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2020 CDE Social and Emotional Learning State Team

Information regarding the 2020–21 California Department of Education (CDE) Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) State Team.

The CDE established a SEL State Team in June 2020. Co-led by the Educator Excellence and Equity and Expanded Learning Divisions, members were tasked with helping to identify and disseminate best practices to provide SEL supports for students and adults in California. The team consisted of educators and experts who were selected through a competitive application process. Members worked in three smaller working groups that focused on the following subtopics: policy recommendations, resources, and development of SEL conditions and competencies. This State Team met virtually through June 2021.

State Social and Emotional Learning Team Members

The following is a list of State SEL team members and their organizations.

Name Organization
Aaron Bryan Office of the Fresno County Superintendent of Schools
Aileen Allison-Zarea California Department of Education
Amanda Gilmartin Saddleback Valley Unified School District
Amelia Herrera Modesto City Schools; California State University, Stanislaus
Amy Cranston SEL4CA
Amy L. Eva Greater Good Science Center
Audra Casanova Stanislaus County Office of Education
Barbara Murchison California Department of Education
Barbara Short Heart in Mind
Ben Dhillon Visalia Unified School District
Brent Malicote Sacramento County Office of Education
Carla Truttman Siskiyou County Office of Education
Channah Cook-Harvey Sacramento County Office of Education
Christina Whalen RethinkEd
Christine Olmstead Orange County Department of Education
Curtis Sarikey Oakland Unified School District
D. Lacy Asbill Moving Forward Institute
Diane Crum California Department of Education
Elizabeth Cushing Playworks
Emily Oliva California Department of Education
Felicia Singleton-Daniel San Diego County Office of Education
Greg Palatto Badillo Elementary School
Heather Peck Cupertino Union School District
Heidi Stevenson Education Consultant
Hilary Hendricks California Department of Education
Jami Parsons Orange County Department of Education
Jamie Smith The Internal Potential
Jeff Davis California AfterSchool Network
Jennifer Chappell Marsh Chappell Therapy
Jennifer Peck Partnership for Children and Youth
Jenny Morgan MathAction
Julia Agostinelli California Department of Education
Karen Taylor California Teachers Association
Kate Hazarian Folsom Cordova Unified School District
Kathy King Riverside County Office of Education
Katie Brackenridge Turnaround for Children
Katina Lambros San Diego State University
Laura Talmus Beyond Differences
Lorena Magallanes Bonita Unified School District
Mai Xi Lee Sacramento City Unified School District
Marcie Poole La Habra City School District
Margaret Sedor Sweetwater Union High School District
Marina Delgado Alexander Science Center School, Los Angeles Unified School District
Marnie Norris Inclusion Matters by Shane's Inspiration
Mary Hurley Collaborative for Academic Social and Emotional Learning
Megan Ceja University of California, Los Angeles Lab School
Michael Funk California Department of Education
Michael Gray Long Beach Polytechnic High School, Long Beach Unified School District
Natalie Sedano Desert Mountain Special Education Local Plan Area
Nicole Quinn Sacramento City Unified School District
Pamela McVeagh-Lally Non-profit and Philanthropic Consultant
Raul Gonzalez California Teachers Association
Roman Stearns Scaling Student Success
Rosa De León Californians for Justice
Rose Bomentre Baldy View Regional Occupational Program
Serena Arias Visalia Unified School District
Sonny Kim Oakland Unified School District
Stu Semigran EduCare Foundation
Susan Ward Roncalli Los Angeles Unified School District
Susie Morikawa California Department of Education
Tracy Yates Canyon Crest Academy
Valerie Shapiro University of California, Berkeley
Wendy Baron Co-Founder Emeritus, New Teacher Center, Current: Teaching and Leading for SEAD

State Social and Emotional Learning Team Work Products

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Last Reviewed: Friday, November 17, 2023