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 and school sustainability 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.

Visit the NJEA Grants Cycle page on the Sustainable Jersey for Schools website to learn more about the cycle and explore application resources. Submit an online application.

Application Deadline: Friday, October 29, 2021, 11:59 p.m. ET
SCAIP Professional Learning Community
2021-2022 School Climate Assessment and Improvement Process (SCAIP) Virtual PLCs
These PLCs are a networking opportunity designed for SCAIP schools that are just beginning; are currently in years 2, 3 or extended 4; or have completed the 3-year School Climate Assessment and Improvement Process. During the SCAIP PLCs, educators have the chance to share, learn and inspire each other.

Individual representatives or the entire Culture and Climate team are welcome to attend! Watch your email for a formal invitations to each PLC and share with your colleagues!

Save the Dates
November 16 from 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Register Now
February 8 from 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
May 10 from 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Resources, Webinars, and PD
Article: "Parents Like Social-Emotional Learning, But Not the Name"
Parents are strongly in favor of schools teaching the skills promoted in social-emotional learning. Things like setting goals, controlling emotions, and being informed citizens. However, if you ask parents what they think of “social-emotional learning,” they may react negatively. Some people in conservative education circles believe that it’s imparting a more liberal set of ideals and that its benefits are oversold. Read more
Article: "Teaching Children How to Understand and Manage their Emotions is Essential"
By Maurice J. Elias
"As schools began this month, students and staff face many challenges, including divisive issues, stress, and other powerful emotions. What will it be like to be back in school? How will the various safety issues be addressed? How do we get back on track? A number of schools plan on using social-emotional learning to help them navigate these challenges and make the most of the opportunities the new year offers." Read more
Article: "The Case Against Zeros in Grading"
Teachers can rethink their grading practices to make them more mathematically fair for students and allow for redemption for a missed assignment. Read more

Article: "3 Ways Administrators Can Show They Care About Teachers as People"
It’s easy for school leaders to get caught up in roles and responsibilities—but it’s important to remember that teachers are more than their job titles. Read more

Article: "The Importance of Student Choice Across All Grade Levels"
When students get to make decisions about their learning, it can be powerfully motivating. Read more

Article: "Sensory Strategies That Help Students Refocus on Learning"
Elementary students face a constant stream of distracting sensory stimuli throughout the day, but these simple, quick exercises can help them stay on track. Read more
"Finishing Class Strong With Optimistic Closures"
The best closing activities use social and emotional practices to reinforce the day’s lessons, so students leave feeling confident—and competent—on their learning journey. Watch video

Article: "How SEL Can Help Make Schools Feel More Inclusive"
By Maurice J. Elias
Integrating social and emotional learning and culturally responsive teaching can help build a school culture that celebrates all students. Read more
Webinar: "Emotions Matter for All Learners: SEL for Traditionally Underserved Students and Educators"
October 21 from 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. EDT
Presented by: Dr. Christina Cipriano, Assistant Professor at the Yale Child Study Center and Director of Research at the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence

Learn how we can best support all learners by shaping the needs and strengths of students and educators who are often marginalized by typical educational models. Hear the practical significance of embedding SEL principles that attend to learner variability and diversity in all classrooms. Explore evidence-based practices that can be adopted to optimize SEL implementation and evaluation in all classrooms. Register here
Rutgers SECD Lab guides school-based efforts on prevention, social-emotional learning, social decision making and social problem solving, violence prevention, and character development.

The SECD Lab has created a compilation of lessons to help teachers be better prepared for Fall 2021. Access the materials.
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. 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.