This Month in SEL [November 2020]

A curation of the top SEL headlines, research & insights from November.

This month in SEL: new research explores lessons learned from schools and out-of-school time programs implementing SEL, the impact of the pandemic on student learning and SEL, five tips to help districts bride the equity divide, and more!

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Early Lessons from Schools and Out-of-School Time Programs Implementing SEL

In one of the most comprehensive studies of social-emotional learning implementation to date, a new report from the Wallace Foundation includes findings from the early work of six communities that have gone about integrating SEL programs and practices into schools and OST.

Key findings from the report include:

  • A community-wide definition of SEL, shared terminology and guidance on what skills and practices to focus on were helpful to site leaders carrying out the work.

  • A mutual commitment to SEL and making time for in-person meetings were important means of getting school-OST partnerships under way.

  • The communities taking part in the effort viewed adult SEL skills, such as establishing and maintaining healthy relationships, as a foundation for students’ SEL skill building.

  • SEL rituals and routines, such as warmly greeting students and closing with an opportunity to reflect on the day’s activities, were a good starting point for promoting a positive culture.

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The Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Student Learning and Social-Emotional Development

In this research brief, we explore emerging research on the COVID-19 pandemic’s impact on K-12 student and share recommendations for accelerating learning recovery while prioritizing young people’s social-emotional development.

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CASEL Provides Curated Resources for Advancing SEL to Create Supportive Learning Environments

This curated list of resources is designed to assist educators in reflecting on their social and emotional competencies in order to cultivate a learning environment that supports all members of their school community.

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5 Tips for Bridging the Equity Divide in School Districts

A superintendent offers insight on tackling not only academic performance gaps, but also equity challenges such as racial disparities and long-term outcomes for students of color.

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This Month in SEL [October 2020]

A curation of the top SEL headlines, research & insights from October.

This month in SEL: CASEL releases an updated definition of social and emotional learning, Transforming Education publishes a new set of reflection tools for school leaders and educators, the Resilience Lab at the University of Washington authors a new guidebook... and more!

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CASEL Releases an Update to the Definition of Social and Emotional Learning

Twenty-six years ago, the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) first introduced the term "social and emotional learning (SEL)" to the education world. The SEL field has evolved tremendously since then.

This year, CASEL has released a 2020 update to the definition of SEL along with new iterations of the "CASEL 5" core competencies and "CASEL Wheel" visual framework. These updates reinforce CASEL's commitment to "an expanded vision and growing research base for social and emotional learning" that emphasizes SEL’s ability to advance educational equity and excellence.

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Transforming Education Publishes School Leader & Educator Self-Reflection Tools

To support school leaders and educators through the process of introspectively reviewing their own practice when it comes to social-emotional learning, the team at Transforming Education published a new set of tools to enable individual and collaborative reflection.

The tools (which includes reflection statements, guiding questions, recommendations, and concrete sample indicators) are designed to facilitate the practice of SEL integration

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A New Resource to Support the Whole Student from the Resilience Lab at UW

The Resilience Lab was founded in 2015 to promote a culture of well-being at the University of Washington through education, research partnerships and our core programs and initiatives.

Earlier this month, the Resilience Lab introduced a new resource: the Well-Being for Life & Learning Guidebook.

Combining research, best practices, and personal testimony, the guidebook gives faculty and other instructors concrete ideas and direct input from the UW campus community around supporting the whole student and promoting resilience and compassion.

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This Month in SEL [September 2020]

A curation of the top SEL headlines, research & insights from September.

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This month in SEL: Carol Dweck shares her thoughts on nurturing students' growth mindsets through protest and pandemic, tips for creating an environment in which stresssed children can learn, Transforming Eduation releases SEL Integration Approach Companion Guides, Move This World launches two new podcasts... and more!

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Carol Dweck on Nurturing Students' Growth Mindsets Amidst a Pandemic

A growth mindset—the belief that intelligence can be developed, which in turn boosts academic achievement—has revolutionized teaching for many educators.

With the pandemic warping the school year and ongoing protests over issues of racial justice and police violence, how can this idea be applied to the challenges schools and students are facing today?

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Tips for Creating Environments in Which Stressed Students Can Learn

In this blog post, the team at The Brookline Center for Community Mental Health’s BRYT program weighs in on how schools and educators can support mental health during this challenging back-to-school period. Their proposed "educator mantra" to guide practice includes:

  •  Practice self and collective care;

  • Foster connection;

  • Ensure predictability;

  • Model moderation, and;

  • Enable predictability/agency

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Transforming Education Releases New SEL Integration Approach Companion Guides

In August, Transforming Education revised its SEL Integration Approach to incorporate five components critical to integrated social, emotional, and academic learning.

This past month, the organization published a new set of "companion guide" tools to help educators to prioritize and integrate SEL into all aspects of the school day. Designed to accompany the Quick Reference Guide, the Companion Guides go into more detail on each of the five components of SEL Integration to support educators in answering the question, “Now and in future years, how can we take an intentional approach, aligned with best practices in pedagogy, to helping students develop their social-emotional skills and mindsets?”

Each two-page (plus references) Companion Guide focuses on one component of SEL Integration.

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Move This World Launches Two Podcasts

As part of the creation of a brand new audio network, SEL curriculum provider Move This World announced the release of two new podcasts: The Emotion Motion Podcast and The Saracast: Conversations in Social Emotional Learning.

The Emotion Motion takes children on an adventure as they explore their emotions through storytelling, while The Saracast (hosted by Move This World founder & CEO Sara LaHayne) invites educators, educational leaders, and parents to build capacity for social emotional learning while encouraging moments of practice throughout each episode.

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This Month in SEL [August 2020]

A curation of the top SEL headlines, research & insights from August.

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This month in SEL: Second Step releases a new online resource for Adult SEL, CASEL publishes a new report on advancing SEL as a lever for equity, Transforming Education revises their SEL integration approach, The Aspen Institute offers a new set of tools for education leaders to improve school climate... and more!

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Second Step Releases a New Online Resource for Adult SEL

With Second Step SEL for Adults set to be released in 2021, this new prototype learning resource -- titled: Resilience During Crisis -- is designed to help teachers and school leaders strengthen their own resilience in the face of extreme stress as well as recognize the signs of students in need of support. Topics addressed includes:

  • What resilience is, and how to nurture it daily;

  • How to support and empower colleagues under stress, and;

  • Strategies and activities to support students after a crisis.

For educators looking for more self-care resources, this free toolkit from Panorama Education includes a set of free strategies and guided mindfulness activities from leading providers.

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Emerging Insights on Advancing SEL as a Lever for Equity and Excellence

This new report from CASEL calls on researchers, practitioners, and policymakers to work hand-in-hand to further our collective understanding of how systemic SEL can contribute to more just, caring schools and communities where all individuals can thrive.

The five emerging insights featured in the report include:

  • Explicitly position and communicate about SEL as a lever for equity

  • Prioritize adult learning and critical reflection about their own social, emotional, and cultural competencies

  • Elevate students’ cultural assets, voice, and agency

  • Partner authentically with families and communities to develop culturally responsive approaches to SEL

  • Establish SEL data strategies that help to share power, dismantle inequities and build more equitable learning environments

The report also provides examples of current district practices that serve as examples of equity and SEL strategies with varying degrees of integration, implementation, and impact.

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Transforming Education Revises SEL Integration Approach

Transforming Education’s revised SEL Integration Approach outlines five components critical to integrated social, emotional, and academic learning and helps educators answer the question: “How can we take an intentional approach, aligned with best practices in pedagogy, to helping students develop their social-emotional skills and mindsets?”

