Integrated SEL Instruction
Recognizing and refining how we're weaving SEL into academic instruction.
Mental Health Support
Self-harm and suicide prevention + facilitating students’ access to mental health providers.
Promoting student voice + working with families and the community to support SEL.
Rules & Reinforcement
Clearly communicating behavior expectations and acknowledging when students meet them.
Tier 2 Interventions
How to run "plug and play" interventions, match students with the right one, and know how well it's working.
Tier 3 & SpEd Interventions
How to adjust and intensify the "intervention recipe" when our standard approaches aren't enough.
The Big Picture
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(7/16/21) Community building activities (two truths and a lie, would you rather, icebreaker questions, etc.) added to all of the Tier 1/Core Edition Be Good People curriculum pages. As explained in our scheduling guidance, this is one of the activities that many of our schools — particularly secondary buildings — are including in their tier 1 instruction schedules (rotated with Be Good People lessons, extension activities, and teaching rules/routines/PBIS expectations). The community building slide decks include hundreds of discussion questions, and they're split into 4-question "packs" in order to fit into a 15-25 minute morning meeting/advisory/homeroom, etc.
(7/16/21) Additional activity options were added to the same tier 1/Core Edition Be Good People pages. These were originally designed with interventionists in mind and featured with the Intervention Edition of Be Good People, but several of our schools — particularly elementary schools — were interested in offering these at tier 1 as a resource teachers could use on days where a formal SEL lesson isn't scheduled (e.g., as a building we teach our Be Good People lesson on Monday during morning meeting, and during morning meeting later that week a teacher might read and discuss one of the decision-making scenarios with their class).
(7/16/21) Numerous aesthetic and navigational improvements have been made to the SEL website, including a simplified home page and adding a link index to the footer. The footer index gives people one more way to easily jump around the website.
(7/16/21) Across the website, we've improved the button format by using more colors and icons to help people quickly understand what kind of content is being linked to (e.g., websites, documents, videos, podcasts, etc.). For example, check out to the student resources page.
(7/16/21) A button menu was added to the top of the Calming Strategies Toolbox pages. Visitors can click those buttons to quickly jump between the pages in the toolbox. We're very excited that this will make it even easier, particularly for students and families, to explore the Calming Strategies Toolbox.
(7/16/21) The educator section of the website has been re-shuffled. Quite a few of the pages you'll see once you follow that link were previously clustered onto a single website page, and we wanted to spread the content out to give each topic more room to breathe.
(4/19/21) In the Intervention Edition of Be Good People, "In this lesson..." preview slides were added, which replace the previous learning target slides. Because of this added detail early in the lesson sequence, a slide with all of the skill steps written out was moved from before the "Why?" section to the beginning of the "How?" section.
(4/12/21) In the Core Edition of Be Good People, role play reflection questions were removed from the "Activity" section and "Skip to end" buttons were added to all the practice scenario slides.
(4/5/21) We've created a separate Core Edition of Be Good People with lessons designed to fit into 20-25 minutes, the typical allotted instructional time that schools have available at Tier 1. All of the materials you're familiar with continue to be available, and we're now referring to them as "Intervention Edition" to make the distinction clear. They will continue to support Tier 2, Tier 3, and SpEd interventionists. This video explains more about the new Core Edition, as well as providing guidance for developing a unique Tier 1 instructional sequence.
(3/23/21) Smiling Mind released a major app update.
(3/23/21) New basics of behavior video added to that page that explains that content in video form.
(3/23/21) Four new A Slice of SEL podcast episodes about pre-correction prompts, praise, time/energy management tips for educators, and emotional intelligence tools/visuals (e.g., Yale's Mood Meter, Zones of Regulation, etc.).
(2/22/21) New A Slice of SEL podcast episode about setting up rules that work for you and your students. Whether it’s bringing rules to a single classroom, co-developing rules with students, sharing rules across a school (e.g., PBIS), they cover it and talk pros and cons of each approach.
(2/15/21) Mindful STOP poster (page 2) added to the Calming Strategies Toolbox. "Mindfulness" might sound fancy or intimidating, like something you have to set aside time to do, but this poster shows how you can have a "mindful moment" — literally a moment. It's simple, easy and could help anyone: students, educators, and families.
