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How should WA define social emotional learning?

By RAMONA HATTENDORF
Vice President, CPPS of Seattle

The Sumner School District has embraced social emotional learning and created this video for students and families. (A great example of outreach, by the way!) But just what is “social emotional learning,” and does the work in Sumner align at all with the work in Seattle, where the district is rolling out RULER? (See here, and here.)

Washington State has a Social Emotional Learning Benchmarks Workgroup to craft a shared definition and propose K-12 standards that build on the state’s early learning guidelines.

They now have a draft and are asking for feedback. Their final recommendations are due to the governor October 1. You can review the draft benchmarks here . The state workgroup wants to know what you like, dislike, think is missing, and any other comments.

There are 3 ways get involved and help to provide feedback:

1.  You Can Organize and Host a Forum : The SEL Benchmarks workgroup has created a focus group protocol that you can use to host a feedback forum for your community.   You can find everything you need to host a forum here.

2.  You Can Attend an Upcoming Community Forum : You can find out when and where they will be by checking here. (July 20 and August 17 have been reserved, but locations are still to be determined.)

3.  You Can Complete the Online Survey :  An online survey tool has been developed to facilitate more extensive stakeholder feedback.  You can find the link to the survey here. (Note: You need to review the proposed benchmarks first)

LEARN MORE: Learn about the advocacy work around social and emotional learning at SEL for Washington, www.selforwa.com.

CONNECT: There is also a social emotional learning group on Facebook where you can connect with people interested in this subject and access resources that they are sharing.

… AND MORE! You might also be interested in the whole child partnership between University of Washington Tacoma and Tacoma Public Schools (here). The University of Washington also has the 3DL Partnership (three dimensional learning) between the School of Social Work and the College of Education. Both the City of Seattle and Seattle Public Schools are partners of the 3DL group.

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