Monthly MorSEL

We can all use a little more SEL Volume 2

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.
Conga Kids Online: Social Dance for Social Distancing!

Conga Kids has been a longtime partner with our Technology Enhanced Arts Learning (TEAL) project. We are excited to share this GREAT opportunity with you and your students.

Conga Kids: Dance Break!! is a no-cost opportunity for students and families. Developed with student’s social-and-emotional wellness in mind, this series includes TEN 10-minute, PE & VAPA standards-aligned lessons designed to give students (and teachers!) a fun and active break in their distance-learning day. Including short explorations of Afro-diasporic dance styles like Samba, Salsa, Hip-Hop, and more, teachers can choose when and how often to use “Conga Kids: Dance Break!!” in their digital classroom.

Interested in no-cost opportunity? Sign up HERE. Access is available through 2020.

Look at the Impact of Dance Instruction at School!

Dance can be used for Teaching English Learners through the Arts (TELA). These wonderful students, families, and staff from Baldwin Park Unified and Hacienda La Puente Unified School Districts are showing what they have learned and how fun it all can be! Can you find how many of the SEL Core Competencies are present throughout this video?

SEL is Everywhere!

Easy EdTech Podcast: Taking the First Steps into STEAM with Jeannine Flores, VAPA Coordinator for LACOE ~

Social-Emotional Learning should happen in every classroom including STEAM. In this podcast, Dr. Monica Burns talks to Jeannine Flores, Arts & STEAM Coordinator about STEAM, integrated learning, and SEL.

Join us on our TEAL-SEL journey

TEAL-SEL Project Application

Thank you to all our TEAL districts for your interest in the TEAL-SEL Project. WELCOME to all new districts, charters, and private schools. Please complete the form below with current information if you are interested in joining TEAL this coming year.

*Please note that you will need to receive confirmation from the Project Director, Dotti Ysais, before you are officially accepted to participate in TEAL-SEL 2020-21.

Virtual professional development dates and times will be announced at a later date.

If you have any questions, please contact us at

Take a Deep Breath

Contributed by ~ Karla Sequeira, TOSA Whittier City School District
take a deep breath

Mindful Eating During the Holidays

Contributed by ~ Being Well@LACOE

Enjoy the Upcoming Holidays and Stay Safe!

We know that the holiday season is going to look and feel very different this year due to COVID-19. However, this holiday season may provide the perfect opportunity to pause, reflect, and consider new approaches to well-being. This process can be humbling and lead to a greater sense of self-awareness, which is one of the core Social and Emotional Learning competencies. Self-awareness can help us stay healthy through practices such as mindful eating. Eating more mindfully improves our ability to recognize internal cues of hunger and fullness that may help with managing food cravings and making healthier food choices. To learn about how to practice mindful eating, please click here.

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!

A Charlie Brown The Meaning of Thanksgiving

Free SEL Course and Certificate Opportunity

The team from the Friday Institute, along with a group of experts, researchers, and practitioners, developed this Social and Emotional Learning course for Educators with the goal of helping you build your own foundational understanding of how social and emotional learning (SEL) skills are essential to, and inseparable from, student learning. This course is aligned with CASEL's framework.
Register Today: Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) for Educators

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.