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How Principals Can Use School Climate Data to Lead Improvement

As school leaders reopen schools this fall—in person and virtually—this new guide from The Aspen Institute (titled: Coming Back to Climate: How Principals Can Use School Climate Data To Lead Improvement) identifies themes among accessible, actionable strategies for school leaders to start the year with a welcoming, responsive, achievement-oriented atmosphere. Key takeaways include:

  • Climate data can be used to advance equity. Principals can invite students to co-construct the climate of the school.

  • Climate data can be used for school planning and school improvement. By prioritizing data that indicate a sense of care, connection, and support, principals foster the essential conditions for learning.

  • The principal is the lynchpin for all of this, taking district strategies from “scale” to context, creating an inclusive community, setting the priorities that staff and students experience.

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4 Best Practices for SEL Directors During Back-to-School Season

As we welcome students and adults back to school for the 2020-21 year, district leaders are facing a layered impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, racial inequities, and learning loss from the sudden shift to distance learning this past spring.

To aid in the potentially difficult transition for students and educators, it will be critical to center the first weeks of school on rebuilding relationships, fostering a sense of belonging, and cultivating safe and consistent rituals.

This blog post from Panorama Education summarizes recommendations from district leaders about how to utilize SEL screeners to assess student and adult well-being, how to support students' social-emotional learning with universal Tier 1 supports, and how to implement CASEL's critical practices from the Reopening Roadmap for school reopening.

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This Month in SEL [July 2020]

A curation of the top SEL headlines, research & insights from July.

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This month in SEL: CASEL releases a roadmap for reopening school, Transforming Education publishes a new toolkit for educators on SEL, Panorama Education launches new surveys for back-to-school… and more!

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CASEL Releases the SEL Roadmap for Reopening School

In collaboration with 40+ partners, CASEL‘s newest resource is designed to support education leaders in the complex transition back to school this fall. The guide — titled: Reunite, Renew, and Thrive: Social and Emotional Learning Roadmap for Reopening School) — highlights four “SEL Critical Practices,” each with 3-5 supporting activities. Within each activity, readers are asked to consider essential Questions, actions to prepare implement SEL in reopening, and tools to support theses actions.

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New Toolkit: SEL for Educators

It is clear that the upcoming school year will unlike any in history. Educators will be tasked with creating positive learning environments where students feel safe, supported and successful, while also addressing their own social-emotional needs. Whether school is in-person, remote, or a hybrid of both, educators are at the core of students’ social-emotional development.

TransformEd’s new SEL for Educators Toolkit is intended to be an accessible and actionable synthesis of the research on the social-emotional learning (SEL) of adults in school settings. By highlighting five high-leverage practices and corresponding strategies, this toolkit translates research to actions that will foster greater awareness, skill development, and embodiment of the competencies we aim to foster in students.

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$172 Million Proposed for SEL Funding

The House Appropriations Committee recently released proposed funding for FY21 that includes $172 million for social-emotional learning. The proposed bill increases tunfding for SEL innovation grants, the Supporting Effective Educator Development (SEED) program, the School Safety National Activities program, and funding for Full-Service Community Schools.

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Back-to-School Surveys for Students, Families and Educators

As the leading provider of K-12 surveys, Panorama Education recently launched a net set of Back-to-School surveys to help school districts understand student, family, and staff member experiences and feedback during the critical first few weeks of school.

The organization also partners with several leading SEL curriculum providers — such as Second Step, 7 Mindsets, Move This World, CharacterStrong, CREATE, Better Kids, and Open Circle — to give educators access to adaptable lesson plans and activities that are conducive to in-person and virtual learning environment.

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SEL Planning for Reentry from Move This World

This new toolkit from Move This World offers guidance for planning social-emotional learning initiatives for the various potential learning environments that districts are exploring for a safe re-entry to the school year.

The resource includes considerations for SEL in three different learning environments and tips to help you plan for (and facilitate) SEL in those settings.

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