Welcome to our newest, periodic newsletter where YDEKC will share updates related to Social Emotional Learning! We will focus on the critical skills and dispositions that young people need to be successful in school and beyond; and the adult practices necessary to ensure all young people feel a sense of belonging and the self-efficacy to thrive.
YDEKC’s recent Social Emotional Learning Symposiums revealed an increasing awareness of the importance of integrating these skills into all youth environments and a demand for cross-sector collaboration and learning. To understand how we can support the Road Map Region (and beyond), please share with us what you’re excited about and where additional support is needed in your community. Please respond to the survey by Friday, November 3, 2017.
We encourage you to forward this survey to your networks. Your input will help us guide the work of our new SEL Strategy Senior Manager (see job announcement below)!
YDEKC: Social Emotional Learning Strategy Senior Manager
The SEL Strategy Senior Manager will lead and manage YDEKC’s whole child strategy, working closely with the YDEKC staff team, partners including school districts and YDEKC member organizations to develop and move forward a shared vision of success for our region’s children and youth. For the full job description and to apply, go here. “Best consideration” deadline of October 17th, but the position will remain open until filled.
Local Resources & Events
Applying the Science of Gratitude in Education
Cedarbrook Lodge, 10/28/2017, 9:00AM-3:30PM
The Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley is hosting an event for Seattle-area educators on “Applying the Science of Gratitude in Education.” In this day-long workshop, held on October 28, 2017, gratitude experts and practitioners will offer science-based, practical strategies and exercises for fostering gratitude in schools. More info and registration available here.
5th Puget Sound Restorative Justice Forum
Kent-Meridian High School, 11/3/2017, 9:00AM-12:00PM
The National Center for Restorative Justice, the Puget Sound Educational Service District, and Kent School District present the 5th Puget Sound Restorative Justice Forum on Friday, Nov. 3, 2017 at Kent-Meridian High School. Topics include restorative justice for families, practices that can be applied in out-of-school-time settings, and how restorative justice aligns with MTSS, equity, and trauma-informed practices. More info and registration available here.
How to Navigate Amidst Overwhelming Times
Hotel Murano Tacoma, 1/10/2018, 8:30AM-3:00PM
The Trauma Stewardship Institute will be offering an institute on How to Navigate Amidst Overwhelming Times in January 2018 in Tacoma, focused on raising awareness of trauma, vicarious trauma, and systematic oppression. More info and registration here.
Putting It All Together
Seattle Public Schools is mentioned in “Putting it all Together,” the first case study authored by the National Commission on Social, Emotional, and Academic Development in partnership with the Aspen Institute. This case study explores curriculum and practices that embed social and emotional skill development throughout a child’s academic day.
Sand Point Elementary School Social Emotional Learning Curriculum
Sand Point Elementary School is creating and implementing their own Social Emotional Learning curriculum. For the month of October they are focused on Growth Mindset. Here is a video illustrating how they are involving youth in conversations about social emotional skill development. For more info, contact Bryan Manzo at email@example.com.
Embedding Social and Emotional Learning in High School Classrooms
Engaging Schools, which has offered professional development in at least one district in the Road Map Region, recently produced a report on “Embedding Social and Emotional Learning in High School Classrooms” by Carol Miller Lieber and Michele Tissiere with Sarah Bialek.
Know of local resources geared towards strengthening adult strategies and practices that support social emotional skill development in young people? E-mail Anne Arias firstname.lastname@example.org.