Back To School! School-Wide SEL

Sprinkling the Good Stuff, Everywhere! v.2

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In a World, Distracted- We Must Look One Another In The Eyes

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SEL Quick Tip!

The SEL 3 Signature Practices Playbook has practical ways to introduce and broaden the use of SEL in classrooms, schools and workplaces. What are the three big ideas around sprinkling the good stuff, everywhere?

  1. Inclusive Beginning Activities
  2. Engaging Instruction
  3. Hopeful Ending Activities

These concepts build community and encourage safety and belonging. They can be used to design staff meetings and are fabulous routines to embed inside the classroom: Pre-K-12. The playbook is FULL of practical ideas you can use immediately!

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Want OnSite 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.

Related Professional Learning Opportunities at Oakland Schools

Want to join our 2019-2020 SW-SEL Cohorts?

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Got initiative fatigue? We can help you merge all non-academic frameworks into one beautiful whole. You will find your priorities and create a focused plan to move SW-SEL into every nook and cranny of your school! You can't do it all, but you CAN do a few things well!

For those implementing non-academic frameworks, this is nothing "new". It is not "one more thing". Instead, it is a way to organize, understand and focus on your priorities around non-academic outcomes that help support a culture of learning where everyone belongs and everyone is engaged. You are already trying to get better at schoolwide social emotional learning. Let us help remove the white noise so that you can focus and make progress!

Space Is Limited! School Teams of 2-5 only. Includes a copy of Onward: Cultivating Emotional Resilience in Educators by Elena Aguilar.

First Cohort:

September 20, 2019

November 12, 2019

December 10, 2019

Sold Out!

Second Cohort:

January 15, 2020

February 4, 2020

April 14, 2020


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Restorative Practices at Oakland Schools

Restorative Practices: Policies, Protocols & Practices Nov. 26, 2019 8:30-3:30

Restorative practices holds great promise for our schools, from community building and social-emotional skill development to reducing behavior issues and increasing communication skills. Please join us for a 1-day exploration into Restorative Practices, where you will learn the latest policy developments, the foundation of RP and gain experience in formal and informal circles.

A Community of Restorative Practitioners November 19, 2019 4-7:30

This community will meet two times during the 2019-20 school year. It will provide a network for those engaging in Restorative Practices and for those interested in RP and in implementing skills/strategies in their classrooms and schools. Current practice and fundamental skills/strategies will be explored. Participants may attend one or both of these sessions. Part I: Values and Beliefs, Part II: Policies and Practices.

Exploring Social Justice through Restorative Practices Nov 21, 2019 8:30-3:30

Explore issues of social justice while also experiencing the power of a restorative circle in this session. Participants will learn and expand their restorative practice as well as how to be more responsive around issues of exclusions, bias and more.

Restorative Peer Meditation Feb 14, 2020 8:30-3:30

This workshop is designed for educators already familiar with restorative practices. Participants will learn how to teach and then guide students in facilitating peace circles, restorative peer mediation, and restorative conflict resolution. Using restorative principles and concepts, participants will learn about these student-led methods, and then observe and experience how these methods might be implemented in their practice.

Questions? Contact Julie McDaniel

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Click here for our offerings around Trauma Informed Practices

Comprehensive Health Education

Healthy kids are better learners. To ensure all kids are ready to learn, Michigan has required comprehensive health education at all building levels.

Experience Michigan's Tier 1, evidence-based Comprehensive Health Education Curriculum: Michigan Model for Health. It's proven to lead to meaningful behavior changes in the classroom and beyond for youth.

The Michigan Model for Health is a planned sequential K-12 curriculum that addresses essential health skills and covers:

  • Social Emotional Learning
  • Nutrition and Physical Activity
  • Safety
  • Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drug prevention
  • Personal Health and Wellness
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For learning opportunities around health education, click here

Professional Learning By Month

September 2019
09/24/19 School Attendance Conference: Improving Attendance by Addressing Mental Health/ Wellness
9/11/19-9/12/19 ASIST: Applied Suicide Intervention Skills training

9/20/19 School-Wide SEL for School Teams
9/17/19 safeTALK Suicide Alertness for Everyone
9/24/19 Effective Strategies for Educating African American Males

