Social Emotional Learning Day March 11, 2022


The Maine Department of Education and The Office of School & Student Supports recognizes how difficult the past few years have been on every Maine educator, support staff, and student in our schools.  On #SELDay, educators, community partners, and families across the globe will collectively take a few moments to intentionally build a greater awareness for the importance of social emotional learning for helping to cultivate a strong sense of humanity. 

As educators, we are instrumental in helping grow “Good Human Beings”, teaching from the “Heart ~ Brain” connected place, and building a strong sense of Self Awareness, Self Management, Social Awareness, Relationships and helping students to Make Responsible and Reasonable Life Decisions.  Many of you already access our SEL4ME program, a comprehensive PreK-12th grade library of CASEL-aligned and trauma informed lessons to help children learn all aspects of SEL.  We’ve also provided for you a list of easily accessible links to elementary read alouds, mindfulness activities, and positive affirmations to embed into your lesson plans to help you structure your lesson plans around SEL DAY.

We are so grateful to your dedication and steadfastness to your profession and your love and commitment to your students.

We are proud to serve and support you~

Kellie D. Bailey MDOE SEL Specialist

Raise Awareness
        MDOE #SELDay Events (see below)

The Theme for Maine DOE SEL International Day 2022

Growing Our Self Awareness

CASEL defines Self Awareness as the abilities to understand one's own emotions, thoughts, and values and how they influence behavior across contexts. This includes capacities to recognize one's strengths and limitations with a well-grounded sense of confidence and purpose.

To mark the third annual #SELDay, join other parents and national leaders to learn about how to best equip your kids with the emotional life skills they’ll need for success in school, relationships, work, and life.


A Historical Perspective of Maine’s SEL Journey
7:30 AM to 8:00 AM
Location: Recorded


Featuring Pender Makin, Commissioner of Education; Mary Herman, Director of Special Projects for MDOE; Ana Hicks, Children’s Cabinet Coordinator; Bear Shea, Coordinator for Climate, Culture, and Resiliency Team; Facilitated by Julie Smyth, Director of O3S


Cultivating Self Awareness for Adults 
8:00 AM to 9:00 AM
Location: Recorded

Sponsored by Kellie D. Bailey, SEL Specialist: 



SEL and the Importance of Movement
9:00 AM to 10:00 AM
Location: Recorded

Sponsored by Jean Zimmerman, PE Specialist-Join PE Specialist Jean Zimmerman as she shares a favorite TED Talk... 1. TED talk 27 min 2. yoga 10 min 3. walk 25 minutes



SEL in the McKinney-Vento World
10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Location: Recorded

Sponsored by Amelia Lyons, McKinney-Vento Specialist-View this prerecorded informative and thoughtful guide on improving communications between our schools and our students who qualify for McKinney-Vento support. Amelia Lyons, our MDOE McKinney-Vento Specialist, adapted this presentation from the NYS-TEACHS "Communication Guide for McKinney-Vento Liaisons." The NYS-TEACHS is funded by the New York State Education Department. Amelia is looking for an audience of McKinney-Vento liaisons and others who work with students experiencing housing instability and are committed to relationship building and better communication with students. Communication guide + scenario discussions-



SEL and Food Insecurity
10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Location: Recorded

Sponsored by Rebekah Sousa, Vista is a Volunteer In Service To America (VISTA) with Americorps working with the Ending Hunger in Maine by 2030 cohort.  In this presentation, we will exercise our SEL muscles considering our own feelings about food and perceptions of the food needs of our neighbors struggling with financial insecurity.  Examining food systems and food culture, we can more clearly assess the narrative around hunger and focus on our collective responsibilities.  Fitting in with the themes of this year’s SEL Day, Rebekah hopes this can be a time of finding common ground and working toward the common good.

Other resources to improve food security in Maine:

Resource Hub of Services & Supports statewide:


SEL for School Nurses 
11:00 AM to Noon
Location: Online
Evaluation and certificate

Sponsored by State Nurse Consultant Emily Poland & Nurse Specialists Tammy Diaz and Sarah DeCato

 Watch Ted Talk prior to Live session AND Read the following article from the Relentless School Nurse

Brain 101: Stress, Dysregulation and Response 
11:00 AM to Noon
Location: Recorded

Sponsored by Bear Shea, Mental Health Specialist

Multi-Tiered Systems of Support and SEL
Noon to 1:00 PM
Location: Online
Via Zoom

Sponsored by Andrea Logan, MTSS Specialist, and Jon Monroe, Analyst Manager– MTSS in Challenging Times is about the challenge of maintaining focus on Tier 1 supports during a time of heightened needs and strained resources. How can schools adapt their Tier 1 strategies to the post-pandemic situation? How can school leaders and staff prepare to intensify preventive supports without overburdening staff? How can we be proactive in identifying needs for upper-tier supports when the effects of the pandemic are so broad and so little information about students is available? And, in general, what is the role of MTSS in the post-pandemic situation?



Finding Common Ground/Pursuing Common Good through Health Education, Health Promotion and SEL
1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Location: YouTube recording coming soon!

Handout of presentation

Sponsored by Health Education and Health Promotion Specialist Susan Berry and featuring Cristina Stade leading a yoga experience. This session in alignment with the #SELDay theme, Finding Common Ground/Pursuing Common Good will look at how health education and SEL work in tandem for life skill development and student success. Examples of lessons that address health education standards and CASEL competencies will be shared. We all know self-care is important to our health and there are so many options to meet various needs and personalities. In this session we will explore and share self-care tools and even practice a couple of strategies including yoga techniques you can do anywhere, anytime by Cristina Stade.. 
1:00 - 1:30 p.m. - Finding Common Ground/ Pursuing Common Good...Understanding how HE and SEL work together for student success. Useable examples to be shared.
1:30 - 1:45 p.m. Sharing, exploring and practicing quick and doable self-care tools and ideas.
1:45 - 2:00 p.m. Yoga techniques you can do anywhere, anytime by Cristina Stade.  


Meet the Maine School Safety Center Team 
2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Location: Online via Zoom

Sponsored by Maine School Safety Center- Get to know the Maine School Safety Center. Members of the Maine School Safety Center would like to introduce themselves and make you aware of the services they offer. All of the training on school safety is established best practices and assistance is FREE. Watch the MSSC video and then join in a Q&A with staff.

Register in advance. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.


Closing Celebration with Kellie D. Bailey
3:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Location: Online via Zoom

Close out #SELDay with Kellie D. Bailey, Maine DOE SEL Specialist

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