School Culture and Climate

School Climate and SEL Measurement Using the Free NJ SCI Survey and Platform

Presenters: Alicia Raia-Hawrylak and Patrica Wright Source:  SEL4NJ SEL Week School Showcase Webinar Series, March 7, 2024 Description: This presentation will focus on the role of school leaders, and particularly school safety/school climate teams, in using data to improve school climate, assess SEL needs and strengths, and inform SEL delivery and implementation. Learn how the innovative, no-cost […]

What Does Social Emotional Learning Look Like in Elementary Schools?

Presenters: Grace Rivetti and Andrea Sadow, School Counselors Source:  SEL4NJ SEL Week School Showcase Webinar Series, March 7, 2024 Description: Elementary School Counselors wear many hats. Our role in the social emotional learning of students takes place both inside and outside of the classroom. This session will include descriptions of the counseling programs in two school […]

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 […]

School Wide Behavioral Expectations: Clear, Consistent, and Impactful

Presenter: Erica Brentan, School Culture and Climate Initiative Consultant Source:  SEL4NJ SEL Week School Showcase Webinar Series, March 5, 2024 Description:  Even the most well-intentioned schools can have too many behavioral goals for students. With Character Education programs, district goals, SEL competencies, classroom, and school rules all in place, these efforts can sometimes work against […]

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 […]

Using SEL to Meet the Current Needs of Students and Staff

Summary: This article offers six suggestions as to how social-emotional skills can be used to benefit both teachers and their students in these challenging times for education. These suggestions go beyond implementing a program or a curriculum to how SEL skills when embedded in instruction can boost teacher morale and job satisfaction while supporting students’ growth […]

Adding SEL to Your School Without Adding to Teachers’ Workload

Summary: This article talks about the importance of infusing social-emotional skills into classroom instruction without adding additional responsibilities for teachers. Dr. Elias shares six strategies for adding SEL IN and and not ON without having teachers learn a whole new curriculum. Source: Maurice Elias, Edutopia, June 22, 2023 Description: “Fostering social and emotional development is about more than […]

The Antidote to Bullying

Summary: This article speaks to the importance of SEL skills in dealing with bullying and cyberbullying in schools. In schools where SEL skills are integrated into the curriculum, bullying and cyberbullying is less prevalent. The article also shares a role-playing activity and video that lets students practice decision-making in relation to bullying incidents. Source: Douglas Fisher and […]

“Uplifting Hearts, Connecting Minds” – SEL Day 2023

Summary: This is an article published in the NJEA Review providing information about the international event called “SEL Day” which will take place on March 10 2023. The article contains some historical background about SEL Day and some examples of activities that schools can use to celebrate the importance of the five SEL competencies as a […]