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YDEKC Whole Child, Whole Day Newsletter – May 2019

POSTED ON May 30, 2019
YDEKC Whole Child, Whole Day News,
May 2019
Youth Development Executives
of King County

Whole Child, Whole Day News

Welcome to our periodic newsletter where YDEKC shares updates and resources related to social and emotional learning and holistic supports for youth. We focus on strengthening adult practices, cross-sector partnerships, and systems that support the whole child across the whole day.

We are thrilled to let you know that registration for YDEKC’s Annual Whole Child, Whole Day: A Social & Emotional Learning Symposium at Highline College is now open! This year it will be on August 9th, and like previous years, it will be a day dedicated to learning and networking so that we can better foster equity-based learning environments that support the whole child across the whole day for youth of color in the Road Map region. This year, the workshops will center on these themes and questions:

  • Identity Development to Celebrate the Whole Child: What does it look like to create learning environments where children, especially children of color, feel seen, heard, and valued in positive ways every day?
  • Strengthening Adult Mindsets and Social and Emotional Skills: How can we develop social and emotional skills in youth, when we (the adults) struggle with it?
  • Trauma Informed and Healing Practices: What does it mean to support young people holistically as they navigate racially unjust systems?
  • Centering Youth and Family Leadership: When developing equity-based environments for youth, how do we seek, value, and honor the expertise and leadership of youth and families, especially those who have been marginalized?
  • Teaching SEL with Cultural Relevance: What does social and emotional skill development look like when we explicitly integrate racial equity into the way we teach and model core competencies?

Please spread the word about the symposium. Last year was a sold-out event, so we encourage you all to register soon! Click here for more info on the event.

While we send out these newsletters every 2-3 months, we also encourage you to like us on Facebook or sign up to receive our monthly Field Notes newsletter. You can also access SEL resources on our website.

Peace and Joy,
Mona & Anne
Youth Development Executives of King County | 206.336.6914
Local News and Resources
Know of local resources geared towards strengthening adult strategies and practices that support social emotional skill development in young people? E-mail Creative Arts as Facilitation Tools with Partners for Youth Empowerment 
South Whidbey Community Center, 6/1-2/2019 
Partners for Youth Empowerment is a global non-profit that unleashes the creative power of young people and adults by training transformative social and emotional skills. For more information about this training and their work, visit their website.

Search Institute Training: Getting Relationships Right  
Jefferson Park Golf Club (Seattle), 8/12-13/2019 
The Search Institute will be coming to Seattle to present their workshop that introduces their Developmental Relationship framework. Participants will leave ready to be more intentional and inclusive in building developmental relationships with and among young people. Check out more info here.

Three-Day Mindful Educator Retreat with Space Between 
Islandwood, 8/12-14/2019
This three-day retreat is a new kind of professional development, nourishing your body, mind and spirit, while offering personal exploration and practical application of mindfulness for your classroom or work with youth. Clock hours available.  Find more information about Space Between and this retreat here.

What Trauma-Informed Means in Practice: Local Efforts Across King County 
With trauma-informed practices getting more attention in local and national conversations, Seattle and King County Public Health are looking to local practitioners to share what these concepts look like in practice. Public Health Insider also recently featured Best Starts for Kids grantees who are taking a whole school, whole child approach in their work with schools.

Creative Expression and Grief 
Supporting the whole child means being prepared for a wide range of emotions and responses to events, including dying or death. The organization Art with Heart focuses on using the healing power of art to help kids in trauma and/or adversity find peace. This blogpost highlights the value of creative expression in supporting children who are grieving and points to several Art with Heart resources, from downloadable caregiver guides to activities to do with kids.

Sand Point Elementary Wins Symetra Heroes in the Classroom Award 
In April, Sand Point Elementary School in Seattle was awarded the 2018 Symetra Heroes in the Classroom “MVP Award”. This $20,000 education grant provided by Symetra and the Seattle Seahawks will fund “Hear Our Voices”. This program seeks to integrate social emotional learning (SEL), writing, speaking, listening, and pre-vocational technology skills while simultaneously giving voice to all of Sand Point Elementary School’s students, including historically underrepresented populations. “Hear Our Voices” will support all Sand Point students by creating a common expressive language around personal challenges and life experiences. Check out the article on Seattle School District’s website.

