PICTURES from 2nd Annual SEL Conference, June 12, 2013! Thanks to all involved in “Beyond the Lockdown”
Welcome to the home of the SEL Alliance for Massachusetts (SAM), a group of individuals who work for schools, hospitals, associations, businesses and nonprofits that care deeply about introducing social-emotional learning (SEL) into our schools and communities as a long-term education plan to improve academics and reduce violence and addictions in our communities.
By teaching and practicing SEL skills in our schools, we will:
Increase academic achievement (up 11% universally and 17% for at-risk students).
Reduce the staggering human and financial costs caused by violence, addiction and other social maladies (social-emotional learning skills up 22%).
The purpose of the Alliance is to influence decision-makers in making SEL part of our lives by introducing it into all Massachusetts schools, pre-k – 12.
If you are interested in supporting SEL and SAM (we do not ask for any donations), simply click on “Interested in Helping?”and fill out a brief form. (Your email address will never be used for commercial purpose or given to any other corporation or person.)
New! Our membership has increased to 316 members. Each person who joins our organization is another way for us to reach out to a legislator concerning the importance of SEL to our children and society. Tell your friends about SAM and what we can accomplish together. See Committee lists for membership. Check out the new members and what they do by looking toward the end of each listing on each page.
New! See the New Safe and Supportive Schools Legislation (see the Fact Sheet here) re-filed by Representative Walz and Senator Clark. Representaive Ruth Balser has led the newest edition of the bill now know as H 3528. Please contact your representatives to support this bill. It’s a simple act, but means so much in advancing SEL in all our schools.
New! July 18, 2013 posting for Director of Social Emotional Learning for the Urban Assemply in New York City! See our new “Jobs Available” menu item on the left. Please feel free to contact Mitch Lyons @ firstname.lastname@example.org to post job openings! Job for web developer for SAM here.
New! There are now nine committees working on behalf of SEL in Massachusetts (scroll down). If you think of a Working Group that you’d like to form (RN’s, Social Workers, School Psychologists, perhaps), please reach out to others, take the initiative to work together to make change. If we are all working on new ideas to make improvement, to have SEL in all schools, we will make a difference.
1. The Steering Commitee, chaired by Steven Brion-Meisels, after completing our Mission Statement is moving forward in March (TBA). at Teachers 21 in Wellesley to continue our discussion of our theory of change and the infrastructure of SAM. The next meeting will be announced shortly. If you have questions, please contact Mitch Lyons (email@example.com).
2. The SEL Educators Group, headed up by John D’Auria of Teachers21 and Bob Lichtenstein of Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology, will announce the next meeting.but are merging with the Exploratory Events Committee, chaired by Steven Brion-Meisels to talk about the Third Annual June Conference.
3. SAM’s SEL Speakers’ Bureau, chaired by Gayle Vonasek and Jim Strousse, has finished a generic PowerPoint presentation which is being reviewed by the Steering Committee. Next step is to have speakers volunteer from the SAM membership tp speak in their communities to better inform the general public about the importance of SEL in their lives and schools. A workshop in the Spring, 2014 will follow so we can highlight aspects of the various group we will be addressing. Please contact Mitch Lyons at SEL4Mass@gmail.com or Gayle Vonasek at firstname.lastname@example.org.
4. The SEL Teacher Preparation Working Group, chaired by Deborah Donahue-Keegan, ED.D. and businessman David Zussman, is advocating for more substantive integration of SEL research/practice into teacher preparation programs. After another informative September 28th meetinng, a Steering Committee is being formed for this group to advance their agenda. If you’d like to know more, please contact Deborah Donahue-Keegan at email@example.com. CHECK OUT THEIR NEW WEBSITE right here.
5. The Website Design Group, chaired by Nova Biro, is involved in improving the website to make it more user friendly and dynamic. We are currently seeking to fill a paid internship position for website development. If you have someone in mind or have any ideas as to content or presentation, please send your comments to Nova Biro at firstname.lastname@example.org. All comments are welcomed, a point that cannot be emphasized enough.
6. Exploratory Events Committee, chaired by Steven Brion-Meisels, is beginning to think about the third annual SAM conference next June. If you have ideas, please contact Steven Brion-Meisels (email@example.com).
7. The Family and Community Committee of SAM, chaired by Karen Craddock and Margaret Kiwanuka, is aimed at exploring and advancing our understanding, practice and engagement with families and community partners around social-emotional learning. With an emphasis on convening a diverse body, the plan is to support and deepen our strategies in participatory and culturally responsive and fluent ways across the state and in partnership with other SEL related activities. To join this committee, write firstname.lastname@example.org.
8. Business Involvement Working Group, chaired by David Harris and John Bluthardt, is now culling through the resumes of Organization Developers to use their support in developing strategies to involve Massachusetts businesses in working toward SEL training for all children so that new employees may enter the labor force skilled in problem-solving, forming trusting long lasting relationships and managing their own emotions, creating a 21st century work force. If you would like to become part of this committee, please contact Mitch Lyons at email@example.com.
9. School-based Mental Health Service Providers Committee. Nancy Malatesta and Frank Stevenson, two school pyscholgists, have just formed a committe to examine the role of school-based mental health service providers in advancing SEL throughout the schools. As there are over 75 mental health providers in SAM, it will be interesting to hear the different ideas that come out of this brand new committee. To find out more, contact Nancy Malatesta at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To see SEL in action, click on this brief video by Learning Matters in conjunction with PBS Jim Lehrer NewsHour.