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Social Emotional Learning & Wellness

The Santa Cruz County Office of Education is excited to announce our new Social Emotional Learning (SEL) and Wellness Website! The website is intended to serve educators and other youth-serving adults, and families by providing high-quality, vetted resources for developing systemic Social Emotional Learning (SEL) skills and cultivating self-care and resilience. SEL is more important than ever to integrate into our school and classroom communities. We hope this website serves as a helpful tool!  Check it out and share widely!

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The key features of the website include:

Self-care and wellness resources for youth-serving adults and families (available in English and Spanish) (And, YES, if you are wondering, these webpages REPLACE the previous SEL & Wellness resource webpages we have shared in the past- so switch your bookmarks!)

Make sure you check out the Virtual Wellness Experience, which features over a dozen practitioners (many of whom are local to the area) offering short mindfulness practices, yoga sessions, aromatherapy recipes, dance videos, and more! These bite-size offerings are perfect for lunch breaks or after work pick-me-ups or calm-me-downs.

Make sure you check out the Virtual Wellness Experience, which features over a dozen practitioners (many of whom are local to the area) offering short mindfulness practices, yoga sessions, aromatherapy recipes, dance videos, and more! These bite-size offerings are perfect for lunch breaks or after work pick-me-ups or calm-me-downs.

Also included in the website is a Professional Learning Calendar webpage, where upcoming and past SEL and Wellness professional learning opportunities are listed. For example, this month we hosted, in partnership with Community Prevention Partners, a Substance Use Disorder Services for Youth Information Session with over 75 school and community agency staff. You can see the recording here.

Are you wondering what we mean by SEL?

Social Emotional Learning or SEL, is the process through which all young people and adults acquire and apply the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to develop healthy identities, manage emotions and achieve personal and collective goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain supportive relationships, and make responsible and caring decisions. 

SEL addresses educational equity and excellence through authentic school-family-community partnerships to establish learning environments and experiences that feature trusting and collaborative relationships, rigorous and meaningful curriculum and instruction, and ongoing evaluation. SEL can help address various forms of inequity and empower young people and adults to co-create thriving schools and contribute to safe, healthy and just communities. You can learn more here

SEL is more important than ever to integrate into our school and classroom communities. We hope this website serves as a helpful tool! 

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