Social Emotional Learning and Mental Wellness Resources
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.
The Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning’s (CASEL) widely used framework identifies 5 core competencies:
Parent Toolkit- Social & Emotional Development (English/Spanish)
As part of the public media mission to ensure all kids, regardless of their capabilities, have access to continued free educational resources at home, PBS SoCal | KCET, in partnership with LAUSD and in collaboration with California PBS stations, are offering broadcast programming and accompanying digital resources that adhere to California’s state curriculum to provide continued at-home learning.
Heart Mind Online (for Families)
Inclusive Teaching (9-12th)
Personal Identity Wheel
Social Identity Wheel
The Spectrum Activity, Questions of Identity
ClassDojo is a free online-based SEL program that gamifies building a positive classroom climate and is used by many teachers and schools: https://www.classdojo.com/
The Random Acts of Kindness Foundation (RAK) provides free, downloadable evidence based SEL lesson plans: https://www.randomactsofkindness.org/for-educators. This curriculum features complete developmentally appropriate, standards-aligned lessons for grades K-12 with handouts that teach kids important social and emotional skills. Many of these resources can be used by parents and guardians in the home.
Special Enrichment and Learning Using Technology
Here are a few free online resources that can be sources of enrichment and learning activity:
Visit a Virtual Theater
Visit the Stars
Virtual National Parks
The great Wallace Stegner once called America’s national parks “the best idea we ever had”. Equal parts meditative and mind-blowing, these magnificent wildlands somehow make us feel our most humbly—and gratefully—human. They’re our gift to ourselves and our truest escape, whether for a solitary hike or an eight-person family vacation.
And though, for now, we may not be able to visit them in person, we can remember past trips and look forward to future visits with these breathtaking virtual tours, some led by rangers—others self-guided. So set aside your puzzle-making and your Netflix queue and get back to nature (from a distance) with these 5 digital national park tours. I encourage you to watch them with your family and share with your friends, then talk about which park you would like to visit and why.
Things to Do As a Family Without Technology
Nature walks (chatting, collecting rocks and leaves, looking for bugs)
Inventing our own games
Making up skits
Active games (e.g., Frisbee, lawn darts, croquet, basketball in the drive way, Four Square, Hopscotch, running through obstacle courses the kids set up, touch football)
Playing an instrument, singing
Arts & crafts projects
Putting on a play
Outdoor water play
Indoor Hide and Seek
Build a birdhouse or birdfeeder
Cooking meals together
Taking a walk
Establish an exercise routine
Doing volunteer work (e.g., raking an older neighbor’s leaves)
Caring for a pet
Playing board and card games
Looking through old family albums together
Taking fun family photos and videos
Baking cookies together
Make chalk pictures on the sidewalk.
Making pizza from scratch
Trying new food
Building a snow or leaf fort
Playing games such as 20 questions, Simon Says, Charades
Doing a Treasure Hunt
Plant some seeds or a tree
Organize your house, room, junk
Throw out old stuff
Read (books, magazines, graphic novels, etc.)
And remember it’s not about just doing for kids; it’s about doing with kids; learning with kids; learning from kids; and kids learning from each other.
It all began with student voice. As part of the Emotion Revolution, a collaboration between the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence, Facebook, and Lady Gaga’s Born This Way Foundation, tens of thousands of high school students were asked how they felt in school and how they hoped to feel.
Activities (Emotions, Connected & Supported, Safe & Comfortable)
ACT Youth Network: Got Stress?
This section of ACT for Youth's website for young people helps youth explore the purpose of stress, stress signals, coping strategies, and ways to reduce stress.
KidsHealth: The Story on Stress (Kids' Pages)
Written for elementary school age youth, these interactive web pages provide information and guidance on how to identify stressors and cope with them. The website is supported by the Nemours Foundation.
KidsHealth: Stress and Coping Center (Teen Pages)
Written for adolescents, these interactive web pages provide information and guidance on how to identify stressors and cope with them.
MINDFULNESS TOOLS & EXERCISES FOR STUDENTS
Mindfulness is defined as “increased, purposeful, nonjudgmental attention to the present moment." Mindfulness training has been used in the medical field to reduce stress and anxiety and has become increasingly popular with large companies and organizations, including Google and the United States military. More recently, mindfulness-based strategies have been promoted as a helpful tool for educators seeking to improve students’ educational experiences and cognitive and social-emotional development, which can lead to better academic outcomes.
Below are a series of resources to learn more about mindfulness. They have been prepared and made available by other organizations. We provide them here as they may be useful for practitioners, however please note that all content is the property of and reflects the beliefs of the authoring organizations.
Mindfulness for Teens has free audio and video recordings of practices appropriate for introducing mindfulness-based exercises to teens: http://mindfulnessforteens.com
CA Peer-Run Warm Line (1-855-845-7415)
Non-Judgmental Emotional Peer Support
As the CA Peer Run Warm Line is staffed 24/7 by trained Peers with specialized training in supporting mental health challenges, we are already seeing a number of callers with concerns surrounding the virus and associated news reports.