(2/15/21) New A Slice of SEL podcast episode where our team shares many examples of how to build students' Responsible Decision Making skills during academic instruction via integrated SEL instruction.
(1/28/21) Added to Universal SEL Toolkit: Equity, Diversity, and Human Rights Lesson Plans A 12-lesson sequence created for secondary students by the Equality and Human Rights Commission. Downloadable lesson slides, worksheets, videos, etc. — everything is prepped.
(1/25/21) SAMHSA Treatment Locator added to Mental Health Services page. This allows you to search for mental health providers by ZIP code, city, etc.
(1/18/21) New A Slice of SEL podcast episode about integrated SEL instruction. Our SEL team chats about many examples of how teachers can build students’ self-awareness skills during academic instruction.
(1/14/21) New video: Educator Self-Care Resources on the Cross-District SEL Website. The first 5 minutes explain chronic/toxic stress from a biological perspective and emphasizes that "self-care is not selfish." The second half walks through various resources on the website that are meant to support educators. This video was put together for a training in one of our districts, and it could be used in other districts via a synchronous training, asynchronous email/newsletter push-out, etc.
(1/11/21) New A Slice of SEL podcast episode about empathetic listening techniques (AKA "listening with intention," "compassionate listening," "active listening"). This skill set is foundational — if we want teachers, paraprofessionals, etc. to be able to navigate conversations with students about tough topics, be "support people" for students (or colleagues), have successful 1:1 corrective chats with students, etc. this is a listening skill set they need.
(1/7/21) Two 2-minute videos added to the Challenging Talks page that help parents know how to talk to their children about COVID-related financial stress and coping skills, respectively.
(1/7/21) Added to Universal SEL Toolkit: Top 10 Tips handout and two videos (one for educators and one specific to school-based mental health professionals) all on the subject of supporting students with grief and difficulty adjusting during the pandemic. To access, click the link > open dropdown > look for ★ that indicates COVID-19 specific resources.
(1/7/21) Added to Universal SEL Toolkit: Video added that helps peer leaders know how to respond to peers in distress. To access, click the link > open dropdown > look for ★ that indicates COVID-19 specific resources.
(12/22/20) 'This or That' and 'Sign Off' question templates added to DL Student Engagement page.
(12/22/20) Examples of virtual classroom rules slides added to DL Student Engagement page.
(12/22/20) Breakout room support options template added to DL Student Engagement page.
(12/21/20) Mood Meter Jamboard template added to DL Student Engagement page. Great temperature-check ritual, and because Google now lets you set a Jamboard background, students can't edit/delete the Mood Meter, they can only mark over it.
(12/21/20) Added new "Learning from Home" tip sheet & video to General Parent Support page.
(12/10/20) Tip sheet added to the Challenging Talks page to help parents talk to children about a loved one/important person with a serious medical issue.
(12/9/20) Free self-paced self-care course, Managing Emotions in Times of Uncertainty and Stress, now available. It's designed to help school staff better manage their emotions and create supportive learning environments for students. The course was created by Marc Brackett/Yale University, folks whose work we are big fans of.
(12/1/20) Posters added to the Calming Strategies Toolbox for Practice Gratitude and Focus Your Energy Where It Counts (i.e., Spheres of Control). These are designed to be hung in a learning space (at home or at school), kitchen fridge, adult work space, etc. Anywhere they can remind students/families/educators of these resilience-promoting strategies.
(11/30/20) Video + template added to DL engagement page re: visual hexagonal discussion activity.
(11/18/20) More DL student engagement micro-PD videos+tools added: (A) 5 tips for creating moments of connection w/ students virtually, (B) leave audio feedback on student work, (C) use student interest surveys, and (D) very quickly accomplish community building w/ icebreaker questions.
(11/18/20) Micro-PD video and tools added to DL Student Engagement page re: mood check-in rituals.
(11/17/20) Balance app added to Mobile Apps page. Offering a free one-year trial because of COVID-19. Personalized meditation exercises, and you can choose the length.
(11/15/20) Video added to the Mental Health Services page that explains what it's like to set up and attend your first therapy appointment.
(11/1/20) Video added to the General Parent Support page that explains 9 tips for homework/learning from home.