Friday, November 9, 2012

$1 Million Challenge Grant for Social and Emotional Learning Announced

Photo from Left to Right: Sharon Raven, AISD Director of SEL; Dr. Meria Carstarphen, AISD Superintendent; Betsy Abell, Buena Vista Foundation; Jennifer Buffet, NoVo Foundation; Carmel Borders, Tapestry Foundation; Jeanne Klein; Roger Weissberg, CASEL
On November 7th, Jeanne and Michael Klein, Betsy and Hughes Abell of the Buena Vista Foundation and Carmel and Tom Borders of the Tapestry Foundation announced a $1 Million challenge grant in support of expanding the Social and Emotional Learning initiative. AISD  invites support from national and local donors to match this gift and fulfill AISD’s vision for all students to acquire and effectively apply social and emotional skills by 2016. 

About the Initiative: The Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) Initiative helps children and adults acquire and apply attitudes and skills necessary to manage emotions, persevere, develop resiliency, establish positive relationships and make responsible decisions. SEL is currently being implemented in 57schools, reaching 44% AISD students. The initiative is also supported by the Collaborative for Academic,Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) and the NoVo Foundation.

Social and Emotional Learning at AISD: 
Watch the video below to learn more about Social and Emotional Learning at AISD or visit 

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