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Advance SEL in CA - Final Report and Recommendations

Advance SEL in California launched to understand challenges related to Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) implementation and gather community-developed recommendations to address those challenges.

Project Goal

Beyond Differences and Education First, supported by a generous grant from the Marin Community Foundation, partnered to support widespread stakeholder engagement in conversations about how to spur action on social and emotional learning (SEL) in California. Our goal was to hear perspectives on SEL from educators and other community stakeholders across the state, to provide leaders and the field with a clear picture of priorities and actionable recommendations for advancing SEL, building on an established foundation.

Read the report!

National Programs

Know Your Classmates

Our innovative national programs have inspired a cultural and behavioral shift at middle schools and high schools across the country. Join our movement to end social isolation by bringing one or all of these programs to your school.

Know Your Classmates is designed to explore middle school youth's identity and belonging, understand traditions, and recognize stereotypes. Multi-cultural and multi-faith backgrounds are common in today's schools and Know Your Classmates is speaking honestly with children about their feelings and experiences with one another. Know Your Classmates Day is Friday, October 23, 2020!

No One Eats Alone

No One Eats Aloneā„¢ teaches everyone how to make friends at lunch, often the most difficult part of the school day. Created and organized by students, this is our most popular program where schools in all 50 United States participate! National No One Eats Alone Day is Friday, February 12, 2021.

Be Kind Online

Be Kind Online is a powerful engagement program for middle school youth, their teachers and families. Focused on creating inclusive communities online, particularly learning to respond to digital gossip to reduce social isolation, Be Kind Online Day is May 14, 2021.

All of our programs encourage taking the pledge to never exclude others, reaching out to someone new, and spreading the word that inclusion is cool!