This Month in SEL [March, 2019]

This month in SEL: the Aspen Institute releases a new “School Action Guide” for principals, MDR publishes a new report about the growth of SEL programs in schools, the Committee for Children launches its out-of-school time SEL program, and more!

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New SEAD School Action Guide

On March 27, the Aspen Institute and partners released a new guide, titled: Integrating Social, Emotional, and Academic Development: An Action Guide for School Leadership Teams. Building on the final report from the National Commission, this publication translates the Commission’s recommendations into actions and advice for principals and their teams — empowering them and challenging them to improve the school experience for every student.

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The Aspen Institute Project Play: Calls for Coaches

The Aspen Institute Sports & Society Program and National Commission on Social, Emotional, and Academic Development jointly released a series of guidelines, whitepapers and checklists to “help youth sports coaches develop personal growth in their players.”

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New Report Focuses on Widespread Growth of SEL Programs

In early March, MDR released a new report, The State of the K-12 Market 2018: Social and Emotional Learning in Schools, that examines educators’ preparedness to implement SEL curriculum in school as well as the challenges they face in addressing students’ social and emotional development.

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CFC Launches Highly Anticipated Out-of-School Time SEL Program

The Committee for Children (CFC) announced that it is creating a new social-emotional learning for after-school care, summer camps, and other learning environments outside of the classroom. This new program is supported by a grant from the Wallace Foundation and will be an adaptation of CFC’s renowned Second Step program.

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How Social and Emotional Learning Can Improve Teacher Education

CASEL and the Committee for Children partnered to publish a two-page report that details how (and why) teacher training programs are not preparing educators to develop, model, and teach social-emotional skills and practices. The report also outlines solutions to improve SEL preparation and minimize training gaps.

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Nearly $4MM Investment Will Expand Student-Centered Learning

The Coalition for Community Schools, Communities In Schools and StriveTogether announced four communities across the United States will receive a combined $3.75 million in funding to implement student-centered learning programs. Community groups include Thrive Chicago, Learn to Earn Dayton, Lehigh Valley Reads, and Communitites in Schools of Memphis.

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