October 2019
10/1/19-10/2/19 ASIST: Applied Suicide Intervention Skills training
10/2/19, 01/22/20, 4/30/20 Data Based Decision Making K-5 Educators (3 Day Event)
10/2/19 (4 part series) Anti-Racist Leadership Institute
10/10/19 Human Trafficking? In Oakland County?
10/10/19 Nonviolent Crisis Intervention (NCI) REFRESHER
10/22/19 Culturally Responsive Teaching
10/23/19 Non-Violent Crisis Intervention Hybrid Training INITIAL
10/30/19 FBA/BIP Level 1: Basic Principles and Team Processes (Hybrid) face to face session) - September 16-October 25, 2019 Web-based portion

November 2019
11/13/19-11/14/19 Asst: Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training
11/14/20 Bully-Free Schools: A Circle of Support for Learning
11/19/19 and 4/22/19 A Community of Restorative Practitioners
11/21/19 Children of Trauma
11.26/19 and 04/03/20 Restorative Practices: Policies, & Practices

December 2019
12/03/19 Centering Equity in Our Work: Understanding Racial Bias, the Opportunity Gap and Culturally Sustaining Practices
12/03/19 safeTALK Suicide Alertness for Everyone
12/04/19 Resilience, Grit and Post-Traumatic Growth
12/17/19-/12/19/19 Reading Strategies Series: December 17-19, 2019

January 2020
1/8/20-1/8/20 Attribution, Advocacy and Accountability: Supporting all Students with ASD
01/14/120-1/15/20 ASIST: Applied Suicide Intervention Skills training
01/16/20 SLD Overview
01/22/20 FBA/BIP Level 1: Basic Principles and Team Processes (Hybrid) 12/12/19 - 1/7/20 - Web-based portion
01/29/20 Courageous Conversations About Race (4 part series)
01/29/20 Non-Violent Crisis Intervention Hybrid Training INITIAL

February 2020
02/05/20 Trauma and Resilience 101
02/06/20 Executive Function Skills: Success in the Classroom
02/14/20 Restorative Peer Meditation
2/24/20-2/25/20 Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (2 Day Event)
2/25/20, 3/10/20, 03/24/20 (3 part series) Selective Mutism Webinar Series: School-Based Assessment and Intervention Strategies for Multidisciplinary School Teams

March 2020
03/03/20 Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Skills in Schools
03/03/20-03/04/20 Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (2 Day Event)
03/5/20 Human Trafficking? In Oakland County?
03/11/20 safeTALK Suicide Alertness for Everyone
03/14/20 Beyond Bullying
03/19/20 Nonviolent Crisis Intervention (NCI) REFRESHER

April 2020
04/28/20-04/29/20 Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (2 day event)
04/29/20 Non-Violent Crisis Intervention Hybrid Training INITIAL

May 2020
5/27/20-5/28/20 After the Crisis: Traumatic Event Crisis Intervention Planning (TECIP)
5/5/20 Evaluating English Learners with Suspected Disabilities: Resources & Case Studies
5/13/20 Human Trafficking? In Oakland County?

June 2020
6/10/20 safeTALK Suicide Alertness for Everyone

Resources To View

Webinar: Fabulous Comprehensive Look Into This Work

Our own Dr. Julie McDaniel has partnered with International Bully Prevention Association to bring us a comprehensive and inclusive look into social emotional learning, bully prevention, restorative practices and trauma informed practices. Please take the time to view and share often! Integrating this work is vital!
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TED TALK: Dr. Burke-Harris: How Childhood Trauma Affects Health

We have used this 15 minute video as an overview for those interested in becoming trauma informed. let us know if you want a thought-partner about how to process this video with staff.