The California Peer-Run Warm Line expanded its services state-wide in October of 2019. We are a toll-free service and operate 24/7 and can be reached at:
Toll-Free Number: 1-855-845-7415
Dear district community member,
With growing concerns regarding COVID-19, we know this is a time of great uncertainty for all of us and our communities. We're here to support you as you navigate access to community-based mental health services. You may take full advantage of the tele-health and virtual therapy resources made available through our partner Care Solace.
As you navigate access to community-based mental health services during this time of great uncertainty, we wanted to remind you that Baldwin Park Unified School District has partnered with Care Solace.
Care Solace is uniquely equipped as a virtual mental health support resource. Their proprietary web-based tool makes it easy to connect with vetted mental healthcare resources and providers in the community.
The Care Solace operations are running as usual and are available to help our community. If you or a family member is experiencing anxiety, stress, depression, or other mental health conditions triggered by the current pandemic, we encourage you to utilize their free services to help access vetted mental health care resources.
Care Solace has online and virtual therapy resources for you to utilize to reduce your exposure to COVID-19.
Their Care Concierge is a virtual resource that is available 24/7 by phone, email, text or video chat.
- Assistance available in English, Spanish, Mandarin and Cantonese.
- Make care appointments for anyone that has a connection to our school district.
- Virtual therapy to connect families with a therapist online. This service allows you to have sessions in the comfort of home and reduce the risk of exposure to the virus.
- Experts in navigating health insurance, wait times, and availability.
As the impacts of COVID-19 evolve, we will continue to monitor this dynamic situation and share updates as they become necessary.
We wish you good health and peace during this stressful time.
Querido miembro de la comunidad del distrito,
Con crecientes preocupaciones con respecto al COVID-19, sabemos que este es un momento de gran incertidumbre para todos nosotros y nuestras comunidades. Estamos aquí para apoyarlo mientras navega por el acceso a los servicios de salud mental con base en la comunidad. Puede aprovechar al máximo los recursos de telemedicina y terapia virtual disponibles a través de nuestro socio Care Solace.
A medida que navega por el acceso a los servicios de salud mental basados en la comunidad durante este momento de gran incertidumbre, deseamos recordarle que Baldwin Park Unified School District se ha asociado con Care Solace.
Care Solace está equipado de manera única como un recurso virtual de apoyo para la salud mental. Su herramienta patentada basada en la web facilita la conexión con los recursos y proveedores de salud mental investigados en la comunidad.
Las operaciones de Care Solace se ejecutan como de costumbre y están disponibles para ayudar a nuestra comunidad. Si usted o un miembro de su familia experimenta ansiedad, estrés, depresión u otras afecciones de salud mental desencadenadas por la pandemia actual, lo alentamos a utilizar sus servicios gratuitos para ayudar a acceder a recursos de atención de salud mental investigados.
Aquellos que necesiten apoyo pueden comunicarse con Care Solace 24/7 al 888-515-0595, enviar un correo electrónico a firstname.lastname@example.org o acceder al exclusivo servicio de nuestro distrito: caresolace.com/bpusdfamilies
Care Solace tiene recursos de terapia virtual y en línea que puede utilizar para reducir su exposición al COVID-19.
Su Care Concierge es un recurso virtual que está disponible las 24 horas, los 7 días de la semana, por teléfono, correo electrónico, mensaje de texto o video chat.
- Asistencia disponible en inglés, español, mandarín y cantonés.
- Hacer citas de cuidado para cualquier persona que tenga una conexión con nuestro distrito escolar.
- Terapia virtual para conectar a las familias con un terapeuta en línea. Este servicio le permite tener sesiones en la comodidad del hogar y reducir el riesgo de exposición al virus.
- Expertos en navegar seguro de salud, tiempos de espera y disponibilidad.
A medida que evolucionen los impactos de COVID-19, continuaremos monitoreando esta situación dinámica y compartiremos actualizaciones a medida que sean necesarias.
Le deseamos buena salud y paz durante este momento de estrés.
在这个充满不确定性的时期，当您在寻找社区的心理健康服务时，我们想提醒您，Baldwin Park Unified School District 与Care Solace合作。
Well-Being and Social-Emotional Learning Resource Bank
Emotional intelligence, well-being, resilience, connection, and kindness are skills that can be taught and developed over time—with practice. Below are a series of research-based resources to support daily efforts to develop these vital human capacities inside and outside of the classroom.
CASEL SEL Resources during COVID-19 (Parents and Educators) https://casel.org/covid-resources/
Well-Being, SEL, and Mindfulness Courses and Practices: Resources for Adults and Teachers
- Greater Good in Action (GGIA) collects the best research-based practices for a happier, more meaningful life—and puts them at your fingertips in an online format that's easy to use: https://ggia.berkeley.edu/.
- Free 8-Week online Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Course (with Certification): http://palousemindfulness.com/index.html. MBSR is the most studied and empirically supported secular mindfulness program in the West. Find schedules or in-person MBSR classes near you here: http://www.mbsrbc.ca/pages/classes.htm.
