Celebrating #SELday Success!
Uplifting Hearts, Connecting Minds
On Friday, March 10th, thousands of educators, students, community organizers, and individuals celebrated the fourth annual International SEL Day—Uplifting Hearts, Connecting Minds—by showcasing, promoting, advocating, and supporting SEL around the globe. YOUR efforts helped #SELday reach several important milestones in New Jersey:

  • 22.5% Increase in the number of NJ schools participating in SEL Day (we suspect the number is even larger) compared to last year
  • 23% of the global total - the 577 NJ schools represented 23% of the global total of schools participating in SEL day! 
  • #1 and 3 in the top 15 - NJ had three schools in the top 15 of badge winners including the #1 spot - congratulations Colts Neck (#1), Butler, and Cranford!
  • Top 5 - NJ was in the top five of the most influential twitter profiles alongside CASEL, SEL4US and the Urban Assembly - the highest of all the SEL4 state affiliates!
  • The first ever SEL4NJ SEL Day Summit! View PowerPoints and recordings here.

National Milestones:
  • Over 10 million views from over 5,000 mentions and 40,000 interactions with #SELday across social media
  • #SELday trended on Twitter for several hours
  • Nine #SELday state proclamations
  • A letter recognizing #SELday from President Joe Biden and First Lady Dr. Jill Biden
  • A bipartisan resolution for National SEL Week introduced in the U.S. Senate
  • Over #SELday 4,100 participants representing 88 countries and all 50 U.S. states
  • More than 2,500 schools, districts, and youth-serving organizations represented
  • Participants committed to over 11,000 actions to showcase, promote, advocate, and support #SELday
New Jersey Board of Education Proclamation
New Jersey Governor's Proclamation
President Biden's Proclamation
Funding Opportunity - Urgent Deadline!
A Deep Dive into Social-Emotional Health & Learning

The 2023 America's Healthiest Schools Award recognizes excellence in nine different school health topics, including social and emotional health and learning.  

In partnership with Alliance for a Healthier Generation and Kaiser Permanente, Harmony SEL at National University is proud to celebrate schools that prioritize the social and emotional, mental, and behavioral health of students by:  
  • Providing students with designated calming spaces 
  • Offering a social and emotional learning curriculum  
  • Implementing supportive disciplinary practices 

Schools nationwide can apply today for our Social-Emotional Health and Learning Award and any other topic areas of interest. The deadline to apply is April 18, 2023.
All awardees will be featured in our national celebration of America's Healthiest Schools this fall! Apply Now!
Professional Development, Webinars, and Resources
Morris County Education Partnership Training "Recognize and Reach Out"
Wednesday, April 26 from 8:30 a.m. - 11 a.m. ET
Suicide is the second leading cause of death for youth ages 10-24. In the last year, 1 out of 6 students in grades 9-12 reported seriously thinking about suicide. Youth are thinking about suicide but are afraid to ask for help. We are in the scary times of a youth mental health crisis and yet, people are afraid to talk about suicide or are not sure of where to begin. This presentation outlines risk factors among youth and helps recognize the warning signs to better identify who may be struggling. We share guidelines for how to start a conversation about suicide with a young person, how to assist them in recognizing their support systems, and identifying trusted adults in their life. Resources for youth are also shared along with tips for fostering resiliency. 

Presenter: Tracy Cappiccille, LPC, DRCC, Mental Health First Aid USA Instructor; Director, Suicide Prevention Services, Mental Health Association 
*Followed by a panel discussion

In-Person Training
Morris County Public Safety Training Academy
500 W Hanover Ave, Morristown, NJ 07960

Sponsored by the Morris County Education Partnership, a subcommittee of the Youth Services Advisory Committee (YSAC)
"The Evidence is Clear: An Update on Research Examining Social and Emotional Learning"
April 27 from 1:00 p.m. — 2:00 p.m. ET

More than a decade ago, a landmark 2011 meta-analysis established a strong
evidence base, finding that classroom instruction that integrated social and emotional learning alongside academic learning not only supported student behavior and well-being; it also translated, on average, into an 11 percentile point gain in academic achievement. Since that time, hundreds of rigorous studies from researchers around the world have documented the benefits of instructional programs that integrate social and emotional learning, teaching students how to recognize and manage their feelings, care for and collaborate with others, and make responsible decisions.

Join us to discuss significant advancements in the evidence base regarding social and emotional learning and what this means for research, practice, and policy. In this webinar co-hosted with the Learning Policy Institute, Dr. Mark Greenberg will overview findings from a newly-released report commissioned by the Learning Policy Institute that reviews 12 separate meta-analyses, covering hundreds of independent studies. He’ll join Dr. Linda Darling-Hammond and Dr. Aaliyah Samuel in a conversation moderated by Dr. Timothy Shriver on how these findings connect to other recent research, the implications, and future directions for the field.

Recommended for: researchers, policy influencers, and district and school leaders. Register here
Status Check: The Top Challenges to Social-Emotional Learning and How to Address Them
"Students sorely need [SEL] skills. Seventy percent of educators—teachers, principals and district leaders—surveyed... said that their students have been misbehaving more compared to the fall of 2019." Read more
A Comprehensive Approach to Suicide Awareness and Prevention
Schools can develop a thoughtful plan to discuss the topic with students by addressing both risk factors and protective factors of suicide. Read more

If It Matters to Kids, It Matters
When children feel loved, cared for, and valued, they are better able to process information and voice their opinions. Read more

Planting a Garden That Reinforces SEL
Social and emotional herb gardens offer young students a sensory learning experience and a chance to explore their feelings. Read more
Did COVID-19 policies cause an increase in school violence?
Recent acts of violence in classrooms are raising questions about safety and whether the pandemic might be contributing to student misconduct. Read the article
"Teens and Mental Health: How Girls Really Feel About Social Media"
Our years of research into the connection between technology and mental health has put social media in the crosshairs of this discussion. This new report gives us a comprehensive, up-to-date road map to teen girls' online lives—with commentary straight from the girls themselves. Where do they spend their time online, and what do they come across while they are there? And do they believe any platforms are worse offenders than others when it comes to their mental health? Read more
Rutgers University's official SECD Lab Podcast aims to guide school-based efforts on prevention, social-emotional learning, social decision making, social problem solving, violence prevention, and character development. Chi Kim of Pure Edge Inc. and Sanaa Rangwala of Rutgers University exhibit the expansive world of social and emotional learning. Chi shares her expertise in the world and science of mindfulness as a central component of SEL. She explains how mindfulness in the classroom promotes learning and an atmosphere of ease. She takes us through exercises and explains how mindfulness practice is better described as an invitation. We warmly invite you to listen and benefit from Chi’s multi-faceted world of SEL. Listen to the podcast.
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!
Tre Gammage Podcast "The Dash"
Tre Gammage is an education consultant with the Gammage Consulting Group who helps k-12 school's implement social and emotional learning programs. Tre has been hosting The Dash podcast since 2017 and every week he features educator's who facilitate solutions for school communities.

In this episode, Tre has a conversation with Liz Warner and Trish Heindel from the School Culture & Climate Initiative. Explore their systemic approach to school climate and culture, the differences between competition and collaboration, and what it takes to be an SEL leader. Tune in to learn how to better serve your school's needs and create a more positive learning environment. Listen to the podcast.
The School Culture and Climate Initiative (SCCI) is based at the Center for Human and Social Development at Saint Elizabeth University.
School Culture and Climate Initiative