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SEL Day – March 11, 2022

Date: March 11, 2022
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.


Past Events

Morris County SSN Meeting – March 18, 2020

Date: May 20, 2020
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
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
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
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
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

SSN February 6 Meeting in Bergen County

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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

Bergen County SSN Meeting – February 6, 2020

Date: February 6, 2020
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

Somerset County SSN Meeting – Feb. 5, 2020

Date: February 5, 2020
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

Warren County SSN Meeting – February 4, 2020

Date: February 4, 2020
Location: Warren Hills Regional School District 89 Bowerstown Rd Washington, NJ

Description

Each School Support Network Meeting in Warren 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

Morris County School SSN Meeting- Jan. 15, 2020

Date: January 15, 2020
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 Need for Coping Skills in an Age of Anxiety”

Students are living in a faced paced and competitive world, more so now than ever before. Everyday life circumstances and pressure can be overwhelming for some students. Students struggle with their ability to cope and handle their anxiety in a positive way. Paul DePinto will provides tips and tools that school counselors and teachers can share with their students that will help build coping skills among students and reduce anxiety relating to school pressure (grades, extra-curricular activities, peer stress and sports.)

Presenter:
Paul DePinto, Licensed Professional Counselor, Strength for Change, LLC