Monthly MorSEL

We can all use a little more SEL Volume 5

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.

Our TEAL Journey

Since 2015, the Los Angeles County Office of Education’s Center for Distance and Online Learning have partnered with national, state, and cross-regional agencies such as National Endowment for the Arts, LA County Quality and Productivity Commission, LA County Department of Arts and Culture, LA County Department of Mental Health to provide no-cost high-quality professional development focused on arts integration tools, and resources. This TEAL Highlight Video celebrates a few of TEAL’s success along the years and goals met to support districts/charters & private networks to build capacity for equitable access to Culturally Responsive Arts Integration, Social Emotional Learning (SEL), Student Voice and Leadership in the classroom, after the school day, and within communities. Please enjoy the TEAL Highlight Journey video.
TEAL Highlight Journey

TEAL Artist Interview Series

Get up close and personal with meeting Technology Enhanced Arts Learning (TEAL) Teaching Artists and their TEAL strategies in this video series. Each interview session will provide you an overview of TEAL Arts Integration and Social-Emotional Learning strategies with our TEAL artists in the areas of Instrumental Music, Vocal Music, STEAM, Theatre, and Dance. You will also be able to make connections to getting started with TEAL Introductory QuickstART Guides and Lessons. Enjoy the video series.

Maintain Resiliency with Work-Life Balance

Contributed by ~ Being Well@LACOE


A healthy work-life balance can improve your physical, emotional, and mental health.

Many people across the country are struggling to maintain their work-life balance because of the pandemic. Workplaces are going fully or partially remote. When you work from home, the lines between work and leisure often start to blur. Workers who are tied to their digital connectivity have found that they are always on.


Balancing your professional and personal life can be challenging, but it is essential:


  • Know when to unplug. When your workday is over, detach from work.
  • Set boundaries and work hours to avoid burnout. When you stop working, avoid thinking about upcoming projects or answering company emails.
  • Turn off the computer and put down the phone. Cutting ties with the outside world from time to time allows you to recover from weekly stress and gives you space for other thoughts and ideas to emerge.
  • Step away from screens (laptops, phones, TVs, and tablets) and get outside.
  • Schedule family and social time.
  • Avoid working on weekends, if possible.


A healthy work-life balance includes time set aside for activities that you enjoy. Prioritize a relaxation or self-care activity.


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Coming Soon: The Promising Learners Project Website!

In the meantime, take a break and breathe...


This movie clip has been making the rounds among educators, SEL Specialists, and students because it is a wonderful reminder of the power of breathing to focus and ground.


Contributed by ~ Karla Sequeira, TOSA Whittier City School District

The Karate Kid Part II - Breathe In, Breathe Out Scene (2/10) | Movieclips

A Reminder: March is Arts Education Month

See next month's newsletter for more information

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.