"Childhood trauma isn’t something you just get over as you grow up. Pediatrician Nadine Burke Harris explains that the repeated stress of abuse, neglect and parents struggling with mental health or substance abuse issues has real, tangible effects on the development of the brain. This unfolds across a lifetime, to the point where those who’ve experienced high levels of trauma are at triple the risk for heart disease and lung cancer. An impassioned plea for pediatric medicine to confront the prevention and treatment of trauma, head-on."
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Resources To Read

20 Tips to Help De-escalate Interactions With Anxious or Defiant Students

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How To Teach Students Who Don't Look Like You

This practical workbook′s strategies, proven activities, reflective questions, staff development activities, and facilitator′s guide will teach how to effectively reach culturally and ethnically diverse students.
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This science-based workbook offers a step-by-step approach to breaking free of harsh self-judgments and impossible standards in order to cultivate emotional well-being.
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Onward: Creating Emotional Resilience In Educators

Ummm. Yea. This could be the BEST book (workbook, especially), I've loved. Why? Because it organizes itself well and gives you a boatload of ideas to build a healthy staff (and class) so that everyone feels safe and everyone feels they belong. You can move around mountains if you accomplish that! Check it out!
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SEL Every Day

SEL is not separate from academics or instruction; it is integral to quality teaching and learning. This book draws on the latest research and resources to offer individual teachers and teacher teams an accessible guide to incorporating SEL into everyday teaching in middle and high school classrooms.

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SEL In The News!

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What is Schoolwide Social-Emotional Learning?

Social and emotional learning (SEL) is the process through which children and adults acquire and effectively apply the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary to understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions.

A systemic, schoolwide approach to SEL intentionally cultivates a caring, participatory, and equitable learning environment and evidence-based practices that actively involve all students in their social, emotional, and academic growth. This approach requires a coordinated strategy across classrooms, schools, homes, and communities.

The goal is to prepare students for long-term success in life and to become responsible, caring citizens in our multicultural society.

For more information, click here:


The Theory Behind the Work

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. Oakland Schools supports the Collaborative on Academic, Social and Emotional Learning's theory of SEL.
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What Does Schoolwide SEL Look Like?

Schoolwide SEL (SW-SEL) engages the entire school community in creating caring, motivating, and equitable learning environments that promote social, emotional, and academic growth. When a school effectively implements SW-SEL, they create a system (deep and wide) that cares for the mental health of their staff and students.

CASEL has created a framework with tools to implement SEL schoolwide. An overview video about Schoolwide SEL can be found here.

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How Does SW-SEL "Venn" with MTSS, PBIS and the Whole Child Model?

When schoolwide SEL is implemented, its impact is felt on both sides of an MTSS framework. This happens because social and emotional competence is essential for all kinds of learning—whether a student is learning behavioral expectations, exploring how to partner with another student to solve a math problem, mastering how to join a game of kickball on the playground, or practicing taking the perspective of a character in a story.

Learning is an intrinsically social and interactive process. When all students have opportunities to develop and practice social and emotional skills, mindsets, and attitudes, students are empowered and the demands of school and life become easier to navigate. Schoolwide SEL, then, is neither solely a behavior support nor solely an academic support, but positively influences both “sides” of an MTSS framework.

We believe the PBIS framework is directly embedded inside SW-SEL. We also believe one leadership/goal team at a school can lead this work effectively for focused school improvement.

The Whole Child approach is larger than SW-SEL, however, SW-SEL done well can impact several of the five tenents of Whole Child, School and Community Model :

  • Each student learns in an environment that is physically and emotionally safe for students and adults.
  • Each student is actively engaged in learning and is connected to the school and broader community.
  • Each student has access to personalized learning and is supported by qualified, caring adults.

In addition, SW-SEL supports several of the 10 components: Counseling, Psychological, and

Social Services: Social and Emotional Climate: Employee Wellness:. Family Engagement: and Community Involvement. For implementation, both SW-SEL and WSCC require a leadership team to assist with coordination of policies, processes, and practices. Equitable discipline systems, for example, can be borne out of both SW-SEL and the WSCC models. They are not competing; they fit well together.

How Do We Move Into SW-SEL?

New Resources Around Social Emotional Learning

Scale It Up: Go District-Wide

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To access the District Resource Center, click here.

INTERESTED in on-site coaching/consultation? We are happy to come to one or more of your SEL/School Culture/PBIS team meetings to help you know where you are, where to go next and offer helpful suggestions about the "how"part. Just complete this request form, asking for school-wide support for social-emotional learning and supporting frameworks.

Other Frameworks/People Supporting SW-SEL

Wishing Everyone A Fabulous September!

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)

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

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