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Social Emotional 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.

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The Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning’s (CASEL) widely used framework identifies 5 core competencies:

 

CASEL Wheel & Compentencies

 Download the CASEL Wheel & Competencies (PDF)

 Download in Spanish (PDF)

PARENTS

 

Parent Toolkit

 

Parent Toolkit- Social & Emotional Development (English/Spanish)

http://www.parenttoolkit.com/topics/social-and-emotional/social-and-emotional-development?lang=en

 

Playworks

PBS

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.

https://www.pbssocal.org/pbs-news/at-home-learning/ 

 

Heart Mind Online (for Families)

https://heartmindonline.org/resources/for-families 

 

Inclusive Teaching (9-12th)

Personal Identity Wheel

https://sites.lsa.umich.edu/inclusive-teaching/2017/08/16/personal-identity-wheel/

Social Identity Wheel

https://sites.lsa.umich.edu/inclusive-teaching/2017/08/16/social-identity-wheel/

The Spectrum Activity, Questions of Identity

https://sites.lsa.umich.edu/inclusive-teaching/2017/08/16/1213/

 

EASE
Employee Assistance Service for Education (EASE) is available to employees and their families by Baldwin Park Unified School District through the Los Angeles County Office of Education.

   

                Classdojo

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.

 

Center at UCLA: Activities for Kids While Schools are Closed
 

Special Enrichment and Learning Using Technology

 

Here are a few free online resources that can be sources of enrichment and learning activity:

San Diego Zoo Animal Cameras

Virtual Museum Tours

5 Virtual Garden Tours

Visit a Virtual Theater

LA Theater Works

Kennedy Center Digital Stage

Metropolitan Opera nightly encore shows

Visit the Stars

Spot the Space Station

What's Up: Skywatching Tips from NASA

 

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.

Kenai Fjords National Park

Bryce Canyon National Park

Carlsbad Caverns National Park

Dry Tortugas National Park

Volcanoes National Park

 

Things to Do As a Family Without Technology

 


Nature walks (chatting, collecting rocks and leaves, looking for bugs)

Board games

Inventing our own games

Puppet shows

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

Journal/diary writing

Outdoor water play

Indoor Hide and Seek

Bird watching

Build a birdhouse or birdfeeder

Cooking meals together

Jigsaw puzzles

Taking a walk

Establish an exercise routine

Picnicking

Bike riding

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

Clean house

Phone friends/relatives

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.

 
 

STUDENTS

 

Inspired

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)

https://inspiredstudents.org/activities/

              

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.

Youth Web Pages

 

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.

Children's Web Pages

 

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.

Youth Web Pages

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.

 

 

 

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/.

 

 

  • 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

 

 

  • 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/

 

 

 

 

  • 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. 

     DISCOVER: Self-Care ToolkitCatch Your BreathSkills StudioSelf-Interview

     EXPLORE: SketchbookJournalGrit Xpeditions, and coming soon Grit Stories 

 

     Tools for Kids - Visit the KidsHealth.org website and click on the "for Kids" dropdown menu to explore topics including FeelingsRelax & Unwind Center, and many more.

     Tools for Teens - Visit the KidsHealth.org website and click on the "for Teens" dropdown menu to explore topics including MindStress & Coping Center, and many more.

 

  • 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.

 

 

  • 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

 

 

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/

 

 

Greater Good Science CenterSupporting Learning and Well-Being During the Coronavirus Crisis
 

The Greater Good Science Center send their 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, they 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 kindnesscompassion, and other prosocial qualities.

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 

 
 
STAFF
EASE Information

Employee Assistance Service for Education (EASE) is available to employees and their families by Baldwin Park Unified School District

through the Los Angeles County Office of Education.