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NJASECD Hosts Online Webinar

Date: June 2, 2022
Time: 4:00 am - 5:30 am
Location: Online
2022 Save the Date for Webinar Rev

NJASECD has planned an online webinar in place of this year’s annual conference. The event is called “Reducing Stress, Dealing with Differences, and Building Community: Character is the Answer!” This webinar will feature a conversation between two icons in SECD in New Jersey – Phil Brown and Maurice Elias. This conversation will be moderated by Nathan Fisher, Superintendent of Schools in Roselle, NJ. This opening session will be followed by breakouts covering six different topics relevant to the webinar’s theme. Participants will be able to attend two out of the six offerings. Materials for each of the breakouts will be available following the webinar through a “Bitmoji Room.” This event is free.

SEL Day – March 11, 2022

Date: March 11, 2022
Time: 12:00 am - 12:00 am
Location: Online
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Join us in celebrating the 3rd annual International SEL Day on March 11, 2022!

Sign up today with the following link SEL Day Sign-up to showcase, promote, advocate for and support SEL (broadly defined) in your school and community. All you need to do is create an artifact and send it out on social media with the hashtag (#SELday) on March 11th.  The goal is to have #SELday trending worldwide!


If you create an artifact (which many NJ schools did last year for SEL Day!) it would be wonderful if you could send a copy of your artifact(video, photos, blogs, podcasts, etc..) with the theme of your artifact included in the subject line to SEL4NJ. Ideally one or two words…for example Kindness, Connection, Staff Morale, Student Voice, Respect. We of course will be sure to tweet and share the artifact on SEL Day.

The SELday website toolkit page has all sorts of helpful information and material including logos / hashtags / press releases etc..

We are so excited to showcase and highlight the amazing SEL (broadly defined) work taking place in schools throughout New Jersey!

In this time of “social distancing” to prevent the spread of coronavirus, parents, teachers, school leaders and students can promote SEL Day through social media postings, online contests and activities, and articles and pictures of past events in traditional and online media.

         For further information on SEL and SEL4NJ, go to http://www.sel4nj.org.


Morris County SSN Meeting – March 18, 2020

Date: May 20, 2020
Time: 12:00 am - 12:00 am
Location: College of Saint Elizabeth, Annunciation Center, Flex Rooms 2 Convent Road Morristown, NJ 07960

Description

Each School Support Network Meeting in Morris County will begin with coffee and networking, table talks and then a professional development session. This month’s topic is described below.

Professional Development Topic:
The Importance of Adult Social-Emotional Skills: The Foundation for a Thriving School Community

This workshop will focus on the important ways that school leaders, teachers, and staff social-emotional skills support students’ own social-emotional skills development and create a positive school climate. The discussion will include a consideration of how adults are role models for student behavior, provide examples of how teacher’s social-emotional strengths can help to create positive classroom climates and positive relationships, and how understanding staff and teacher social-emotional skills is critical for setting students up for success in academic and social-emotional domains. In addition, time will be spent exploring the positive impact strong social-emotional skills can have on the health and wellness of adults in the school community.

Presenter:

Patricia C. Heindel, Ph.D.
Dean, Professional Studies
Director, Center for Human and Social Development & the Center’s School Culture and Climate Assessment Lab
Co-Director, School Culture and Climate Initiative
Co-Director, Academy for Social-Emotional Learning in Schools

Bergen County SSN Meeting – April 23, 2020

Date: April 23, 2020
Time: 12:00 am - 12:00 am
Location: Bergen County Community College 400 Paramus Road Paramus, NJ

Description

Each School Support Network Meeting in Bergen County will begin with coffee and networking, table talks and then a professional development session. This month’s session is described below.

Professional Development Topic:

The Importance of Adult Social-Emotional Skills: The Foundation for a Thriving School Community

This workshop will focus on the important ways that school leaders, teachers, and staff social-emotional skills support students’ own social-emotional skills development and create a positive school climate. The discussion will include a consideration of how adults are role models for student behavior, provide examples of how teacher’s social-emotional strengths can help to create positive classroom climates and positive relationships, and how understanding staff and teacher social-emotional skills is critical for setting students up for success in academic and social-emotional domains. In addition, time will be spent exploring the positive impact strong social-emotional skills can have on the health and wellness of adults in the school community.

Presenter:

Patricia C. Heindel, Ph.D.
Dean, Professional Studies
Director, Center for Human and Social Development & the Center’s School Culture and Climate Assessment Lab
Co-Director, School Culture and Climate Initiative
Co-Director, Academy for Social-Emotional Learning in Schools

SEL Day – March 27, 2020

Date: March 27, 2020
Time: 12:00 am - 12:00 am
Location: Online
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New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy has proclaimed Friday, March 27, as SEL Day in New Jersey, marking the first statewide celebration of social emotional learning (SEL).  Though the coronavirus epidemic means that the day cannot be celebrated as planned with mass gatherings, school assemblies or library displays, it is still important to recognize the vital role that SEL plays in our schools and communities.

