School-Wide SEL: Late Spring 2020

Sprinkling the Good Stuff, Everywhere! v 6

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Links To Prior Versions of This Newsletter

Restoring Community During Covid-19: Drop In Sessions

Join us Thursday and Friday at 1pm. Last week's conversations were fabulous!


This week: unpacking a few resources (for staff and/or students) around trauma informed practices; sharing some ready to use resources for restorative circles.


The pandemic has caused collective trauma and the need for physical distancing. Because we are wired for connection, we must be intentional about restoring community and creating opportunities for healthy social interactions. When adversity feels like a shared experience, we cope better- not only emotionally but neurobiologically.


These drop-in sessions, using Zoom, are designed to assist school staff in processing their experiences during the pandemic so that they can be of support to others, including students. In addition, we will explore ways to restore the community with other school staff, students, and parents. Topics may include the following: creating a trauma-informed communities, becoming restorative in all you do, building emotionally resiliency, attending to school-wide SEL and more. Audience: all school staff, particularly: teams or individuals focused on well-being/culture/climate, leadership, crisis response, restorative practices, trauma informed practices, PBIS. Facilitators: Julie McDaniel-Muldoon and Mary Perfitt-Nelson


Beginning this week!


Thursdays from 1:00-2:00pm


Fridays from 1:00-2:00pm

Supportive Strategies Series:

Julie McDaniel-Muldoon, Safety and Well-Being Consultant at Oakland Schools, created the Supportive Strategies Series with 3-minute episodes of strategies she hoped might be helpful to you, especially during this extraordinary time. These short and sweet episodes are based on research and best practice. Episodes are being released weekly, and these are the first two in the series. For selected references, additional resources, and suggestions for future topics, please contact her at julie.mcdaniel@oakland.k12.mi.us.


New Episodes:





Episode 1: (A Sense of Safety) First

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Episode 2: The Need to Belong:

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Episode 3: Maslow With Fresh Eyes

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Episode 4: Trust Is The Beginning Place

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Episode 5: Cultivating Empathy

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Episode 6: The Science of Resilience

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SEL To Go

We are curating SEL resources that can be used immediately for SEL teams, teachers and parents. The pandemic version includes suportive resources that support the well-being of educators, students and families during an unprecedented time in our history. We may be distant, physically, but we can be social. Moreover, we can continue developing the five core competencies with every interaction, sprinkling the good stuff and growing our collective well-being.

SEL To Go: Supports For Teachers

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The resources in these documents were designed to support educators, children, and families during this time. There is tremendous value in acknowledging and making space for children’s feelings. As many schools close and/or move to online learning, we invite teachers to adapt the ideas below and share them with families.


Early Childhood Resources

Elementary School Resources

Middle School Resources

High School Resources

Resources for Supporting Colleagues

Dr. Stephanie Grant For Teachers

Materials from Stephanie Grant on the COVID 19 Trauma Informed Supports Package have been made available for the county. Please note that the videos have a password which is in the attached PDF.


They include:


*Oakland County, MI staff only

SEL To Go: Supports for Leadership Teams

Visioning Around School-Wide SEL

Why create a shared vision? Moving a large group of stakeholders toward a desired outcome is complex work. In The Learning Leader: How to Focus School Improvement for Better Results, Douglas Reeves suggests that one of the first steps in organizational change is to establish a compelling vision and clear standards of action. Getting commitment from everyone means their voice must be on the table. "Buy-in" is an outdated term.


With the pandemic and the growing levels of anxiety, we must consider the mental health of the entire school community. Visioning is an important first step when we begin drafting plans for "reopening".


A collaboratively developed schoolwide vision takes into account the school’s unique strengths and needs and reflects the hopes, needs, and efforts of the entire school community. The shared vision:

  • Serves as an anchor for all that the school does to support students academically, socially, and emotionally.
  • States the school community’s hopes for what students will experience at school.
  • Provides stakeholders with a sense of collective responsibility and unity.


In this folder, you will find everything needed for two one-hour whole staff sessions to bulid SEL and community in the adults and to created a shared vision. The agenda is complete. It includes


  • Inclusive beginning activity
  • Hopeful ending activity
  • Everything needed to complete a shared vision

Dr. Stephanie Grant: Leadership

Materials from Stephanie Grant on the COVID 19 Trauma Informed Supports Package have been made available for the county. Please note that the videos have a password which is in the attached PDF.


They include:

*Oakland County, MI staff only

SEL To Go: Share with Parents

RULER for PARENTS

See full resources in :SEL Supports for Teachers section, above.


Early Childhood Resources

Elementary School Resources

Middle School Resources

High School Resources

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Dr. Stephanie Grant for Parents

Materials from Stephanie Grant on the COVID 19 Trauma Informed Supports Package have been made available for the county. Please note that the videos have a password which is in the attached PDF.


They include:

*Oakland County, MI staff only

Vital Resources for Human Well-Being (Leaders, Teachers, Students and Families)

Want Virtual Coaching, Consultation, Resources or Professional Learning?

We would love to be a thought-partner with you around this important work. CLICK HERE TO REQUEST SUPPORT.

Mary Perfitt-Nelson, Teacher and School Psychologist

Mary Perfitt-Nelson, Mental Health Consultant

Certified Coordinator: Schoolwide Information Systems; PBIS Assessments; Early Warning Systems,

Trainer: CHAMPS Classroom Management, Discipline and Organization; Love and Logic (Parent and Educator); International Institute for Restorative Practices (Classroom Circle and Restorative Conferencing); Traumatic Event Crisis Intervention Plans (TECIP); Certified Trauma Practitioner and Trainer for the National Institute for Trauma and Loss in Children (CTP); The RULER Approach to SEL

Badge Of Honors: Master Gardener, Devon Rex cat breeder; daughter/wife/mother/sister/aunt/grandmother/friend to some amazing humans

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