Funding for School Climate Actions
New Sustainable Jersey for Schools Funding Opportunity!  

The New Jersey Education Association (NJEA), a Sustainable Jersey for Schools program Underwriter, is contributing $180,000 to support a Sustainable Jersey for Schools Grants Program cycle. The cycle offers ten $10,000 district or school project grants and forty $2,000 school green team grants. The funding supports efforts to implement projects that help participating schools make progress toward a sustainable future and gain points needed for Sustainable Jersey for Schools certification. To see if you are eligible for this grant, click here.  
Application Deadline EXTENDED: Friday, December 4, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. ET
Grants Available Through SHAPE America Impact Schools Program
SHAPE America is dedicated to giving back to communities in high-need areas across the country so all children can learn to lead healthy, physically active lives. The SHAPE America Impact Schools grant program will provide much-needed funds — and professional development opportunities — to five eligible schools, to improve existing health and physical education programs. View all submission guidelines and then get started on your application!

Application Deadline: Thursday, November 19, 2020, 11:59 p.m. ET
Resources, Webinars and PD
Mindful Mondays presented by Pure Edge, Inc.
Mondays in November from 1:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. ET
This Mindful Monday series, geared towards mental health providers (MHPs), will offer experiential mindfulness-based sessions designed to support the well-being of school-based MHPs as they continue to provide essential services to our community each day. Register here
Handle with Care Virtual Symposium:
Creating Connections to Support New Jersey’s Youth
November 17 - 9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. ET
Attorney General Directive 2020-09, known as the “Handle With Care Directive,” is designed to promote partnerships between law enforcement and schools to help provide a safe and supportive academic environment for children recently exposed to traumatic events known as “adverse childhood experiences” (ACEs). Learn about best practices for Handle with Care implementation and interaction; develop skills to mitigate cumulative stress and trauma; and examine the connection between traumatic stress and brain development. View the flyer for more information and to register.
CASEL Cares Webinar "Key Priorities for Evidence-Based SEL Practices"
November 17 - 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. ET
As interest in social and emotional learning (SEL) grows, so does the commitment from educators nationwide to advancing high-quality implementation. To encourage practices in schools, communities, districts, and states, CASEL presents the Mary Utne O’Brien Award for Excellence in Expanding the Evidence-based Practice of SEL to practitioners that are leading SEL efforts to enhance the social and emotional wellness of young people. Join us to learn from the 2020 award recipients who are providing the vision and strategies for SEL: Dr. Sheldon Berman, Superintendent of the Andover Public Schools and Byron Sanders, President and CEO of Big Thought. Register here
CASEL Cares Webinar "Innovations in SEL Research"
November 18 - 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. ET
Advancing the science for social and emotional learning (SEL) through action research is critical to growing awareness and adoption of high-quality SEL. To encourage knowledge building and a commitment to evidence, CASEL presents the Joseph E. Zins Awards for SEL action research to investigators and scholars at distinct phases in their careers. Join us to learn from the 2020 award recipients who are conducting innovative and impactful SEL research: Laura Hamilton, General Manager of Research Centers at ETS, and Clark McKown, founder and President of xSEL Labs. Register here
Students Taking Action Together (STAT)
Q&A Webinar
November 18 - 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. ET
This is a free webinar for middle school and high school teachers and school support staff, especially social studies/history/civics instructors, on a set of instructional strategies that will teach your students SEL in their academic subject areas. Click here to for more information and Zoom login details.

The above webinar titled "El Aprendizaje Social y Emocional: Una Presentación en Español" will be available in Spanish on November 20th from 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. ET. Register here
Resources in social and emotional development encourage children to develop positive peer and adult interactions and to manage self-expression and inner feelings. Check out some of the resources PBS has to offer.
Edutopia has helpful articles and videos with topics ranging from "How a School Puts Culturally Responsive Teaching Into Practice" to "7 Ways to Infuse Your Curriculum With Hope".
The Academy for SEL in Schools, a partnership between Rutgers University and Saint Elizabeth University, offers certificate programs for educators and educational leaders in social-emotional and character development.
SEL4NJ is a state-wide coalition that promotes high-quality SEL throughout the state. Sign up now to join this effort and to stay informed about national and state SEL news!

"Youth Mental Health First Aid"
The Northeast and Caribbean Mental Health Technology Transfer Center (MHTTC) can provide Youth Mental Health First Aid to your school or organization at no cost. "Youth Mental Health First Aid" is designed to teach parents, family members, caregivers, teachers, school staff, peers, neighbors, health and human services workers, and other caring citizens how to help an adolescent (age 12-18) who is experiencing a mental health or addictions challenge or is in crisis. Youth Mental Health First Aid is primarily designed for adults who regularly interact with young people. The course introduces common mental health challenges for youth, reviews typical adolescent development, and teaches a 5-step action plan for how to help young people in both crisis and non-crisis situations. Topics covered include anxiety, depression, substance use, disorders in which psychosis may occur, disruptive behavior disorders (including AD/HD), and eating disorders." 

If you are interested in receiving training, please email us.
The School Culture and Climate Initiative (SCCI) is based at the Center for Human and Social Development at Saint Elizabeth University.