On May 23, 2019 the Newark Trust for Education welcomed over 160 attendees to the second annual Safe and Supportive Learning Environments Citywide Summit. Sessions focused on creating safe and supportive learning environments for our children, both in and out of school. Resources including helpful links, presentations, and readings are outlined below.
Nurturing and Responsive Relationships: Parents and Caregivers Creating Safe Space for Social and Emotional Development (Presented by Abbott Leadership Institute Parent Leaders and Staff; Newark Trust for Education's ParentChild+ Parent Leaders and Staff)
Targeted Social Emotional Supports: Positive Action in Three School Settings (Presented by Avon Avenue School, Belmont Runyon Community School, and Spencer Miller Community School)
Weaving SEL into Classroom Instruction & School Culture: Second Step Pre K - 3 (Presented by Franklin Elementary School, Dr. William H. Horton Elementary School, George Washington Carver Elementary School, and the New Jersey Coalition for Inclusive Education NJCIE)
Widen the Scope: School-based Mental Health Services in Newark (by Pritha Gopalan, Ph.D., Stephanie Parry, and Ronald Chaluisán)
VIDEOS (Coming Soon!)
Collaborative for Academic Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL)
Here you will find detailed information about evidence-based social and emotional learning (SEL) programs and how to make SEL an integral part of education from preschool through high school. This website also includes a sample whole-school framework for creating safe and supportive learning environments.
National Commission on Social, Emotional and Academic Development
Here you will find key resources on integrating social, emotional, and academic development in preK-12 education including case studies that illustrate how districts, schools, and educators are going about this work, research briefs articulating the scientific support behind social, emotional, and academic development and presentations.
National School Climate Center
This website provides information and resources on how schools can create safe, supportive learning environments that nurture social and emotional, civic, and academic growth for all students. It also includes research and policy data on school climate initiatives across the country.
New Jersey Preschool Teaching and Learning Standards
This link provides access to the NJDOE preschool standards, along with optimal teaching practices for the following content areas: Social/Emotional Development, Visual and Performing Arts, Health, Safety, and Physical Education, English Language Arts, Approaches to Learning, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Family, and Life Skills, World Languages, Technology. The document concludes with a bibliography of books, articles, and periodicals that are valuable resources for any professional library.
New Jersey SEL Competencies and Sub-Competencies
This link provides access to the New Jersey SEL competencies and sub-competencies, which provides schools with guidelines for integrating SEL across grades and subject areas.
Social Emotional Learning Alliance for New Jersey (SEL4NJ)
SEL4NJ is an affiliate of SEL4US, a national network of state alliances promoting social-emotional learning (SEL) and related approaches. SEL4NJ replaces the New Jersey School Health and Climate Coalition as the statewide organization that brings together the wide variety of educational, professional and community organizations to promote awareness and provide support for those working to incorporate SEL into their school culture. Here you will find a host of resources for educators, families, policymakers, communities, and businesses.
Trauma Learning Policy Initiative
This website provides a sample whole-school framework for trauma-sensitive schools, helpful resources on trauma, and sample district and state policy initiatives focusing on Safe and Supportive Schools.