Elizabeth Park, Curricular Solution Architect
Melissa Pearlman, Partnerships Director
Joe Dominguez, Partnership Director
Presented by Newsela
According to the 2019 report from the National Commission on Social, Emotional, and
Academic Development, integrating SEL yields results “from better attendance and behavior to higher grades and graduation rates. It also builds discipline, empathy, and collaborative problem-solving.” We also know that the challenges of 2020 (and into the 2020-21 school year) have impacted the mental health and wellness of both educators and their students, and have harmed students of color and students from low income communities disproportionately. In this session we will explore the impacts of COVID on students’ social-emotional learning and wellness in California, discuss best practices for integrating SEL across academic disciplines, and dive into content and resources that can help address your top of mind needs. Before we kick off this session, we want to create much-needed space for educators to breathe and relax with a brief Yoga Nidra practice (a meditation and conscious relaxation practice that is intended to induce total physical, mental, and emotional relaxation). You know the importance of incorporating SEL into your students’ education, and we want to also remind you that your own self-care is just as important!