Central/Western Regional Update – July 31, 2020

Happy Friday from the Central/Western CS TAC!
NYS Picks

This first link will take you directly to NYSED’s SEL poster campaign. Started in 2019, the campaign aims to acknowledge the importance of SEL development as well as offer direct practice in skill development. NYSED states: “Feel free to download, edit, and use them in your own locations. (Perhaps consider adding a local contact person for SEL in your school, district, agency, or organization.) New posters will be added as they’re released.”


This next link will take you directly to NYSED SEL Resources. These include newly developed COVID 19 resources, the NYSED SEL Benchmarks, SEL framework, whole school implementation, and district developed example cross-walks.


Meg says: “I’ve found the posters so helpful—self management posters 1 & 4 are hanging in my house!”


CS TAC Resources Page Pick:

This 7-page resource is from one of my most favorite technical assistance providers, the Mental Health Technology Transfer Center (MHTTC). This document reviews the role of educators as they support student mental health wellness as well as offers definitions, barriers and recommendations for educators.

Perhaps the most important component of this resource is the annotated list of existing resources and training that instruct educators on mental health literacy. The authors state, “each resource was assessed for cost, modality (online or in-person; length), target student grade level, availability of continuing education credits, and breadth of mental health literacy components covered.”


Meg says: “Best of all, there are easy to read reviews and direct links to resources!”


Tool/Training Pick:

This week, I’ve chosen CASEL’s five-part webinar series, SEL as a Lever for Equity. Each webinar has a different focus centered around equity including, adult SEL to support anti-racist practice, elevating student voice & vision, authentic partnerships, and data practices to dismantle inequities.


Meg says: “I love that they offer participants from both research and district backgrounds, engage in honest discussion, and provide links to valuable resources.”


 NY Schools Picks:

This week, this section is dedicated to all the students, families and educators running summer programs as we head into August. Check out the NYS Museums portal to online educational resources & activities, which has quick links to virtual field trips, virtual summer programs, archived recordings & exhibits and downloadable activities.► LEARN MORE.

Meg says: “For my favorite section, scroll down to the bottom right to find Summer Fun Fridays and “Home”work activities.”


Do you have a community school story that you would like featured in our blog and e-newsletter?

Email Liz Anderson at cstac@binghamton.edu or call 607-777-9383.