Building statewide awareness for SEL and its impact
JOIN US
Advocating for state and local policies and funding to support SEL
JOIN US
Connecting local SEL stakeholders to share best practices
JOIN US
Previous
Next

Commit to Antiracism as Essential to SEL

At this pivotal moment in time, many are urgently seeking ways to respond to the chilling police murder of George Floyd, and now of Rayshard Brooks. His murder is within a long list of murders, both recent—Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, DJ Henry—and over years, decades, centuries. Police and other white people have treated the bodies and minds of Black and Brown people as disposable.

As the Board of Directors of SEL4MA, we acknowledge that we have been complicit in the culture of racism by not making a shared commitment to self-reflection and meaningful action.

The Social-Emotional Learning Alliance for Massachusetts commits to hold antiracism as essential to the core of effective SEL in all of our work moving forward.

COVID-19 SEL Supports

As local, state, national, and international leaders work to curb the spread of the COVID-19 virus, many communities across the country are experiencing a heightened level of fear, anxiety, and worry during these uncertain times. Parents, educators, youth development professionals, childcare providers, and others are looking for ways to help young people reduce, manage, and cope with the fears, worries and anxieties that might be provoked by this health crisis and continue to develop the social and emotional skills they will need for managing and coping with future life challenges. We’ve compiled a list of resources to support these efforts. Check back periodically, as we will be updating the list.

Join Us at our Next Event!

Workshop: SEL Deconstructed & Decolonized

Date: May 13, 2021

Time: 3:00–5:00 PM

Location: Online

Acknowledging the intrinsic link between SEL and antiracism, this interactive virtual workshop will engage educators in dialogue about how they can maintain, grow and strategize around deconstructing whiteness, being mindful that colonizing efforts to dismantle diversity and equity are always “at play.” Presenters and participants will interrogate both the prospect of developing a decolonized mindset as part of their SEL antiracist toolkit as well as the resistance that can arise as a result of these efforts.

Kamilah Drummond-Forrester is a speaker, consultant and workshop presenter on topics of educational equity, anti-racism, self-care and social and emotional learning. She has written about these topics in the Women Change Worlds blog and has articles in esteemed educational publications such as EdSurge, The 74million, and the Hechinger Report. Most recently, Kamilah was the Director of the Open Circle social and emotional learning program for children in elementary schools. She is a board member of the state social and emotional learning advocacy organization, SEL4MA and a steering committee member of the national SEL Providers Council. In all of her roles, Kamilah’s passion for social justice and the social and emotional wellbeing of children fuels her commitment to advocating for and educating others about the inextricable connections between social and emotional learning (SEL), social justice and anti-racism. Kamilah is also a trained leader with the National SEED Project where she has led cohorts of colleagues, educators and parents through year-long community building experiences that leverage the power of story-telling, self-reflection and truth-telling to bridge build and empower.

Catherine Wong is a highly recognized diversity, equity and inclusion practitioner scholar, whose career spans K-12 through higher education. She consults with organizations to develop and implement strategic action plans that are co-constructed with all stakeholders. At the core of Catherine’s approach is strengthening the intrinsic link between SEL and antiracism, working toward a decolonized mindset and engaging in collective leadership practices. Currently, Catherine is working part time as the Director of Equity Implementation for Leadership Brainery, a Massachusetts non profit organization committed to preparing diverse and first generation college students for postgraduate education and high wage careers. Most recently, she was the Director of Urban Outreach Initiatives, Boston College. Catherine also serves on the Massachusetts Consortium for Social-Emotional Learning in Teacher Education (SEL-TEd) Steering Committee; Boston Public Schools Equity Roundtable; Board of Advisors for E3, Education, Excellence and Equity; and, as an Expert Panelist for the Global Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Benchmarks (GDEIB).

2021 National Social and Emotional Learning Conference

Start date: May 17, 2021

End date: May 19, 2021

Location: Virtual

cpsel_logo

SEL & Equity Creating Community

Join us for three days of high quality events presented by some of the top SEL thought-leaders in the nation, a keynote presentation with Dena Simmons, Ed.D., from the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence, immersive skill-building workshops, exciting plenary sessions, special offerings from our sponsors and of course, networking with colleagues. This year’s conference includes an option for a digital Access Pass to see some recordings of sessions you missed!

All education professionals welcome. Perfect for district and school thought-leaders preparing to implement new SEL approaches and programs in the upcoming school year.

Also see our list of National SEL Events

Legislative Win!

In August 2018, new legislation established a permanent Promote Prevent Commission with a seat for SEL4MA’s Executive Director and a Behavioral Health Promotion, Prevention and Early Intervention (BeHaPPE) Trust Fund.

PSA Videos

We’ve developed several public service announcement videos to promote awareness of social and emotional learning skills. Share these brief 30-second videos in your community. For example, run them on your local community access television network. Contact us for more information.

See all the videos

SEL Impact

Educators
Value SEL

Teachers are calling for schools to prioritize integrating SEL learning practices and strategies.

Principals
Value SEL

Principals say SEL is essential, but want more guidance, training and support to teach these skills effectively.

SEL Investments Yield Returns

On average, for every $1 invested in SEL programming, there is a return of $11.