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    3.5 Collaborate with families & partners

      Recognizing the Role of Afterschool and Summer Programs in Reopening and Rebuilding (AIR) This document includes recommendations on ways to include afterschool and summer programming to support students’ transition back to school.   Collaboration Tools for Building SEL Across the School Day and Out-of-School Time (CASEL Guide to Schoolwide SEL) This tool includes guidelines and activities for building strong collaborative relationships between schools and community partners to align SEL practices and learn from one another.   Building Positive Conditions for Learning at Home: Strategies and Resources for Families and Caregivers (AIR) Tools in English and Spanish for parents for fostering emotional health and well-being within their home.   Making Families Feel Welcome (Siegel, Esqueda, Berkowitz, Sullivan, Astor, & Benbenishty […]

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    3.4 Discuss the impact of the pandemic & racial inequity

      Strategies for Teaching Fearless SEL for Societal Change (Simmons (2019), via Greater Good Science Center) This SEL integration tool shows how CASEL’s five SEL competencies can create the conditions for youth agency and engagement and social change and can be a key part of classroom-based learning.   COVID-19: How Can We Make Choices that Promote the Common Good? (Facing History and Ourselves) This youth conversation lesson encourages students to share their views, values, and voices to strengthen the community.   Speaking Up Against Racism Around the Coronavirus (Teaching Tolerance) Written for teachers to address stereotypes, xenophobia, and racism in connection with COVID-19, this article contains links to Teaching Tolerance guides for responding to hate or bias incidents and resources […]

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    3.3 Implement a comprehensive system of supports

    Guidance for Trauma Screening in Schools (National Center for Mental Health and Juvenile Justice) This guide outlines the role of schools with regards to trauma screening, including key considerations and cautions, different screener options, intervention options, and connections to a whole-school approach.   Why We Need Trauma-Sensitive Schools (Trauma and Learning Policy Initiative) This video stresses the importance of trauma-sensitive learning environments to support students.   Trauma-Informed School Strategies During COVID-19 (The National Child Traumatic Stress Network) This fact sheet offers information on the physical and emotional well-being of staff, creating a trauma-informed learning environment, identifying and assessing traumatic stress, addressing and treating traumatic stress, partnerships with students and families, cultural responsiveness, emergency management and crisis response, and school discipline […]

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    3.2 Weave in opportunities for SEL practice and reflection

      COVID-19 E-Learning Free Resources (SEL Providers Council) This searchable library links to SEL provider webpages where they offer free resources and curriculum to support SEL virtually and at home.   Strategies for Trauma-Informed Distance Learning (WestEd) This brief offers general strategies and specific examples for how to recognize and respond to students’ social and emotional needs as well as build in trauma-informed practices that will support all students.   Tennessee Toolkit for Teachers and Administrators to Incorporate Social and Personal Competencies into Instruction (Tennessee DOE) This toolkit is designed to increase administrator and teacher awareness of the instructional practices that promote SEL.   This Time, With Feeling: Integrating Social and Emotional Development and College and Career Readiness Standards (Aspen […]

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    3.1 Build adult-student and peer relationships

      Building Developmental Relationships During the COVID-19 Crisis (Search Institute) This checklist outlines relationship-building strategies during the COVID-19 crisis.   5-Minute Chats With Individual Students (CASEL) This sample agenda and questions for one-on-one check-ins with students can build connections and help respond to needs.   Responsive Circles for COVID-19 (International Institute for Restorative Practices) These circle prompts use familiar restorative questions that are tailored to the current moment.   Getting to Know You Survey (Panorama Education) This quick, online survey helps teachers and students learn about each other and build stronger classroom relationships.   A COVID-19 Check-in Student Survey (Harvard Graduate School of Education) This survey can be shared with students to build connection and understanding.   Creating Opportunities Through […]

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    2.4 Provide embedded professional learning

      Professional Learning Plan for SEL (CASEL Guide to Schoolwide SEL) This webpage includes a tool to organize a customized professional learning plan for school staff that is clearly tied to the schoolwide goals for SEL, can be assessed for effectiveness throughout the year, draws upon available resources, and includes intentional follow-up to ensure that new practices are sustained.   Building Trauma-Sensitive Schools (National Center on Safe Supportive Learning Environments) This online module and handouts provide examples of ways to incorporate trauma sensitivity into the classroom.   Stress and the Brain (Turnaround for Children) This professional learning packet explains how stress impacts the developing brain and related tools (made to accompany this edition of The 180 Podcast).   Addressing Race […]

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    2.2 Ensure access to mental health and trauma support

      Compassion Resilience Toolkit for Schools (Rogers in Health) This toolkit addresses teacher compassion fatigue and how to build resilience.   The Educator Context and Stress Spectrum (Center on Great Teachers and Leaders at AIR) This tool supports educators in gaining a greater awareness of how their current personal and professional context affects their levels of stress in the time of COVID-19.   Self-Care Strategies for Educators During the Coronavirus Crisis (WestEd) This brief offers practical guidance for educators who face the stresses of the pandemic, school building closures, online service provision, and quarantine conditions.   Support for Teachers Affected by Trauma (STAT) This online curriculum supports teachers dealing with secondary traumatic stress.   Psychological First Aid (National Child Traumatic […]

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    1.1 Foster new relationships that elevate student & family voice

      Relationship Mapping (Harvard Graduate School of Education) This strategy helps ensure that each student has a relationship with at least one caring adult in school. This can also be done virtually.   Strategies for Equitable Family Engagement (State Support Network) This overview is organized around five categories of equitable family engagement strategies, offering summaries of research and examples of school practices.   Tools for Educators to Listen and Learn from Families During COVID-19 School Closures (Culturally Responsive Education Hub) This tool includes sample emails, call scripts, and post-conversation reflection and action in both English and Spanish.   Responsive Circles for COVID-19 (International Institute for Restorative Practices) This practice uses familiar restorative questions tailored to the current moment to build […]

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    Press Release Archive

    2020 CASEL Releases New Report on Preparing Youth for the Workforce of Tomorrow (6/29/20) Board of Directors Releases Statement on Racial Equity and Justice (6/11/2020) CEO Karen Niemi Releases Statement on Systemic Racism (6/3/2020) CASEL Releases Initial Guidance on Reopening and Renewing School Communities In Response to COVID-19 (5/18/20) CEO Karen Niemi Releases Statement on COVID-19 and CASEL CARES Initiative (3/25/2020) CASEL, AASA Collaborate to Support District Leadership with Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) (2/10/2020) 2019 National Survey Finds School Principals Are Making Progress in Implementing Social and Emotional Learning (10/15/2019) 2018 CASEL Announces Inaugural Conference on Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning for Oct. 2-4, 2019 (9/7/2018)

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    SEL as a Lever for Equity

    CASEL continues to be committed to advancing equity and excellence in education through social and emotional learning (SEL). Through ongoing efforts with practitioners, policymakers, and researchers, CASEL has been deepening what we know about SEL and equity. Information about our initiatives and access to our resources to advance SEL as a lever for equity are below.