In this time of “social distancing” to prevent the spread of coronavirus, parents, teachers, school leaders and students can promote SEL Day through social media postings, online contests and activities, and articles and pictures of past events in traditional and online media.

         For further information on SEL and SEL4NJ, go to http://www.sel4nj.org.


Sussex County SSN Meeting – March 2, 2020

Date: March 2, 2020
Time: 12:00 am - 12:00 am
Location: Lafayette Federated Church 180 NJ-15 Lafayette Township, NJ 07848

Description

Each School Support Network Meeting in Sussex County will begin with coffee/light refreshments and networking, table talks and then a professional development session. This month’s topic is described below.

Professional Development Topic:

Leading a School of Social-Emotional Competence and Character: Everyone’s Job

The presentation will focus on the leadership functions required for successfully becoming a school that builds students’ social-emotional skills and character. Particular emphasis will be placed on the role of teams/task forces/committees and how sustained leadership does not only come from the formal leaders, but from all members AND from the students.

Presenter:

Maurice J. Elias, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychology, Rutgers University
Director, Rutgers Social-Emotional and Character Development Lab
Co-Director, Academy for Social-Emotional Learning in Schools

Morris County SSN Meeting – February 12, 2020

Date: February 12, 2020
Time: 12:00 am - 12:00 am
Location: College of Saint Elizabeth, Annunciation Center, Flex Rooms 2 Convent Road Morristown, NJ 07960

Description

Each School Support Network Meeting in Morris County will begin with coffee and networking, table talks and then a professional development session. This month’s topic is described below.

Professional Development Topic:

Secure Attachment and the Impact of Trauma In Schools: Challenges, Solutions and How We Get There

Research show that one out every four children has been exposed to a traumatic event that can affect their learning, behavior, and relationships at school. This presentation will explore the cycle of secure attachment, impacts of trauma, and the importance of leadership and educators in creating the understanding and infrastructure that can support children of trauma, and all children, to be successful in life and school.

Presenters:

Teresa LaSala, Positive Discipline Author and Lead Trainer, School Culture and Climate Specialist and Kathleen McClay Positive Discipline Trainer and School Culture and Climate Specialist

Bergen County SSN Meeting – February 6, 2020

Date: February 6, 2020
Time: 12:00 am - 12:00 am
Location: Bergen County Community College 400 Paramus Road Paramus, NJ

Description

Each School Support Network Meeting in Bergen County will begin with coffee and networking, table talks and then a professional development session. This month’s session is described below.

Professional Development Topic:
Leading a School of Social-Emotional Competence and Character: Everyone’s Job

The presentation will focus on the leadership functions required for successfully becoming a school that builds students’ social-emotional skills and character. Particular emphasis will be placed on the role of teams/task forces/committees and how sustained leadership does not only come from the formal leaders, but from all members AND from the students.

Presenter:

Maurice J. Elias, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychology, Rutgers University
Director, Rutgers Social-Emotional and Character Development Lab
Co-Director, Academy for Social-Emotional Learning in Schools

SSN February 6 Meeting in Bergen County

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Time: 12:00 am - 12:00 am
Location: TBA

Description

Each School Support Network Meeting in Bergen County will begin with coffee and networking, table talks and then a professional development session. This month’s session is described below.

Professional Development Topic:
Leading a School of Social-Emotional Competence and Character: Everyone’s Job

The presentation will focus on the leadership functions required for successfully becoming a school that builds students’ social-emotional skills and character. Particular emphasis will be placed on the role of teams/task forces/committees and how sustained leadership does not only come from the formal leaders, but from all members AND from the students.

Presenter:

Maurice J. Elias, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychology, Rutgers University
Director, Rutgers Social-Emotional and Character Development Lab
Co-Director, Academy for Social-Emotional Learning in Schools

Somerset County SSN Meeting – Feb. 5, 2020

Date: February 5, 2020
Time: 12:00 am - 12:00 am
Location: Hillsborough Library 379 S Branch Road Hillsborough Township, NJ 08844

Description

Each School Support Network Meeting in Somerset County will begin with coffee and networking, table talks and then a professional development session. This month’s topic is described below.

Professional Development Topic:

Secure Attachment and the Impact of Trauma In Schools: Challenges, Solutions and How We Get There

Research show that one out every four children has been exposed to a traumatic event that can affect their learning, behavior, and relationships at school. This presentation will explore the cycle of secure attachment, impacts of trauma, and the importance of leadership and educators in creating the understanding and infrastructure that can support children of trauma, and all children, to be successful in life and school.

Presenters:

Teresa LaSala, Positive Discipline Author and Lead Trainer, School Culture and Climate Specialist and Kathleen McClay Positive Discipline Trainer and School Culture and Climate Specialist