North Carolina SEL Newsletter

Implementing SEL Across Our State

In this issue

  • Key NC SEL Resources

  • NC SEL Implementation update to State Board of Education

  • Winter 2020-2021 Released Resources

  • NC SEL Implementation Update

  • SEL and Educational Equity

  • Important Dates

Key NC SEL Resources

If you are wondering where to start to learn more about Social and Emotional Learning (SEL), start here: Key NC SEL Resources. All resources are free.
CASEL: Overview


CASEL Overview video and webpage
The Impact of Social and Emotional Learning


Impact of SEL video and webpage

NC SEL Implementation Update to State Board of Education

Listen here for an update on SEL to the State Board of Education. The presentation starts at 2:58 with an introduction from Mr. Reginald Kenan.

Additional Resources: Presentation Slides and Resources

December 2020 State Board of Education Meeting, Dec.2, Part 2

Winter 2020-2021 Released Resources

North Carolina Resources

  • Creating a Professional Culture Based on SEL Online Course- Creating a Professional Culture Based on SEL online course is now available. Participants of this course will navigate their own learning on an SEL journey as they explore the six elements of building a professional culture based on SEL: adult SEL competencies, cultural responsiveness, examining implicit bias, adult self-care, professional learning support through collaborative relationships and family, and community engagement. Additional resources: Flyer and Overview

  • NC SEL Webinar Series: Integrating SEL in Content Areas- In October, the Integrating SEL in Content Areas Webinar Series was launched. All webinar recordings are available here: Webinar Series Recordings: Integrating SEL into the Content Areas. These recordings support the use of the NC SEL Standards Mapping Documents. These documents show connections between existing standards in twelve content areas and CASEL's Core SEL Competencies. Each document provides acknowledgments, an introduction, and activities & practices across each CASEL Core SEL Competency, and standards alignment with each CASEL Core SEL Competency.

  • NC SEL Webpages- The North Carolina Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) pages are now available! On the website, you will find key information on North Carolina’s implementation, including a definition of SEL, the CASEL Core Competencies, the impact of SEL, our state’s vision and goals for implementing SEL, alignment with the State Board of Education Strategic Plan, equity and SEL Connections, and the NC SEL Implementation Plan. Additional pages include communication, equity, resources, and answers to Frequently Asked Questions.

National Resources:

NC SEL Implementation Update

North Carolina joins CASEL’s Collaborating States Initiative

North Carolina joined CASEL's Collaborating States Initiative and formed the North Carolina SEL Implementation Team. This team is a cross-agency (North Carolina Department of Public Instruction and North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services) and cross-division, including eleven divisions. As part of CASEL's Collaborating District Initiative, Guilford County Schools has also joined our state team. Our state team used CASEL's State Education Agency Theory of Action to create a state implementation plan. The plan is organized in four focus areas, including Building Foundational Support and Plan, Strengthen Adult SEL Competencies and Capacity, Promote SEL for Students, and Use Data for Continuous Improvement.

A special thank you to 450 students and 76 adults across North Carolina who collaborated on the creation of the vision statement and goals for

Social and Emotional Learning in North Carolina Public Schools.

Vision for Social and Emotional Learning for North Carolina Public Schools

North Carolina PK-12 public schools are safe, productive, restorative and enjoyable learning communities where each student, staff, and family member experiences mutual respect and a sense of belonging. In partnership with families and communities, our schools provide equitable academic, social, emotional, and behavioral learning through positive relationships and modeling by compassionate adults. Immersed in a supportive system, our staff value their own social and emotional learning as a form of self-care, care for colleagues, and care for students. The same supportive system produces resilient students who graduate empowered to solve problems, communicate effectively, empathize with others, and pursue goals for further education, employment, and contribution to their communities.

Goals for Social and Emotional Learning in North Carolina Public Schools

  • Build and/or align state and local infrastructure to support social and emotional learning (SEL)

  • Identify and promote statewide use of best practices for adult and student social and emotional learning (SEL)

  • Track, assess, and share advancements in social and emotional learning (SEL) across the state

NC SEL & Equity Project Update:

Forty-two LEAs, charters, regionally based laboratory schools, and non-traditional schools are collaborating through the project to scale up systemic SEL by defining/redefining their core social and emotional learning (SEL) plan. Two key resources for this project are the Core SEL Practices online course and the Insights: SEL as a Lever for Equity and Excellence report.

