticipation of a 2021 edition of the Program Guide, CASEL published revised criteria and quick facts that reflect the significant progress the field has made in academic integration, equity, adult SEL, and partnerships with family and community programming, and CASEL’s updated definitions of SEL.
Integrating SEL Into Your Full Range of Activities
How can a youth-serving organization integrate SEL into everything it does? A new report from the Search Institute offers a two-part answer:
  1. Build developmental relationships with all youth, and
  2. Ensure all youth experience and embrace diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Civic Education and SEL: How Do They Connect?
A startling finding: Only one in five U.S. social studies teachers feel "very well-prepared" to support students' civic learning. But those teachers also identify a promising practice as “SEL and improving school climate—broad strategies that teachers might not think of as directly relevant to civic education.” Read more in this study from the RAND Corporation.

For more: Explore the place of equity in civic education in this white paper by iCivics & Generation Citizen.
You Answered, We Listened – Guidance on Adult SEL
In the November newsletter, we asked what adult SEL support would be most beneficial to you. Top answers: Guidance on cultural competence and examining biases and Strategies for self-management and self-care. For support in these areas:
December Spotlight: Increasing Student Engagement
During physical distancing, social and emotional connection with students is especially critical. Explore these resources to encourage student engagement in your community:

  • Incorporating SEL approaches, playing games, and giving students options can inspire them to show their faces.

  • Improve how we are engaging with students beyond Zoom attendance and build strong relationships with them in a way that motivates them to thrive and progress.

Video on Schoolwide SEL: Youth Voice and Engagementfrom ThinkTV PBS
  • An essential part of engaging students is to create a climate of trust and elevate their voices.

CASEL also recommends elevating student voice to support SEL and keep students interested, engaged, and participating.
Worth Checking Out This Month
Webinars Featuring the Recipients of the 2020 CASEL Awards
  • Innovations in SEL Research, Laura Hamilton, Ph.D., and Clark McKown, Ph.D. | Watch
  • Evidence-Based SEL Practices, Dr. Sheldon Berman and Byron Sanders | Watch

CASEL Is Updating the Most Widely Recognized Definition of Social-Emotional Learning. Here’s Why. The 74 | Read

This piece from CASEL CEO Karen Niemi explains four priorities for continuous improvement.

Building Parent-Teacher Relationships Is Hard. Remote Learning Makes It Harder. Chalkbeat | Read

While time is limited, this educator has found that phone calls still make a difference.

How Grief Training Is Helping Educators Manage Pandemic-Related Trauma in Schools, NBC News | Read

"The training made me realize that I shouldn't dismiss anything for the sake of fulfilling a lesson plan," one teacher said.

The Necessary Social-Emotional Skills for Successful Entrepreneurs, Forbes | Read

SEL equips entrepreneurs to achieve goals for their businesses, their communities, and themselves.

Lessons in Adolescence Podcast featuring Dr. Robert Jagers | Listen

CASEL’s Vice President for Research discusses how young people receive SEL in different ways, why SEL for adults is just as important, and why CASEL formulated school guidance founded on relationships.

Bridging Differences Playbook, Greater Good Science | Download

Research-based strategies to help bring people together for positive dialogue and understanding.
What’s Missing From the Nation’s Report Card, PDK International | Read

This article calls for greater attention to children’s social and emotional development, supported by SEL. See which states have taken action so far.

Mark Your Calendar
Enroll Now: Free Course on "Managing Emotions in Times of Uncertainty & Stress." Register

This free, online course for school staff is offered by Marc Brackett and the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence.

December 18, 1:00pm ET: CASEL CARES webinar. Register

Understanding and Preventing Youth Bullying & Peer Victimization During the Pandemic.
By December 31: SEL Exchange Virtual Summit On Demand. Purchase access

Access on-demand videos and resources on Catalyzing our Commitment to Youth.
By January 5: CASEL's Schoolwide SEL Workshop Series. Register

The four-part virtual workshop will be held on Jan. 12, Jan. 19, Jan. 26, Feb. 2.
January 22, 2021: Deadline for Together We’re Better, Together We’re Future Ready Film Festival Learn more

Submissions that highlight a school or district, an innovative educator, or student voice.

January 22, 1:00pm ET: CASEL CARES webinar. Register

Teacher Reflections: Discoveries about Teaching & Learning That Will Last Beyond the Pandemic.

February 10-11, 2021: National School Counseling Leadership Conference. Register

Addressing a critical gap in professional development for administrators who oversee school counseling programs at the school, district, county, and state levels.
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