The urgency for social and emotional learning (SEL) has never been greater as educators navigate complex challenges that emerged from this unprecedented year.
To accelerate SEL in school communities nationwide, CASEL and the Allstate Foundation proudly present the SEL Fellows Academy, a first-of-its-kind virtual leadership academy that offers an opportunity to grow and strengthen SEL practices in community with others across the country.
Dr. Travis Bracht, superintendent, is one of just 31 school district and regional leaders from 17 states and that collectively serves more than 1.6 million students to the inaugural 2021 Allstate Foundation Cohort.
"I am most looking forward to learning about SEL at a deeper level and developing an aligned, cohesive, and coherent SEL system where staff and students thrive," said Bracht.
Throughout the course of the year, SEL Fellows will (1) engage in leadership and coaching strategies to address critical problems of practice, (2) develop an implementation plan with localized action strategies, and (3) learn from a growing network of peers and CASEL experts. The SEL Fellows Academy will also be an opportunity to create, test, and refine practical approaches for SEL implementation, and share those insights broadly to strengthen nationwide efforts.
“The Allstate Foundation is honored to support educators embarking on this journey to empower youth through SEL, which will help youth build critical skills to face challenges and find innovative solutions in our ever-changing world,” said Francie Schnipke Richards, vice president of social responsibility and The Allstate Foundation. “This work will not only impact the students served by these educators but have a ripple effect across entire communities.”