Spotlight on Suicide Prevention Ongoing Resiliency Training (SPORT):

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. We invite you to take an active role in caring about mental health and wellbeing for yourself and those around you:

Feel good about yourself and what you do. Be strong. Join the conversation about building capacity for Suicide Prevention/Internvention/Postvention strategies through our SPORT Project. Contact

Celebrate the Power of Voices, Hope, and Joy!

"Children are the world's most valuable resource and its best hope for the future."- John F. Kennedy

Let these children's smiles and voices inspire you to reflect and take some time for yourself to experience the "Love Train" and JOY!

CDOL invites you to experience some joy, breathe in beauty, and grow the good...

Where do you find beauty? What do you need to create some calm? How can you savor the day? What makes you smile?

Click on links in blue for some creative sparks of JOY!

Explore the Art of Color, listen to a message of hope, enjoy the sweet sounds of the "cookie flute", and sip some sunshine!

Supports and Resources for Your Learning Communities

Storytelling, poetry, song...the power of words, voice, and emotions can make people feel seen, heard, and supported. Whether writing, listening, or sharing poetry, it's a beautiful outlet for the soul and one of the most impactful things we can do for our students is give them a space to create and express. Using poetry as inspiration, read how teachers can use students' input and artistic expression to generate class norms to support a positive, respectful learning environment. For more inspiration check out Irene Latham and Charles Waters' Dictionary for A Better World: Poems, Quotes, and Anecdotes from A-Z . With poems that address topics such as Compassion, Diversity, , Compassion, and Equality, this book is sure to inspire and teach. (This book is available on Epic!)

How to Create Classroom Agreements Using Poetry

Classroom Support

What types of huge emotions do we experience? How can we create awareness and check-ins to regulate emotions? In Disney Pixar's Turning Red , the red panda symbolizes huge emotions for main character, Meilin, and when she works to calm those emotions, she feels relaxed. This movie sheds light on the adolescent brain and the feelings that come with being a teen. Read more on the power of achieving emotional regulation and ask your self... what is your red panda?

Huge Emotions and the Adolescent Brain

Strategies for Administrators

6 Simple, Low Cost Ways to Promote

Student Self-Care

Students can have a great deal on their plate and sometimes it's difficult to ask for help or even know that you need help. For many tweens and teens, prioritizing mental health and wellness is often the last thing on their minds. 

Adolescents face social, emotional, and hormonal changes, often with little or no guidance,” writes high school math teacher Ty’ara Jones. As they begin to transition into adulthood, they’re often “unsure of what they’re experiencing both mentally and physically. Sometimes they’re afraid and confused. Some don’t know how to ‘properly’ express themselves, so they bottle their emotions, only to become overwhelmed. This is where student self care comes in and understanding that social and emotional learning is not something to be added to the plate, it is the plate.


Engaging Families

Our families and communities of support can play a role in helping us understand who we are and how we fit into the world around us. We share stories, challenges, highlights, and our history. We celebrate successes and navigate uncertainty and this strengthens our identity, self-confidence, and boosts our wellbeing.

Learn more about how to connect with your family and create some lasting memories.

My Family and Me


Supporting SELf Care

Share some photos, look for the good around you, find joy in a song...take some time for yourself during the homestretch. Make it a Meaningful May and a Joyful June!

Take what you need from these daily actions that will help you fill your month with some mindful practices. Share with colleagues...make it your in the lounge to create an environment to support wellness and SEL. 

Action for Happiness May Calendar

Action for Happiness June Calendar

2023 LACOE Call for Student Artwork

The Los Angeles County Office of Education Superintendent, Dr. Deborah Duardo, has issued a CALL FOR STUDENT ARTWORK. Artwork from public school students will be displayed in the LACOE Ed Center and Ed Center West buildings as part of their permanent collection. See the information sheet for Interactive Flier Share the flier with teachers and students. If you have any questions, please reach out to Jeannine Flores at or (562) 401-5499. Deadline is Friday, May 26, 2023. 

Deadline: Friday, May 26, 2023

Interactive Flier

Information Sheet

Link to Submission Page


For more information, please contact: Center for Distance and Online Learning,

Los Angeles County Office of Education

9300 Imperial Hwy, Downey, CA 90242| (562) 922-6536

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