Monthly MorSEL

We can all use a little more SEL Volume 7

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.

April is Arts, Culture, and Creativity Month

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Celebrate, create, read a poem...

Strategies and ART graphic contributed by ~ Karla Sequeira, TOSA Whittier City School District

Here's an activity you can try while getting out and exploring the sights and sounds of spring.

  1. Go for a walk, look outside, or take in your surroundings from wherever you feel comfortable (think about taking pictures)
  2. On one side of a paper make a list of things that you see
  3. On the other side make a list of words that describe how you felt, using adjectives and sensory words that describe your first list of words
  4. Connect the two lists
  5. Create sentences, a story, a poem, a song...
  6. Add a drawing, create a collage, sing your song, perform, share a picture...

Are you looking for additional elementary music and SEL curriculum?

Discover QuaverEd!

QuaverEd will host a webinar on Wednesday, April 28th where will give a quick overview of each curriculum that QuaverEd has to offer in Music, SEL, Pre-K, and Health.

Boosting Student Resiliency

Connecting with Your Students

Contributed by ~ Karla Sequeira, TOSA Whittier City School District

  • Think of a popular song and have your kids change the lyrics to make a class song!
  • Take the last few minutes of class to have students share an "aha" in the chat- waterfall style. Having students type and send on your countdown at the same time gives them think-time and gives students who may not want to be the first to type, a chance to share and feel safe.
  • Ask your kids to think of a time they felt... proud, happy, surprised... and have them freeze and dynamize with a pose!
  • Use the Scattegories Wheel for a brain break/energizer!
  • Check-in with some alliteration... How do you want to be seen today? Act it out!
  • Excited Elijah, Artistic Amy, Kind Kim, Hopeful Hannah...

Mind Out Loud: Free Online Student Event

Wellness Together School Mental Health, in partnership with the San Diego County Office of Education, and the California Department of Education, will host Mind Out Loud – a free three-day virtual event on May 4-6, 2021, from 3:30-5:00 p.m.

This event is for middle and high school students to convene and boldly discuss mental health; connect with peers across California; hear from engaging speakers to become equipped with practical tools for wellness; increase mental health awareness and advocacy for themselves and friends; learn about suicide prevention, and reduce the stigma associated with mental health.

Please share widely on your networks to ensure this reaches students in California!

After the Mood Meter: Strategies to Model, Teach, and Practice

Checking in using the Mood Meter can support students' emotional well-being. As students identify where they are on the Mood Meter, educators may need some specific strategies to model, teach, and practice.

Watch the Mood Meter Tips video by Karla Sequeira and learn how to support social-emotional needs using these selected strategies and activities for the classroom.

Mood Meter Tips

April Self Care Calendar

The Center for Distance and Online Learning’s (CDOL) grant project, the Promising Learners Project (PLP) has partnered with the Los Angeles County Office of Education’s Foster Youth Services (FYS). Please enjoy this month's Self-Care Calendar created by LACOE’s Foster Youth Services. Use these wonderful ideas any day of any month.

Effective Stress Relievers for Your Life

Article and picture contributed by ~ Being Well@LACOE

Effective stress management helps you break the hold stress has on your life, so you can be happier, healthier, and more productive.

The ultimate goal is a balanced life, with time for work, relationships, relaxation, fun, and the resilience to hold up under pressure and meet challenges head-on.

From minor challenges to major crises, stress is part of life. While you cannot always control your circumstances, you can control how you respond to them.

When stress becomes overwhelming, or it is chronic, it can take a toll on your well-being; that is why it is important to have effective stress relievers that can calm your mind and your body.

It is important to keep looking for the tools that will help you manage life's inevitable ups and downs in a healthy way. Keeping stress at a manageable level is important for your overall well-being.

Click here for 17 Highly Effective Stress Relievers.

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.

"While CASEL has a long-standing commitment to equity, we recognize there is significant work to be done if SEL is going to realize its full potential as a lever for fostering equitable environments and supporting all students in their cognitive, academic, social, and emotional development." ~ Advancing Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) as a Lever for Equity and Excellence