MCESC, CASEL and THINK TV Collaboration to Assist Parents and Educators

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New Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) Collection Released
on PBS LearningMedia, YouTube and the PBS App
The videos, which are designed for educators and parents, were created in partnership with Montgomery
County Educational Service Center in Dayton, and the Chicago-based Collaborative for Academic, Social,and Emotional Learning.

DAYTON, OH – As students return to the classroom after the pandemic, educators are seeing an even
greater need for Social and Emotional Learning (SEL), a process that helps students develop the
mindsets, skills, attitudes, and feelings that they need to succeed in school, career, and life.
To help meet that need, Think

TV completed a collection of videos that show what SEL looks like in
practice, highlighting ways schools are successfully implementing SEL in partnership with the
Montgomery County Educational Service Center (MCESC) in Dayton and the Chicago-based Collaborative
for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL). The videos focus on 10 key indicators of
schoolwide SEL, identified by CASEL.

“There is overwhelming demand for social and emotional learning in schools because students, families,
and educators see the clear connections to academic achievement, mental wellness, and future
readiness.” ” says Justina Schlund, Senior Director of Content and Field Learning at CASEL. “To translate
this demand into effective practices, we need resources that show what high-quality social and
emotional learning looks like in real schools and districts. These videos help leaders understand ten
indicators of quality social and emotional learning that can be applied to their communities.”

Research from CASEL shows that students who participate in high-quality SEL show an 11-percentile
point growth in academic achievement as improvements in mental wellness, behaviors, and longer-term
outcomes like graduation rates. Rather than an add-on program, a robust school-wide approach ensures
that SEL is integrated and practiced throughout the day, from the cafeteria to the classroom to the
playground. The new videos showcase what the 10 indicators of schoolwide SEL look like in action and
how educators in Southwest Ohio are creating a supportive environment for learning for all students.

“These videos will be such a valuable resource for all educators and school administrators because they
give real examples of how local schools have implemented successful, systemwide, emotional, and social
learning strategies to create safe and supportive environments that support the whole child, wholeeducator, and whole school community” said Shannon Cox, Superintendent of the Montgomery County ESC.

The new videos complete the indicators collection, with five of the 10 videos previously released, in
addition to six videos about the Core Competencies of SEL. The videos are housed in collections on PBS
LearningMedia and available on both YouTube and the PBS Video App.
In addition to being available through ThinkTV’s education and public channels, these videos and
resources are available on the CASEL website and used in virtual events and webinars with school and
district leaders and, in Montgomery County, are part of professional learning opportunities for

Support for this project comes from the Broadcast Educational Media Commission of Ohio, in
partnership with the Ohio Department of Education. To learn more, visit

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