Monthly MorSEL

We can all use a little more SEL Volume 6

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.

You're Doing a Good Job

~ Song by Alicia Keys


In recognition of many of our Los Angeles schools reopening, the Center for Distance and Online Learning (CDOL), would like to share this beautiful song and heartfelt lyrics to express our gratitude for all you do. This month's newsletter is dedicated to all of our educators and school site personnel ensuring that the classroom a wonderful place to return.

Alicia Keys - Good Job | Cover by One Voice Children's Choir | A Tribute to Covid-19 Heroes

Building Community: How Will You Brighten Your World? Classroom Ideas!

Contributed by ~ Karla Sequeira, TOSA Whittier City School District


1. Ask students to check-in using colors.

2. Brain Energizer! Spin the wheel and ask kids to type in the chat things that are green (or blue, yellow...) that begin with the letter___.

3. Have students create a PicCollage... "What colors your world?"

4. Did, Heard, Saw, Draw... Ask students to list two things they did, saw, and heard today. Add doodles. Use colors and your senses.

5. Check out this arts-integration experience from Google Arts and Culture

Checking In Using the Mood Meter

Article and Mood Meter graphic contributed by ~ Karla Sequeira, TOSA Whittier City School District


There are times when I have to work really hard to "get in the green" (the green quadrant on the Mood Meter is for pleasant, low energy feelings like calm, relaxation, serenity, contentment, and balance) and there are times when I naturally land there. What I have learned is to embrace each quadrant, call it out, and allow myself to pause a little more and "name it to tame it." Whatever ways you check in with yourself and your students, know that you are building community, strengthening spirits, and providing hope. (https://www.marcbrackett.com/the-colors-of-our-emotions/)

March is Arts Education Month

The Arts and Social Emotional Learning

SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING AND MENTAL HEALTH

As 80% of students report worsening mental health during the pandemic, arts education is proven to decrease stress and anxiety. Learn more about the arts & social-emotional learning @CreateCA #ArtsEdRebuilds.

The Technology Enhanced Arts Learning (TEAL) project has had a successful launch of both Foundational TEAL and Transformative SEL TEAL Professional Developments in March. In continuing this momentum, we are offering another no-cost high quality opportunity to engage with the Los Angeles County Office of Education (LACOE)- Center for Distance and Online Learning (CDOL) again through our Technology Enhanced Arts Learning (TEAL) Customized Coaching Series, in which participants will engage in live Question & Answer discussions with our TEAL Content Experts. Coaching and support are designed to meet unique Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS) needs for Culturally Relevant Arts Integration and Social-Emotional Learning at your school site or district.


This engaging series offer includes Customized Coaching Sessions in the following areas:


  • Launching Your TEAL Community of Practice

  • Using Virtual Resources to Promote TEAL/SEL- Session 1

  • Using Virtual Resources to Promote TEAL/SEL: Creating Newsletters and More- Session 2

  • Getting Started with Your Foundational TEAL Virtual Classroom

  • Using Virtual Resources to Promote TEAL/SEL: Bitmoji Calm Classrooms- Session 3

  • TEAL Project Alignment with Multi-Tiered System of Support

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Crafting for Health

Article and picture contributed by ~ Being Well@LACOE


Self-care is something everyone finds hard to do. Give yourself permission to spend time on yourself doing any type of crafting project.


Crafting may seem like nothing more than a pleasant hobby but there is more to these activities than meets the eye. Creating something with your hands fosters pride and satisfaction, but also provides psychological benefits:


  • Reduced stress.
  • Helps relieve and reduce depression and anxiety.
  • Projects help build self-esteem.
  • Decreased risk of cognitive impairment as you age.
  • Can help with insomnia.
  • Relaxation reduces irritability and restlessness.
  • Builds community and friendships.
  • Can help with grief processing.

Trying something new is an inherent part of crafting! Learn more about it here.


Click here for 44 Easy craft projects for adults!

Directing Change Program & Film Contest

The Teaching Resilient Students and Raising Healthy Teens newsletter is a list of curated resources and activities to support social-emotional development, healthy coping as well as crisis support for educators, students, and parents. Please visit their website for more details.
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March 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.

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.

Permission to Feel