Toolkit: Mental wellness resources for educators

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As the Mental Wellness Task Force conducted its work, it found numerous resources that would be useful to administrators. Below is an extensive list of resources, including professional development programs, staff trainings and research publications.


California Department of Education: Social and Emotional Resources — Access documents and guides produced by the California Department of Education and subscribe to an SEL listserv.

Toolbox Project — Building Resilience, Self-Mastery, and Empathy for Self & Others 

Inner Explorer — Series of daily audio-guided mindfulness practices - teaching kids the practical techniques to appropriately handle difficult emotions such as stress, anxiety, anger and more. 

Mind Up —The Goldie Hawn Foundation program created in response to the global epidemic of childhood aggression, anxiety, depression and suicide. Based firmly in neuroscience, gives children the knowledge and tools they need to manage stress, regulate emotions and face the challenges of the 21st century with optimism, resilience and compassion. 

Second Step — A program rooted in social-emotional learning that helps transform schools into supportive, successful learning environments uniquely equipped to help children thrive. 

Social and Emotional Learning Embedded in Core Education Documents — Orange County Department of Education's SEL resource page.


ACSA Publication: Trauma and Teacher Practice — Outlining the need for teachers to participate in the healing process for students recovering from trauma. 

ASCD Publications: Making School a Safe Place —Articles from ASCD's Educational Leadership publication on the theme "Making School a Safe Place."

CORE Districts — Nationally recognized school improvement and accountability system that uses cooperative efforts to implement new academic standards and improve training for teachers and administrators. 

Center for Disease Control: Violence Prevention — CDC Resource on prevention tools and post-trauma tools for violence in communities. 

Ed Week Publication — Article from Ed Week, "Teachers Support Social Emotional Learning but Say Students in Distress Strain Their Skills."

Student Social and Emotional Competence Assessment — This report describes the state of the field of student social and emotional competence assessment and envisions the conditions in which the field can continue to develop in ways that tangibly benefit teaching and learning. 


Kelli Rizzi Director of School and District Support, Shasta County Office of Education — Expert in the area of Trauma Informed Practice and highly engaging presenter on the subject. 

Mental Health First Aid — Training resource for community members for Mental Health First Aid 

National Center for School Crisis and Bereavement — Confident on-site and remote technical assistance and consultation for K-12 school leadership and school professionals dealing with trauma and grief 

Resilience Strategies for Educators: Techniques for Self-Care and Peer Support (RSE) — a one-day Training designed to assist caregivers in schools and school districts to better understand resilience strategies following natural disasters and other emergency events 


Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) Quiz — Quick survey provided by NPR for Adverse Childhood Experiences as a self-evaluation. 

MISCELLANEOUS (multiple categories)

California Department of Education: Child Welfare & Attendance – Resources for student support personnel for addressing chronic absenteeism with publications and toolkits for identifying and linking youths with attendance problems to all appropriate school and community resources. 

Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) — Through research, practice, and policy, we collaborate with thought leaders to equip educators and policymakers with the knowledge and resources to advance social and emotional learning in equitable learning environments so all students can thrive. 

Devereux Student Strengths Assessment (DESSA) — DESSA-mini, a universal screener, provides a reliable and accurate snapshot of student’s social-emotional competence. In just a minute or so results provide a colored-coded score used to identify students who need Tier II or Tier III supports. DESSA also has a massive library of tools, curriculum, and resources based on scores. 

Gaggle — Gaggle’s Student Safety Solution analyzes and reviews the use of online tools and alert the school of potential suicides, self-harm and school threats. 

Lions Quest — Providing schools, communities with the ability to help educate, nurture and empower our youth. Speaking to the needs of our community, as well as designed provide high quality social emotional learning experiences for students. 

Mindful Education — A certified professional and personal developmental course focused on mindfulness and social emotional learning in the classroom. For your personal development we have 12 audio mindfulness practices and a mindful movement video that you can download and utilize as a progressive training. . You can also tune in to monthly webinars to continue learning from experts and to ask questions about integrating these lessons. 

Mindful Schools — Mindful Schools utilizes mindfulness to provide young people with a compass to navigate their lives. Through integrating mindfulness into everyday learning environments of K-12 classrooms, Mindful Schools has trained over 50,000 educators, parents, and mental health professionals who work with youth. 

Tici’ess – Tici’ess provides leadership development through emotional intelligence competencies, racial healing, trauma-responsiveness, SEL (Social Emotional Learning), and family engagement to leaders and teachers. The work is led by Tovi Scruggs-Hussein, an award-winning urban high school principal with over 25 years of emotional intelligence training.

Panorama Education — Panorama Student Success provides a complete picture of every student's academic, attendance, behavior, and social-emotional learning (SEL) progress in school.

Ed Week article — "Teachers Support Social Emotional Learning but Say Students in Distress Strain Their Skills"

Social, Emotional, and Ethical (SEE) Learning — An innovative K-12 education program developed by Emory University, a free online social and emotional curriculum for K-8 (9-12 is in development) with lessons for teachers, professional development online. 

Ghandi 150 — Promoting nonviolence in education by organizing a 90-minute event at educational institutions. Join 1,000 Schools, Colleges and Universities across the United States pledging for peace & nonviolence on the momentous occasion of Mahatma Gandhi’s 150th birth anniversary. 


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