Upcoming Winter and Spring Key Activities

  • Enhance student voice and SEL partnerships

  • Launch NC SEL Landscape Map

  • Launch phase two of NC SEL Website including free currently available SEL resources for students

Additional NC SEL Implementation highlights are available here: NC SEL Implementation Flyer.

SEL and Educational Equity

From CASEL’s SEL as a Lever for Equity Website

  • CASEL Report on “Emerging Insights on Advancing SEL as a Lever for Equity and Excellence” (2020). Read more.

  • The Building Equitable Learning Environments (BELE) Framework, a collective of diverse educators. Access the BELE Framework Resources.

  • Curated resources in response to COVID-19: Actions for Equity

  • Owning Your Power to Raise Kids That Challenge Racism with Dr. Bloodine Barthelus and Dr. Debbie Rivas-Drake. Webinar

  • The Urgency of Educational Equity Now with John B. King, Jr. and Karen Pittman. Webinar

  • Leading for Equity in Challenging Times with the National Equity Project. Webinar

  • Building a Culture of Equity Through SEL with Robert J. Jagers, Taryn Ishida, Roberto Rivera, Dena Simmons, and Meena Srinivasan. Conference Plenary Video

  • SEL Research Library: Category – Equity

Important Dates

January 20- Southeast Mental Health Technology Transfer Center (MHTTC) Virtual Learning Session, “Promoting Mental Health Awareness in Schools which will be on January 20th from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM Eastern. Everyone has mental health, which is an essential aspect of our overall health, wellness, and success. Moreover, less than half of the youth who need mental health services and supports receive them, due to stigma or not knowing how to get help. This learning session will focus on evidence-based, practical strategies for schools to reduce stigma, increase awareness about the importance of mental health, and promote literacy about what mental health is and how to access supports when needed. Innovative strategies currently used in the Southeast will be featured and we invite you to share your innovations during the meeting as well. Learning objectives:
  • Increase understanding mental health awareness and related concepts such as mental health literacy and stigma.

  • Increase knowledge of local examples in the Southeast region of taking action to promote mental health awareness among students and school staff.

  • Promote cross-state networking and shared learning about best practices, successes, and challenges of addressing mental health awareness.

  • Register here Southeast MHTTC

January 22- Teacher Reflections: Discoveries about Teaching & Learning That Will Last Beyond the Pandemic
In the fall, educators across the country were thrust into an unprecedented school year that required rethinking how learning and development occurs in distance-learning classrooms. While the need for social and emotional learning is more evident than ever, new types of learning environments have required teachers to look beyond their traditional classroom strategies. Join us to hear from three teachers that navigated social distancing requirements, virtual platforms, and unfamiliar instructional practices to discover new connections and new insights that centered and elevated SEL and equity. Recommended for school leaders, educators, and teachers, attendees will learn about how challenges became discoveries that will lead to equitable SEL innovations beyond the pandemic. Register here: CASEL Weekly Webinars

March 15- Friday Institute’s Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) for Educators free, online course registration closes. Course Objectives include: To provide educators with a foundational knowledge of SEL through the lens of the CASEL framework; To build an understanding that SEL competencies are skills to be taught, not traits to be inherited; To guide educators in building a repository of resources, activities, and skills to bring back to their classroom, school, and learning community; To foster an understanding of the importance of educators' own SEL skills to developing the capacity to support students' SEL skills; To provide educators with strategies to model and cultivate SEL competencies in interactions with peers, students, and families to help build SEL culture in their school; and to leave participating educators with an understanding of the importance of SEL competencies to the growth and development of justice-oriented, global citizens. Register here: Friday Institute SEL for Educators

Resilience & Learning Opportunities- presentations and discussions on trauma-informed education topics and ways we can build resilience for our students and our staff in these continued challenging times. Registration link. (Register to join live or to receive the recording after the session.) Information on topics are in the flyer. Upcoming webinar dates:

  • January 27, 3-4pm
  • February 24, 3-4pm
  • March 31, 3-4pm
  • April 28, 3-4pm

NC SEL Implementation Team

NC SEL Webpages

Revised May 25, 2021