We are a non-profit organization dedicated to developing a state network of SEL advocacy and support that focuses on promoting high quality SEL integration into all schools and communities across the state of Texas.
COVID-19 SEL Supports
As local, state, national, and international leaders work to curb the spread of the COVID-19 virus, many communities across the country are experiencing a heightened level of fear, anxiety, and worry during these uncertain times. Parents, educators, youth development professionals, childcare providers, and others are looking for ways to help young people reduce, manage, and cope with the fears, worries and anxieties that might be provoked by this health crisis and continue to develop the social and emotional skills they will need for managing and coping with future life challenges. We’ve compiled a list of resources to support these efforts. Check back periodically, as we will be updating the list.
Former Austin High student writes bill to give kids the skills that changed her life
Monica Rios could have dropped out of high school and never attended a college class. But this 25-year-old made a decision in eighth grade that changed the course of her life. She decided to take the AVID class — Advancement Via Individual Determination — offered to high schoolers who would be the first generation of college students in their families.
And she did it at Austin High, a place that combined the AVID class curriculum with a class that teaches social and emotional learning skills to freshmen…
Teachers are calling for schools to prioritize integrating SEL learning practices and strategies.
Principals say SEL is essential, but want more guidance, training and support to teach these skills effectively.
SEL Investments Yield Returns
On average, for every $1 invested in SEL programming, there is a return of $11.