SEL Legislation Spotlight
Three states enacted legislation in support of SEL in recent weeks. We’re sharing information about these new acts as well as pending SEL legislation from across the country.
On April 22, Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb signed into law IN SB0205, setting new standards for teacher training programs including evidence-based social emotional learning practices. This bill, which sets new standards for teacher training programs, including mandatory youth suicide awareness and prevention training, also mandates that these programs consider training teachers in evidence-based SEL practices. Learn more about IN SB0205.
Establishes Clayton Model Pilot Program in DOE to provide school-based social emotional learning to students in grades kindergarten through five at certain public schools
On May 11, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy signed into law NJ S2486, establishing the Clayton Model Pilot Program in DOE to provide school-based social emotional learning to students in grades K-5 at certain public schools. This bill to pilot SEL programs in schools across New Jersey passed with strong support. With this new law in place, the “Clayton Model,” proven to positively impact students’ social and emotional health, academic performance, and caregivers’ supports, will be expanded across the state. Learn more about NJ S2486.
Concerning professional learning, equity, cultural competency, and dismantling institutional racism in the public school system
On May 5, Washington Governor Jay Inslee signed into law WA SB5044, supporting changes to WA schools for professional learning, equity, cultural competency, and dismantling institutional racism in the public school system. This law includes guidance for new state standards on antiracist and cultural competence training, research into disproportionate student outcomes, and the integration of SEL. Learn more about WA SB5044
CASEL & CFC Request Funding for SEL Programs
Our partners Committee for Children (CFC) and the Collaborative for Academic and Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL) are inviting national, state and local organizations to sign onto a letter asking Labor, Health and Human Services and Education (LHHS-ED) leadership to fund programs that support SEL at least at $784 million in their FY 2022 spending bill.