Social Emotional Learning Hub

Social Emotional Learning HubWHY: Improving student academic and behavior outcomes requires ensuring all students have access to the most effective instructional, behavioral practices and interventions. 

All districts, schools, classrooms and the educators serving all CT Learners will need to consider how to embed social, emotional, well-being practices into each aspect of teaching and learning in order to create compassionate learning environments.  

WHO: All Educators and Families  

WHEN: Everyday, Anytime, Anywhere  

HOW: On demand resources are made available to inform, educate and highlight the right resources to develop compassionate learning spaces anytime, anywhere that provide for social and emotional well-being.  

OUTCOME: All CT Learners will have achieve academic and social success.  

Students, families, staff, and the community-at-large will collectively engage to improve the cognitive, physical, social, and emotional development of every child in Connecticut. 

  • Connecticut Family School Partnership

    The Connecticut Family School Partnership brings together the expertise and resources of five diverse educational and family advocacy agencies committed to developing a Connecticut family engagement model that creates a culture of full, equal and equitable partnerships between families, educators, and community partners to elevate student success. This federally funded project, housed at CREC, provides training and supports families, schools and communities.

  • CSDE Social Emotional Learning

    Connecticut State Department of Education believes that the Social-emotional development of all learners contributes to their academic and career success. Together we can help  students understand and respect themselves and others, acquire effective interpersonal skills, understand safety and resilience skills, and develop into contributing members of society. 

    CSDE Social Emotional Learning Webpage 

  • CT Framework for Equitable Partnerships with Families

    Connecticut’s Framework for Family Engagement provides a definition of family engagement that was co-created with families from across the state and is grounded in research and best practice as well as guiding principles for planning and implementing high-impact family engagement programs.

    CT Framework for Equitable Partnerships with Families

  • Families as Partners in Learning

    Building Powerful Partnerships with Families:

    Linking Family Engagement to Student Learning Goals. The CT State Department of Education worked with national experts to create a tool for parents and teachers that links school-family partnerships to goals of the school improvement plan. This online video coaching toolkit helps teachers and parents co-create grade-level home learning activities that are linked to classroom curriculum and key student achievement goals. The website includes sample templates and tools along with a step-by-step process developed with schools in Connecticut and now being used in other states. This model is consistent with the requirements for Title I School-Parent Compacts but is applicable to any school that wants to collaborate with families to align school and home learning for children's academic achievement.

  • Family Engagement with Friday CAFÉ

    Friday CAFÉ is a peer-to-peer learning network for any professional who supports family engagement in schools. Sessions take place one Friday morning each month during the school year in interesting locations across the state; attendance is free. Participants enjoy a brief talk on a given topic followed by facilitated discussion and networking. During COVID-19, sessions have moved online. The opening talk is videotaped and posted online. Friday CAFÉ offers community, encouragement, uplift, and a platform to share emerging best practices. Visit the website for upcoming dates and to sign up for monthly notices. Sponsored by CSDE, CREC, SERC and our Advisory Group.

  • National Family Engagement Resources For Educators related to COVID-19 and school closures

    Engaging Families Virtually

    • This guide includes resources and best practices for engaging parents and families virtually and fostering a sense of community while practicing social distancing. Source: TNTP

    Engaging Families from a Distance

    • Best practices for using strategic automated messaging to enhance communication to students and their families. Source: Proving Ground, Harvard University.

    Messages that Motivate: How to Craft Great Messages for Parents

    • Video presentation on how to create text messages and emails that motivate and empower families to leverage teachable moments at home. Source: Ready4K

    Tools for Educators to Listen to and Learn from Families During COVID-19 School Closures

    • This document provides guidance for educators to listen to families and learn how they and their school can be most supportive during COVID-19 school closures. It offers sample emails, call scripts, and post-conversation reflection and action. Available in English and Spanish. Source: The Metropolitan Center for Research on Equity and the Transformation of Schools at NYU

    Family Wellness Check In

    • This guide provides school staff with a framework to connect with families and to let families know that staff are thinking of them, concerned about them and are available as a resource. Source: Flamboyan Foundation

    E-Learning Overload: 8 Tips Educators Can Give Frustrated, Anxious Parents

    • Tips that educators can share with parents as the pandemic plays out. Source: EdWeek

    Supporting Families and COVID-19: We’ve Got to Get This Right

    • Ideas to help support families during the COVID-19 health crisis, especially those families most impacted and most vulnerable. Source: STEM Next Opportunity Fund.
  • The Parent Toolkit

    The Parent Toolkit is a “one-stop shop” resource that was produced and developed with parents in mind. Produced by NBC News Learn and supported by Pearson and includes information about almost every aspect of your child’s development, because they're all connected.

    Visit the Social Emotional Development Toolkit to get started

  • Wide Open School

    Access high quality resources to support your family needs, learning and planning for onsite and remote teaching and learning with a focus on the emotional well-being of your family of learners.