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New SEL Opportunities from DESE  

1. Self-Care and Well-Being for Educators:

The Department, in partnership with Lighthouse Wellness and Health Education Consulting, is offering a five-week, interactive virtual workshop series for educators to focus on their own self-care and well-being. There will be optional (but strongly encouraged) pre-work each week that will help frame each session. Each workshop will include some form of movement activity, breathing exercise, community connection, skill building, and personal focus/reflection time. The sessions will be offered from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. on five Mondays: March 14, March 21, March 28, April 4 and April 11. Interested educators should register here by Wednesday, March 9 for as many sessions as they wish.

2. Supporting Educators’ Social Emotional Skills and Wellbeing:

Drawing on the Multi-Tiered System of Support framework, DESE, in partnership with Walker Therapeutic & Educational Programs, is offering a four-part interactive series on developing a systemic approach to supporting educator social and emotional learning and well-being, now and beyond the pandemic. Participants do not have to attend all sessions. The sessions are:  
  • Session 1: Individual Strength: Supporting and Modeling Our Own Social Emotional Learning (SEL) and Wellbeing within a Systemic Framework, 9:00-10:30 a.m. on Thursday, March 10
  • Session 2: Group Strength: Teams and Collaborative Practices to Support Adult SEL and Wellbeing, 9:00-10:30 a.m. on Thursday, March 17
  • Session 3: System Strength: Schoolwide Organizational Supports and Structures to Support Adult SEL and Wellbeing, 9:00-10:30 a.m. on Thursday, March 24
  • Session 4: Final Wrap-Up 1:00-3:00 p.m. (Date & Time TBD)
Interested educators, school leaders and SEL/mental health staff should register online for the sessions that interest them.

3. Thriving Minds Fellowship: 

The Department, in collaboration with Thriving Minds – a partnership between BRYT, the Massachusetts School Mental Health Consortium, and the Rennie Center for Education Research & Policy – is pleased to offer a new fellowship opportunity for practitioners, educators and school mental health leaders who want to learn more about how to build a comprehensive school mental health system. The fellowship will focus on: 1) infrastructure (establishing a team and process for moving the work forward), 2) data (including screening and progress monitoring data), and 3) interventions (strategies for working directly with students to support their mental health needs). Applications are due by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, March 11.

4. School Mental Health Essentials PD Series:

The Department, in collaboration with Thriving Minds – a partnership between BRYT, the Massachusetts School Mental Health Consortium, and the Rennie Center for Education Research & Policy – is offering a series of training sessions to introduce the essentials of a comprehensive school mental health system. Each session will focus on one of three foundational components — data, interventions, and infrastructure — and all will be presented through a racial equity lens. The first session will give an overview of all three elements and will be held from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 16. Interested school and district staff can register online.

5. Workshop on Supporting Social-Emotional Regulation:

LearnLaunch, with support from DESE, is offering a free 90-minute virtual workshop on Supporting Social-Emotional Regulation in the Classroom. The workshop is designed to help school and district leaders both reflect on structures and systems that can support students and explore opportunities for flexible and adaptive interventions. These strategies are compatible with any social-emotional curricula and applicable to any grade level. This workshop will be offered at 3:00 p.m. on Monday, March 21 and again at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, March 23.

Posted by jane_daly On 04 March, 2022 at 6:39 AM