COVID-19; Building Positive Relationships; Mental Health; Social-Emotional Learning; Resources & Upcoming Events
School Climate Connection Newsletter

Resources. The National Association of School Psychologists, National Center School Mental Health, CASEL, and Center to Improve Social and Emotional Learning and School Safety provide curated lists of resources to help educators support the well-being and learning of students, families, and communities during the COVID-19 epidemic.  

See also Upcoming Events

 Building Positive Relationships

Online Connections. An Anaheim Union High School District (CA) teacher shares how online teaching has created opportunities to connect with students and the school community.

Staying Connected. A teacher at Broadway Elementary in Venice (CA)  shares strategies for staying connected with her students and supporting their social-emotional learning from afar.

 Mental Health

School Climate and Health Factors. CalSCHLS has released a factsheet examining the relationship between health-related behaviors, school climate, and school safety on student reports of sadness and suicidal thoughts.

Telehealth. School districts are increasingly turning to telehealth to meet students’ mental health needs during the pandemic.

Virtual Services. A school counselor at Triton Regional High School (MA) shares how she remotely supports students transitioning back to school after a mental health-related absence.

 Social-Emotional Learning

Universal Screening Guidelines. Project Cal-Well from the California Department of Education has released a brief on Universal Social, Emotional, and Behavioral Screening that includes considerations for implementation and resources.

Mindfulness. CalSCHLS has released a What Works Brief on Mindfulness-Based Practices for Schools that provides a range of approaches, from those that can be easily implemented by educators right now to school-wide.

Video. The Center to Improve Social and Emotional Learning and School Safety (SEL Center) has released a video to help education leaders communicate how social-emotional learning, trauma-informed practices, restorative practices, and similar approaches can fit together as part of one aligned, coherent system for creating safe and supportive learning environments.

Self-Awareness and Mindfulness. The SEL Center has developed a brief titled Mindfulness in Education: An Approach to Cultivating Self-Awareness That Can Bolster Kids’ Learning.

Literature Resource. The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative and Imaginable Futures has developed a library of approximately 1,000 learning experiences focused on civics, social justice, social-emotional learning, and global competence.

Special Report. Education Week released a special report with an entire issue of articles that explore a range of SEL topics.


CalSCHLS Helpline:  888.841.7536
SCCN #88  4/27/20
In this issue:

 Building Positive Relationships
 Mental Health
 Social-Emotional Learning
 Upcoming Events


The Fall/Winter issue of the School Community Journal is now available.

SCCN updates and other resources are posted on CDE's School Climate Website by Topic Category
 Upcoming Events

Free Webinar

Strategies for Districts to Support Self-Care for Educators During the COVID-19 Pandemic
This webinar is the first in a three-part series supporting the social-emotional needs of educators and students during and after the COVID-19 pandemic.
Wed, Apr 29 at 12:00 pm (PT)
Information & Registration

Free Training

2020 California School-Based Health Conference:
A Shared Vision for Healthy Students

Learn about the latest school health programs including mental health, substance use, reproductive health, and youth leadership.
May 14-15
Early-Bird Ends March 31
Information & Registration

School Safety & Mental Health Crisis training from the CDE's Cal-STOP initiative.
Information  &  Flyer


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