The SEL4NJ School Provider and Quality Implementation (SPQI) Work Group Needs Your Help!
The School Culture and Climate Initiative, as a part of the School Provider and Quality Implementation (SPQI) workgroup coordinated by SEL4NJ and the Newark Trust for Education, is excited to announce the roll out of a statewide survey to collect data that will help develop a customized framework for effective school-provider relationships that support high-quality SEL implementation. We would like to get the perspectives of school-based staff, providers, district administrators, and parents/caregivers on this critical and timely topic. For more information about the SPQI workgroup and how the survey data will inform our efforts, please read our project brief.

We would greatly appreciate you taking the time to fill out our survey. It should take approximately 10-15 minutes to complete. Additionally, if you know of anyone whose perspective would be important to include, please feel free to forward them the links. We will be raffling off ten $10 gift cards to those who submit a response. 

Please select one stakeholder group that you feel you best represent and fill out the corresponding survey using the appropriate the QR code below. The deadline for completion is December 23.
Professional Development, Webinars, and Resources
CASEL Webinar "Demystifying Systemic Social and Emotional Learning Series"
This monthly series of thought leadership webinars addresses ten key aspects of high-quality systemic SEL. Join CASEL and collaborators for insights on prioritizing academic, social, and emotional learning for all students across all school contexts.

Recommended for: Education leaders and researchers at the state, district, and school levels.

"Demystifying Systemic Social and Emotional Learning: Community Partnerships"
December 16 - 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. EST
Future Directions in Social and Emotional Learning and Education
A review of evidence-based practices in social and emotional learning from infancy through early adulthood. Current work focuses on addressing the sustainable scaling for families, schools and communities. Learn more
"Social and Emotional Skill Progression in Preschool"
by Maurice J. Elias
Like cognitive development, kids’ social and emotional skill development has a typical trajectory that teachers can track and guide. Read more

"How to Make Students Feel Welcome Every Day"
by Beth Pandolpho
High school teachers can use these strategies to keep students engaged in learning throughout the year. Read more
Social-Emotional Learning: What Really Works

Social-emotional learning is at a critical moment in its evolution. Some school district SEL programs have run up against intense opposition from parents and politicians, who take issue with how SEL development is being linked to learning about racism, sexism, and LGBTQ issues. 

To properly address these challenges, schools will need to properly communicating to their communities what their SEL programs actually teach; designing social-emotional learning strategies that are tailored to the specific needs of their communities; and evaluating the effectiveness of those strategies. This special report provides a roadmap for how to make that happen. Read more
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!
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