A current focus of SEL4NJ is to better understand the landscape of SEL within the state. We believe that by identifying strengths and opportunities in key areas we will lay a strong foundation for a focused approach to making real lasting change as we move forward.
We are beginning with six key areas and have identified three over-arching questions we hope to answer over the next couple of months.
Work Groups are currently being formed for each key area – if you are interested in participating please reach out to Alicia or Liz at firstname.lastname@example.org. As we progress, we fully expect to expand the list of key areas – please reach out if you have a particular interest in an area not listed below.
The first six key areas are:
Career and Future Readiness
Mental and Physical Health
School Implementation and Supports
SEL4NJ work group topics were identified by the leadership team and refined through input from our members. As a next step, the SEL4NJ leadership team will appoint leaders and participants to each work group to conduct a collaborative landscape analysis resulting in a brief report. The landscape assessment will inform strategic decision-making and operational priorities of the group. To ensure some consistency between the different work groups, each team is tasked with answering the following three broad questions:
- What is the relevance and relationship of each work group and SEL broadly defined?
- What are the current gaps / challenges facing each work group in relation to SEL broadly defined to ensure schools and students are best prepared for success?
- What are the opportunities for each work group to start to address these gaps?