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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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The Graduate Profile: Imagine the Possibilities on #SELDay

Date: March 26, 2021

Time: 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm ET

Location: Online

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As we prepare for graduation season at the end of this challenging school year, consider what it means for students to be ready for the future. What should we have prepared students to know and be able to do so they achieve their goals and become caring, civically-engaged members of their communities? To answer these questions, many school districts and state departments of education develop a “Graduate Profile” to document their community’s shared vision of the social, emotional, and academic skills that all students will learn.

On International #SELDay, co-hosts Urban Assembly and SEL4US are teaming up with CASEL to discuss how Graduate Profiles can cultivate meaningful school experiences and how social and emotional learning can strengthen our vision of future-ready graduates. Celebrate #SELDay by hearing from leaders about why and how they adopted a Graduate Profile and join us in imagining what’s possible when all young people are socially, emotionally, and academically prepared for their futures.

Congressional Briefing: SEL Policy to Foster Connection after Trauma

Date: March 26, 2021

Time: 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm ET

Location: Online

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How can federal policy support state efforts to foster positive youth skill development and overall mental health? The pre-K to Grade 12 education system has been tested in unprecedented ways over the past year, and educators, leaders, students, and their families have stepped up to the challenge in unique and innovative ways. One key lesson is the importance of centering social and emotional development and well-being to help students and adults navigate virtual and in-person learning, especially while working through trauma. In this briefing, students, members of Congress, and experts in child development will discuss the importance of social emotional learning (SEL) concepts and how they can be advanced through federal policy. 

This briefing is being co-hosted by America Forward, Committee for Children, Harmony SEL at National University, Learning Policy Institute, and Urban Assembly.

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.