“Helping Students Dream Big, Invest More Deeply, and Love Courageously” with Erin Jones 
In this episode of the Character Strong podcast, educator and former Washington State OSPI Superintendent candidate Erin Jones shares how Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. has inspired her to challenge youth and adults with three specific questions related to how we all intend to show up in the world.

Exploring the Landscape of Mental Health and Wellness in Washington’s K-12 Education System 
May is Mental Health Month. If you are interested in learning more about the mental health landscape in WA’s schools, check out this landscape scan commissioned by Kaiser Permanente. You can listen to the April 2018 webinar about the scan or read the summary or full report available on Kaiser Permanente’s Thriving Schools website.

National News and ResourcesUsing SEL Frameworks to Improve Implementation 
Webinar, 5/29/2019, 10:00AM-4:00PM 
Social and emotional learning (SEL) is a field with a growing number of different frameworks, tools that help organize ideas and provide a foundation for thinking, communicating, and acting. Having so many frameworks can be confusing, and selecting a framework can be difficult. CASEL’s Assessment Work Group (AWG) has published a series of briefs to address this challenge.  Register for this webinar to better understand and grapple with the challenges and opportunities multiple SEL frameworks can present.

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Call for Proposals
Deadline June 6th for Proposals: 150K for Partnerships with Systems to Disrupt Dehumanization Forward Promise aims to seed new approaches to support boys and young men of color to heal, grow and thrive. Selected organizations will receive up to $150,000 to support the planning, implementation and evaluation of partnership efforts between community-based organizations and youth-serving systems such as education, housing, health and more. Check out more info at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Social Emotional Learning and Equity: Potential Pitfalls and Recommendations 
The National Equity Project reminds us that, “The promise of social and emotional development as a lever for increasing educational equity rests on the capacity of educators to understand that all learning is social and emotional and all learning is mediated by relationships that sit in a sociopolitical, racialized context – for all children, not just those who are black and brown.” How are you talking about social and emotional learning within your organization, and how are you putting it into practice? Are you experiencing any of the pitfalls that may occur when we say we’re implementing SEL in order to make progress on equity and inclusion? The National Equity Project outlines common pitfalls, and recommendations to guide us in our pursuit of educational equity.

Dena Simmons: Without Context, Social-Emotional Learning Can Backfire 
Dena Simmons, assistant director at the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence, warns of the ways social and emotional learning can be used to reinforce a false and harmful narrative about children of color. In this article, she addresses this challenge: “At the heart of this all, however, is a need for educators—those folks ultimately in charge of the SEL instruction—to recognize and confront their own internalized racism and sexism, defensiveness and lack of true SEL understanding as it applies to their own awareness and biases.”

Ready by 21 National Meeting 
Every year, the Ready by 21 National Meeting brings together hundreds of leaders from around the country who are working to get all young people ready by 21 – for college, work and life. We were excited the 8th annual Ready by 21 National Meeting took place this year in Seattle, with School’s Out Washington playing the role of Lead Local Partner. Over 650 leaders convened April 23-25 to hear strategies, research and stories about partnering for better impact, aligning policies, improving program quality and performance, and embracing readiness in the pursuit of equity. Check out videos of keynote presentations and find materials and resources from workshop presenters.

Get the SEL Game Guide from Playworks 
Download a new guide to more than 150 games that will help kids practice social and emotional skills, with facilitation tips to make playtime safe and inclusive. Find games by skill, grade level, time and space available, and more.

Social and Emotional Learning in Practice:  A Toolkit and Online Trainings 
Check out University of Minnesota’s SEL toolkit and online workshops. Their SEL training suite will help you design programs to support SEL, recognize and respond to unexpected opportunities to learn and practice SEL skills, and apply resources and activities from their recently updated SEL Toolkit.

SEL as a Lever for Equity 
CASEL has updated and expanded many of their resources online. Check out this tool on how to center Equity in your districtwide SEL implementation. The tool provides questions for your consideration, from “Have we organized fiscal and human resources to support efforts around SEL and equity?” to “Do we provide supports necessary for educators to recognize and assess the impact of their own beliefs, perspectives, and biases?”

Integrating SEAD: An Action Guide for School Leadership Teams 
This Action Guide from the Aspen Institute was developed to help school leadership teams integrate the social, emotional, and academic needs of young people into the daily student experience. The guide has five sections: Vision of Student Success, Student Learning Experience, Adult Learning in Support of Student Success, Learning Environment and School Climate, and Asset Mapping and Resource Allocation.