Monthly MorSEL

We can all use a little more SEL Volume 4

This newsletter is brought to you by the Los Angeles County Office of Education's Center for Distance and Online Learning. The Monthly MorSEL will be a clearinghouse of SEL resources, strategies, and information from our collective impact partnerships for you to use to support this critical work at your school sites.

January: Take Time for Yourself

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Take Time to Pause and Breathe in Your Surroundings

Contributed by ~ Karla Sequeira, TOSA Whittier City School District


First Breath

  • Take a deep breath in and let out a sigh…

  • What did you breathe out?

  • Where do you feel release?

  • What naturally happens when you let go?


Second Breath

  • This time pick something to let go.

  • Breathe in and let out that sigh. Let go of a thought, worry, or stress...

  • Release and feel the subtle spread.


Third Breath

  • Adding gratitude…

  • Breathe in acceptance.

  • Breathe out care. If you do this there’s no time for judgment.

  • Breathe in another person (or yourself) with acceptance.

  • Breathe out a kind intention, care, or a message.

Take Time for Wellness

Contributed by ~ Karla Sequeira, TOSA Whittier City School District

Take Time to Have Some Fun and Start a Garden

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Contributed by ~ Being Well@LACOE


This week, plant a garden with your family! A garden could be a lot of work but when you involve others in the process, everyone will have a sense of responsibility toward maintaining it.


Want to learn to start a garden, but not sure where to begin? Click here for detailed information on the basics of gardening.

Take Time to Connect Social Emotional Learning

Take Time for Self-Care

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The Center for Distance and Online Learning’s (CDOL) newest grant project is the Promising Learners Project (PLP). We are so excited - one of our partners in this journey is the Los Angeles County Office of Education’s Foster Youth Services (FYS). Along with FYS, the Promising Learners Project has partnered with Baldwin Park, Keppel, Monrovia, and Norwalk-La Mirada school districts to support a total of 11 school sites and 125 classrooms!


Please enjoy the Self-Care Calendar created by LACOE’s Foster Youth Services. Use these wonderful ideas any day of any month.


For more detailed information about the project, please view the Promising Learners Project Screencast.

Take Time to Get Back to Basics

SEL as a Foundation

According to CASEL, social and emotional learning (SEL) is the process through which children and adults understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions.