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Get Ready for International SEL Day on March 8!

SEL Day for 2024 is scheduled for March 8, 2024. This year’s theme is “Today’s Students, Tomorrow’s Leaders.” SEL Day is a global, grassroots campaign for social-emotional learning to support children’s academic recovery, mental health, and well-being. Since its inception in 2020, #SELday has reached over 40 million views. 

In 2023, over 4,000 SEL champions representing all 50 U.S. states and 87 countries made 11,000 commitments to showcase promote, advocate, and support SEL. Advocacy efforts have resulted in SEL Day proclamations in fifteen states, a letter of support from the White House, and a bipartisan resolution for SEL Week introduced in the Senate. New Jersey has been a leader in every aspect of SEL Day.  We want to continue that excellence in 2024 and with your participation, we can reach ALL of our New Jersey school children!

For additional information, access to SEL Day Tool Kits, and to sign up to participate in this international event, please join SEL4NJ .  When you join SEL4NJ, you will automatically receive a weekly newsletter about SEL Day and access to other SEL Day and SEL-related information you will find useful in your classrooms and schools.  And, you will get access to what other educators are doing around the United States and around the world.  No more reinventing the wheel!!!

We encourage you to share whatever you are doing related to SEL and character development (SECD)—and in particular, sharing artifacts like lesson plans, pictures of activities, examples of student products, etc., at info@SEL4NJ.org.  You also can share what you are doing via social media.  Send in and share as much as you can, as often as you can.  You might earn badges and become a NJ, national, or international champion of SECD!  We plan to showcase selected artifacts and best practices on our website so that others can benefit as well.

To see what other schools have done to celebrate SEL Day in past years, please see these articles in prior NJEA Reviews:

[https://www.njea.org/bringing-sel-into-your-schools/

https://www.njea.org/uplifting-hearts-connecting-minds/

We will hold a meeting to help teachers and schools plan their involvement in SEL Day on February 22 from 1:30-2:30 pm:  Click here to register for the meeting!

Finally, when you sign up for SEL Day, you will receive information about SECD-related workshops that will be put on by SEL4NJ for the four days leading up to SEL Day, and information about the all-day SEL Day Summit being put on by SEL4US and all of its national partners.  Don’t miss it!! (But if you do miss it and you are signed up, you can get access to the recordings…)

Please reach out to info@SEL4NJ.org if you have any questions at all about SEL Day

SEL4NJ - SEL Week Webinar Showcase Series - March 4-7, 2024

Join SEL4NJ for a series of practical webinars for all school educators and mental health professionals sharing SEL strategies that work in classrooms and schools. These webinars are offered free of charge and recordings will be available after SEL Week for those who have registered.
Click Here to access the Webinar Flyer!
Click Here for the Webinar Session Descriptions and Registration Links!

SEL Day Newsletters...

SEL Helps Valued Outcomes to Happen: A Series of Examples

The Social-Emotional Learning Alliance for New Jersey is dedicated to ensuring everyone in New Jersey clearly understands the purpose and benefits of Social-Emotional Learning (SEL).
SEL is the process through which children and adults acquire and effectively apply the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary to understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions. It also refers to the culture and climate of the school and the way schools promote positive character traits.  Contemplating a school without SEL is like having air without oxygen – it’s just not possible!
SEL works best when everyone, including staff, parents and caregivers, and students alike are involved in how SEL is designed, delivered, and integrated across all aspects of school life.
In this spirit, SEL4NJ has developed a series of information sheets that illustrate how SEL is embedded in the life of a school and how SEL is integral to the education process, enhancing and enabling the pursuit of overall excellence.  You can access these sheets by clicking on the topics outlined below…

SEL Supports Student Mental Health and Success in School and in Life

Social Emotional Learning - A Most Important Subject!

SEL4NJ Equity Statement

SEL4NJ’s goal of encouraging emphasis on social and emotional learning and skills requires attention to equity. Equity means that that all those subject to violence, other mistreatment or exclusion from opportunity are strongly protected and supported. Recent events have highlighted the ongoing effects of systemic racism and other forms of hate. While our core mission is to help create schools that are safe, supportive and caring, this mission requires addressing such injustice. Only by helping address injustice and inequities everywhere can schools be truly welcoming to all students and communities.

SEL4NJ Equity Statement

SEL Broadly Defined

Social and emotional learning (SEL) is the process through which children and adults acquire and effectively apply the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary to understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions.

 

Increasingly SEL has become a coordinating framework for how educators, families, and communities partner to promote students’ social, emotional, and academic learning.

 

When we refer to SEL, we are including systematic efforts to promote any or all of the following areas: social and emotional development, character development, 21st century skills, workforce readiness, employability skills, multi-tiered systems of support (MTSS), positive behavioral interventions and supports (PBIS), mindfulness, grit, growth mindset, whole child development, moral development, positive youth development, restorative justice, behavioral skills, positive climate and culture, and caring schools and communities.

National Findings on 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.

Economic Value of SEL

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

Aspen Report on SEL

The Aspen Institute has issued a report on the importance SEL in educating children for a lifetime of success.