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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.

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Social-Emotional Brains in Schools

Start date: November 7, 2020

End date: November 8, 2020

Location: Online

Learning & Brain conference 2020-11

REBUILDING SEL SKILLS IN THE AGE OF COVID-19

As schools return, educators will be facing a host of psychological issues in students, from social disconnection to anxiety.

Neuroscience and psychology researchers have found that stress, trauma, and social isolation can inhibit the brain’s ability to learn, but by supporting social and emotional development and building safe relationships, educators can raise resilience and self-regulation, improve behavior and belonging, and help students learn.

This live virtual conference will show how all learning is social and emotional for the brain and provides practical strategies to raise resilience, restore trust and relationships, and rebuild self-regulation and social emotional learning. Discover ways to manage misbehavior; to recreate calm, attached classrooms; to reduce stress; and to heal from trauma so that all students in our racially diverse schools can learn and thrive — whether in classrooms, online, or in hybrid environments.

Safe Schools Conference 2020

Start date: November 8, 2020

End date: November 10, 2020

Location: Online

Safe Schools Conference 2020

This conference is a unique opportunity to deepen your knowledge about school safety, bullying prevention, emergency and crisis response, and other relevant topics related to the latest research and trends in school safety, youth violence prevention, evidence-based program models, promising practices, and more.

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.