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This fall, in collaboration with the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL), we launched an online SEL calendar.  This calendar is a public space where those organizations and individuals working on and advocating for social-emotional learning can publish events of interest to the greater SEL community.  A major goal of the calendar is to expand awareness about SEL and engage a wide audience in making SEL an essential element of young people’s education.  You can use the calendar to search for types of events (e.g., conferences and webinars), organizations hosting events, and times when you might want to attend or participate in an event.

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This was an important summer for the kids of Massachusetts.  In August, Governor Deval Patrick made history as he signed Safe and Supportive Schools provisions into law. With the enactment of these provisions, Massachusetts becomes a national leader in supporting schools and districts to create the whole-school safe and supportive environments that can serve as the foundation for all students, including those who have endured traumatic experiences, to learn and succeed.

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Committee for Children took a much more active role in federal policy this year, and we plan to continue our work in this area in the years ahead.   One of our key legislative victories this year was the inclusion of social- emotional learning as an identified area of focus for federal education research.  Our Executive Director, Joan Duffell, wrote a letter to Congressional leaders in support of this provision, and we were pleased when the language was successfully added to the bill that passed the U.S. House of Representatives on May 8, 2014.

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Eric, a Native Alaskan, talks with his father about what to do if he has a “touching problem.” Their cozy, safe home and his father’s gentle way of talking about a sensitive topic provide reassurance to children and the adults who care for them, even while it reinforces the importance of addressing the issue. A beautiful book, appropriate for children of all backgrounds.

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Schools are well-positioned to be places where students feel safe, supported, and protected, and where staff are ready and able to intervene to help protect students from abuse and neglect, but how can they achieve this goal? The answer is through effective all-staff training.

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Although lots of anti-bullying programs are cropping up in response to the problem of bullying, only a handful can stand up to rigorous scientific evaluation. So what do many of these effective programs have in common? Teaching social-emotional skills to kids. Here's a look at just how essential SEL is to bullying prevention.

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