New Video Collection and Content Sharing Partnership Aims to Raise SEL Understanding and Implementation

New Video Collection and Content Sharing Partnership Aims to Raise SEL Understanding and Implementation

When a child walks into a school or logs into a virtual class, they bring more than just their backpacks and their Chromebooks – they bring different experiences and perspectives, their own individual strengths, and whatever stress and trauma they are dealing with at home and in their community too. That not only impacts how they learn, but also the support they need from educators.

That is why we, as a station, have partnered with the Montgomery County Educational Service Center (Montgomery County ESC) and the Chicago-based Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL), to create and share content aimed at helping educators, parents, caregivers, students, and community members understand and make the most out of social and emotional learning (SEL).

“Now, more than ever, it’s important schools create an environment that infuses SEL into every aspect of a student’s educational experience and promotes equitable outcomes for all. Our partnership on this project is grounded in the shared belief that social and emotional competencies are critical for student and adult success, and developing these skills require supportive relationships and learning environments,” said CASEL Vice President of Practice and Programs, Melissa Schlinger.

To meet the needs of educators, parents, and community partners, we have produced five videos focused on CASEL’s Indicators of Schoolwide SEL, five neuroscience videos with Bruce Perry, M.D., Ph.D., an international expert on trauma and its effects on the brain and behavior, and six videos about the Core Competencies of SEL. The videos can be found on PBS LearningMedia, YouTube, and the PBS Video App.

In addition to being available through ThinkTV’s education and public channels, they are available on the CASEL website, are being used in webinars and, in Montgomery County, are being included in training opportunities. Support for our project comes from the Broadcast Educational Media Commission of Ohio, in partnership with the Ohio Department of Education. To learn more, visit