Character Education

Learn How to Obtain a Certificate in SEL Leadership through the SEL Academy

Presenters:  Patricia Heindel and William Trusheim, Academy for SEL in Schools Source: SEL4NJ SEL Week School Showcase Webinar Series, March 7. 2024 Description: The SEL Academy for Leadership, housed at Saint Elizabeth University in Morristown NJ is an online certificate program designed to prepare school leaders to coordinate SEL implementation efforts at the building and/or district […]

Creating Schools of Character and Social Emotional Competence

Presenters:  William Trusheim, Laurie Coletti, and Mary Reinhold, NJASECD Source:  SEL4NJ SEL Week School Showcase Webinar Series, March 5, 2024 Description: The presenters will share ideas and best practices that can benefit a school through an intentional school improvement process to create schools of character and social-emotional competence.  The presenters will discuss the intersection of […]

Social and Emotional Learning on the Walls

Summary: This article recounts some experiences from school visitations where social-emotional learning is clearly valued by staff, students, and community. These schools have been intentional in their approach and this is evident when walking around the school and seeing displays which promote SEL skills and character strengths. Source: Maurice Elias, Edutopia, January 3, 2024 Description: “I [Elias]was reminded […]

Build Classroom Community and Climate Through SEL-Based Conversations

Dr. Kellie McClain, a school psychologist, presented a workshop entitled “Build Classroom Community and Climate Through SEL-Based Conversations.”  In this workshop, she introduced the practice of Morning Classroom Conversations (MCC) which engages students in a multi-layered, metacognitive approach that improves executive functioning through character development and classroom community-building.  This process is also shared in a […]

Supporting Schools: Social, Emotional, Character Development and Positive School Climate

This is a slide deck from a presentation by SEL4NJ, NJASECD, and SCCI at the New Jersey Teachers’ Convention in Atlantic City, NJ.  The topics include how to support schools who are looking to improve school culture and climate while building individual social emotional skills and character strengths in both students and adults.  The presenters […]

Alarm on children’s mental health has been ringing for decades. Too few have listened.

Summary: In this Op-Ed from USA Today, Maurice Elias makes the case for the need for systemic change in regards to children’s mental health. He says, “The most immediate public health action we can take is to ensure schools are committed to and supported in building all students’ social, emotional, character and civic competencies.” He adds […]