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Social Emotional Learning (SEL)

Monterey County Office of Education’s Social Emotional Learning Vision is to ensure that ALL students are equipped with the skills and competencies that help them successfully navigate and meaningfully contribute to their schools, careers, families, relationships, and their diverse communities. MCOE will establish an interconnected, sustainable tiered system of support to improve social emotional learning development and mental health in our districts and schools.


CDE SEL WebpageCA SEL Guiding PrinciplesCASEL Webpage

Schools, districts, states, and others can use CASEL’s Framework to:

  • Foster knowledge, skills, and attitudes across five areas of social and emotional competence;
  • Establish equitable learning environments and coordinate practices across four key settings that support students’ social, emotional, and academic development.

Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA)

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Youth Mental Health First Aid is designed to teach parents, family members, caregivers, teachers, school staff, peers, neighbors, health and human services workers, and other caring people how to help an adolescent (age 12-18) who is experiencing a mental health, addictions challenge, or is in crisis. Youth Mental Health First Aid is primarily designed for adults who regularly interact with young people. The course introduces common mental health challenges for youth, reviews typical adolescent development, and teaches a 5-step action plan for how to help young people in both crisis and non-crisis situations.

What YMHFA Covers:

  • Common signs and symptoms of mental health challenges in this age group, including anxiety, depression, eating disorders and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
  • Common signs and symptoms of substance use challenges.
  • How to interact with a child or adolescent in crisis.
  • How to connect the youth with help.
  • Expanded content on trauma, substance use, self-care and the impact of social media and bullying.

teen Mental Health First Aid (tMHFA)

teen Mental Health First Aid (tMHFA) is a training program for teens brought to the United States by the National Council for Mental Wellbeing in partnership with Born This Way Foundation. It teaches teens in grades 10-12, or ages 15-18, how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental health and substance use challenges in their friends and peers.

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What tMHFA Covers:

  • Common signs and symptoms of mental health and substance use challenges.
  • Common signs and symptoms of a mental health crisis, particularly suicide.
  • The impact of school violence and bullying on mental health.
  • How to open the conversation about mental illnesses and substance use with friends.
  • How to seek the help of a responsible and trusted adult

🌈✨ Rainbow Connections ✨🌈

The Monterey County Office of Education is committed to supporting all of our students so that they may learn in a healthy, equitable and inclusive environment free from harassment, intimidation, bullying, and discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation.


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Rainbow Connections Crisis Lines

National Suicide Prevention and Crisis Line: 988
Free and confidential support, 24-hour, 7 days a week, for people in distress, as well as for prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals.

The Trevor Lifeline: ​1-8​66-488-7386
Trained counselors are available 24-hour, 7 days a week for persons in crisis, feeling suicidal, or in need of a safe and judgment-free place to talk.

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3.0 SEL Grant

SY 2023-2024

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CalHOPE 3.0 Funding Runs Through the 2023-2024 School Year

The application period for this grant has closed. Grantees will be announced after the awards have been accepted.

All grant requests must meet the guidelines outlined in the following pages.

Promoting Activities & Infrastructure (PAI)

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Prioritize student-facing programming for schools/districts through funding access to new curricula, programming, PDs, wellbeing toolkits, etc.

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Fund professional development stipends for educators to complete the UCB graduate-level SEL courses.

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Fund educators to attend the SEL SUMMIT in Sacramento, May 2-3, 2024.

PAI 1:
Implement equity-centered SEL, Mindfulness & Wellbeing Student-Facing Programming in Schools

Activities may include:

  • Disseminating funds to districts
  • Providing SEL, Mindfulness & Wellbeing resources to districts- curriculum, programming, PDs, wellbeing toolkits, etc.

CalHOPE 3.0 encourages districts to make appropriate programmatic decisions to positively impact their community’s unique needs. Monterey County Office of Education can help make connections with community partners that would support the needs of a district.

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PAI 4:
Fund Professional Development Stipends to Complete UC Berkeley SEL Courses

CalHOPE 3.0 supports funding educators in their professional development through stipends to complete the UCB graduate-level SEL Foundations & other SEL courses through the Greater Good Science Center (GGSC).

These courses are comprised of both asynchronous & synchronous coursework to support educators in SEL, mindfulness, & wellness learning.

PAI 7:
Attend the SEL & Wellness Summit

CalHOPE 3.0 can fund your team’s attendance at the SEL & Wellness Summit hosted by Sacramento County Office of Education. Funding can be allocated toward registration, accommodations, as well as transportation costs.

May 2-3, 2024
Safe Credit Union
Convention Center
Sacramento, CA

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Gretchen Kelly
Program Coordinator II - Multi-Tiered Systems of Support

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