The Second Annual International Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) Day is scheduled for March 26.
“As a long time educator I have learned the critical importance of social-emotional learning,” said Dr. Lawrence S. Feinsod, NJSBA executive director. “If children do not feel valued and safe, it is not possible for them to learn. So social-emotional learning must take center stage even before we discuss academics.”
The goal is to have schools support SEL by registering at SEL Day Sign-up to showcase, promote, advocate for and support SEL. Schools are being asked to create an artifact and send it out on social media with the hashtag (#SELday) on March 26. The goal is to have #SELday trending worldwide, according to Elizabeth Hansen Warner, president of SEL4NJ.
“If you create an artifact (which many N.J. schools did last year for SEL Day) it would be wonderful if you could send a copy of your artifact (video, photos, blogs, podcasts, etc.) with the theme of your artifact included in the subject line to SEL4NJ,” Warner said in an SEL4NJ press release. “Ideally one or two words…for example ‘Kindness,’ ‘Connection,’ ‘Staff Morale,’ ‘Student Voice,’ ‘Respect.’ We, of course, will be sure to tweet and share the artifact on SEL Day.”
In its October 2019 report, Building a Foundation for Hope, the NJSBA showcased the positive effect social-emotional learning programs have had around the state.
Additional details are available on the SEL Day Sign-up page.