Social Emotional Learning (SEL)
SEL Essentials and Quick Tips :
DAILY-Use the 3 SEL Signature Practices (See your SEL coaches' weekly slide deck for ideas/prompts) :
Welcoming/Inclusion Activity- Start each day with a quick check-in or connection activity. This builds community and sends the message: "You are welcome and you belong in this community. We see you."
Engaging Strategies- Embed opportunities throughout the day for students to interact, communicate, collaborate in pairs or small groups to allow for processing of learning and deepening of relationships. Engaging strategies also include regular brain breaks, such as mindfulness practices. Read more about why brain breaks are important for students' learning success. This sends the message: "We will learn and leverage our resilience to thrive together. "
Optimistic Closures- End each day with a quick reflection, sharing, or forward-thinking action steps. This sends the message: "We care that today was meaningful for you and we look forward to seeing you tomorrow. "
WEEKLY-Explicitly teach SEL skills through your school program (LIM, Harmony, Second Step, School Connect, RippleEffects) and/or SEL monthly-themed mini-lessons.
See the SEL Playbook below for these ideas and lots more!
Short video overview of the Playbook.
The updated SCUSD SEL Playbook contains:
Adult SEL resources & Self-Care strategies
SEL and Healing-Centered Practices (aka Trauma Informed Practices)
Restorative Approaches to Supporting Students
SEL Resources to Partner with Families and Caretakers
Links to Additional Student Support Services
MORE SEL RESOURCES AT OUR GOOGLE SITE (Click on the image)
RESOURCES FOR SEL, EQUITY, and ANTI-RACISM
Social Emotional Learning starts with Adults who are explicitly nurturing the skills that are necessary for equitable access to academics and creating the positive climate/culture conditions that affirm and cultivate Identity, Agency, and Belonging for all students. As we "store up" with relationship and community building, we must also "restore to" with trauma sensitive and restorative approaches to support ALL to stay engaged. Recent reports like the Capitol of Suspension 2.0 report remind us that we must stay vigilant to the needs of our most vulnerable students in order to actualize Equity, Access, and Social Justice for ALL students.
"When you're working in concert with others, your ultimate goal is everyone moving toward their highest expression of self. Belief systems get articulated through the practice of growing community."
- Doria Robinson
A Path Toward Transformative SEL: Braiding SEL, Equity, & Anti-Racism
The full promise of SEL lies in its grounding to our sociopolitical context. Our students, families, and colleagues need us to be the best versions of ourselves, whether in distance learning, hybrid learning, or in-person learning. Remote learning magnified the inequities in technology, access, food, engagement, and relationships that exist in our community. The COVID-19 pandemic has left many of us anxious, frustrated, isolated, scared, and grieving, AND many communities of color disproportionately impacted. The racial reckoning over the past year and the recent surge in Anti-Asian hate crimes and violence are stark reminders that we still have so much more work to do when it comes to dismantling systemic racism and hate. Given our current context, we invite you visit and explore our Anti-Racist Classroom below. There you will find opportunities to: LEARN, CONNECT, REFLECT, and access tools to nurture COMMUNITY, BELONGING, & HEALING. We encourage you to hold a learner stance, embrace cultural humility, and practice self-compassion in your journey into anti-racism. Read March's Transformative SEL newsletter on the importance of Mirror and Window work. We're in this together. Hope is an act of activism.
(CLICK on the image below to go to the Anti-Racist Classroom).