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- Do we have SEL specific Maine Learning Results/Standards? Are they in development?
The Maine Department of Education does not have, nor are there current plans to develop SEL standards - Below Are Optional Examples Of Standards & Progressions Which Align With Maine’s Whole Student Philosophy
- California Competencies: Continuums For Early Elementary, Late Elementary, Middle School, High School and Adults, As Well As Links To Resources
- Minnesota Benchmarks: Benchmarks For K-3, 4-5, 6-8 and 9-12 - This Document Includes Sample Activities & Related Academic Standards
Our Interdisciplinary Instruction Team embeds social and emotional learning into traditional academic content. Additionally, applying strategies from Harvard's Project Zero's Thinking Routine Toolkit, will lead to infusing lessons with social and emotional learning.
Additionally, we offer the following guidance as you choose explicit SEL lessons.
- Does the Maine DOE offer guidance on how to assess SEL?
The Collaborative For Academic And Social Emotional Learning (CASEL), does not recommend SEL assessment for accountability
- American Institutes For Research - Stop, Think, Act Toolkit For Assessment Tool Selection
- Does the Maine DOE recommend any specific SEL programs?
The Maine DOE does not recommend any specific SEL programs. Our philosophy rests on:
- Systematically teaching, modeling, and facilitating the application of social and emotional competencies in ways that allow students to apply them throughout their days
- Establishing safe, caring, and highly engaging learning environments involving peer and family initiatives and schoolwide community-building activities.
These two strategies are mutually reinforcing. Positive learning environments help students learn and further develop social-emotional competencies; meanwhile, classrooms, schools, and communities filled with socially and emotionally skilled students are more caring and safe. Weissberg, R. P., & Cascarino, J. (2013). Academic Learning + Social-Emotional Learning = National Priority. Phi Delta Kappan, 95(2), 8–13
Resources for Responding to Trauma
The Office Of School and Student Supports has compiled resources to support building leaders, and school staff, responding to traumatic national news.
- SEL4ME Maine's social and emotional learning platform - (Provide feedback here!)
- Slides From MSMA 10-28-22 for Professional Learning
- SEL & Picture Books.pptx
- 2 Minute Talk - The Purpose of Black History Month
- Web Based Lessons:
- Downloadable Tools:
- SEL Across School Contexts:
Infographic On Learning Names (Download) created by the Maine DOE SEL Implementation Specialist
- Implementing SEL In Early Elementary Classrooms:
- Implementing SEL Through Reading. Spotlight: Picture Books
- Considering Awe
Awe might be our most undervalued emotion. Here's how to help children find it. - Washington Post 11/30/21
Kellie D. Bailey
Social Emotional Learning/Restorative Practice Specialist - Certified in social emotional learning with expertise in the brain science behind emotions.
Our SEL specialist works in partnership with our family engagement and cultural responsiveness specialist, McKinney-Vento specialist - who supports students who are experiencing unstable housing, and Migrant Education Program Specialist - who supports students with highly mobile families.