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SEL Implementation Grants to Benefit Local School Systems

In 2015, the foundation awarded planning grants to the Bellingham, Milford and Framingham Public Schools to develop plans for implementing a Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) framework within their respective districts. SEL is the process through which children and adults acquire and effectively apply the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary to understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, and make responsible decisions. Research shows that children with strong social-emotional skills perform better in school, have more positive relationships and better mental health outcomes.

Now with their plans complete, the foundation's board of trustees recently approved three-year, $105,000 implementation grants for each district.  The grants are designed to help each school system train personnel in grades K-5 on SEL systems, beliefs and practices leading to improved school culture.  In addition to the grants, the foundation will be supporting the districts through a "learning community" where they can share best practices and learn from those systems that have successfully implemented SEL practices. 



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