- The Mindful Awareness Research Center (MARC) at UCLA provides a variety of meditation types and lengths for an introduction to meditation that you can practice on your own: http:// marc.ucla.edu/mindful-meditations
- Center for Investigating Healthy Minds UW-Madison has created a Well-Being Toolkit with practices they have found in their research to support both physical and mental health: https://centerhealthyminds.org/your-well-being-toolkit
- Free resources designed by teens, educators, and SEL experts to create more positive school climates and foster greater wellbeing in schools: https://inspired.fb.com/
Well-Being, SEL, and Mindfulness Research and Information
- The Collaborative for Academic and Social-Emotional Learning (CASEL) is the clearinghouse for SEL research, policy and practice information: http://www.casel.org/
- The Science of Happiness: Learn science-based principles and practices for a happy, meaningful life: https://edx.org/course/science-happiness-uc-berkeleyx-gg101x-4
- Free Yale University course on the Science of Human Emotion: https://youtube.com/watch?v=8KFFkNhID4Y&list=PLh9mgdi4rNewieO9Dsj- OhNBC9bF4FoRp.
- Free Online Course on the Science of Meditation: https://coursera.org/learn/science-of- meditation
- America Mindfulness Research Association (AMRA) – Great resource for latest research; sign up for their monthly research roundup email: https://goamra.o
Resources for Youth and the Classroom
Well-Being, SEL, and Mindfulness Practices and Programs
- GRITX.org is a Young Adult and Family Center is located on the campus of the University of California at San Francisco. Their mission is to provide adolescents and young adults with the highest levels of mental health care, so they can become their most authentic selves, with a love of life and a deep connection to others and the world around them. We inspire grit, teach them how to find resilience, and to tell their own stories, their own way. The interactive website Gritx.org allows you to discover, explore, and get support.
- Edutopia is a comprehensive online platform that shares current best practices, lessons, media, and strategies of what works in K-12 education: https://edutopia.org/about.
- ClassDojo is a free online-based SEL program that gamifies building a positive classroom climate and is used by many teachers and schools: https://classdojo.com/
- The Random Acts of Kindness Foundation (RAK) provides free, downloadable evidence- based SEL lesson plans: https://randomactsofkindness.org/for-educators. This curriculum features complete developmentally appropriate, standards-aligned lessons for grades K-12 with handouts that teach kids important social and emotional skills.
- The Mood Meter is an research-based SEL application to build greater emotional awareness and regulation in teachers and students: http://ei.yale.edu/mood-meter-app/
- Inner Explorer program is a series of 5-10 minute audio-guided mindfulness practices. Daily practices teach students techniques to handle negative emotions such as stress, anxiety, anger and more. PreK-12. https://innerexplorer.org/
- MindYeti is a free online mindfulness platform and mobile application for kids made by the creators of Second Step (The Committee for Children): https://mindyeti.com/sessions
- Mindful Teachers offers free tips and activities for implementing developmentally appropriate mindfulness practices in the classroom: http://www.mindfulteachers.org/
- Mindfulness for Teens has free audio and video recordings of practices appropriate for introducing mindfulness-based exercises to teens: http://mindfulnessforteens.com
- Paid theory-based and research-supported mindfulness and emotion skills training program for teens: http://learning2breathe.org/
Well-Being, SEL, and Mindfulness Information and Assessment
- Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) Resource Finder: http://www.selresources.com/sel- resources/sel-apply-resources/. The Resource Finder provides a variety of resources to help you learn about SEL, to apply teaching methods, and to assess your
- Heart-Mind Online is an online-based resource portal to social-emotional learning lessons, practices, and information: http://heartmindonline.org/.
- The Early Development Instrument (EDI) is a free questionnaire that measures five core areas of early child development that are known to be good long-term predictors of adult health, education and social outcomes: http://earlylearning.ubc.ca/edi/
- The Middle Years Development Instrument (MDI) is a free questionnaire that asks children in Grade 4 and Grade 7 how they think and feel about their experiences both inside and outside of school, which is strongly linked to well-being, health and academic achievement: http://earlylearning.ubc.ca/mdi/
- The Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS) was developed to help teachers improve what matters most in the classroom—the interactions that drive learning and development: http://teachstone.com/classroom-assessment-scoring-system-class/
The Greater Good Science Center send our heartfelt support to you and your loved ones—including your students—during this extraordinary moment in time.
It’s no surprise that teachers across the globe are rising to the occasion and educating their students, whether connecting online, sharing activity packets, recording read-alouds, or inventing other creative teaching methods—while taking care of their own loved ones and trying to stay healthy.
Because that’s what teachers do—and we acknowledge you with gratitude and awe.
In support of your efforts, we have compiled Greater Good in Education practices and other resources that offer ways to address student and adult anxiety in this time of uncertainty, and that cultivate our human connection through kindness, compassion, and other prosocial qualities. If there is something you need or that you think will benefit others, please do not hesitate to reach out to us.
As educators we know that classrooms in the future may look back at this time and wonder what it was like to live through this. May the memories brought forward be filled with those moments where we took care of each other—and may those moments become not just memories, but our new reality. For more educator, parent and student resources https://ggie.berkeley.edu/school-challenges/supporting-learning-and-well-being-during-the-coronavirus-crisis/?_ga=2.168068263.744707567.1591317064-1510607096.1591317064#tab__1