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Social Emotional Learning and Mental Health Well Being Resources and Tools for Educators 

Research shows that SEL and mental health well-being is the foundation of academic success and is even more critical during times of crisis. The following resources offer guidelines, strategies, and information for educators to manage stress, practice self-care, and build SEL skills with their students.  

Promoting Mental Health and Well-Being in Schools: An Action Guide for School and District Leaders This action guide was designed for school administrators in kindergarten through 12th grade schools (K-12), including principals and leaders of school-based student support teams, to identify evidence-based strategies, approaches, and practices that can positively influence students’ mental health. 

SEL And Mental Health: Making Connections with VTmtss - This document is intended to be used by school systems that are reviewing and improving their system of social-emotional learning and mental health supports and will be most effective when used in conjunction with the VTmtss Systems Screener, the VTmtss Framework, and VTmtss Driver Diagram as an organizational tool for action planning.  

SEL VT Platform contains a series of professionally developed modules to help educators easily incorporate materials into their lesson planning. In addition, classroom teachers can provide a link to their students so they can directly access materials for lessons. Please visit the SEL VT Platform to register and gain access to a walkthrough video, tools, and content.   

Talkspace - The Vermont Agency of Education is partnering with Talkspace to provide message-based therapy and self-guided resources to educators in Vermont. The Getting Started with Talkspace document provides information as well as answers to Frequently Asked Questions. Contact: Meg.Porcella@vermont.gov 

The BEST Project (Building Effective Supports for Teaching) provides training, coaching and technical assistance to supervisory unions and supervisory districts to better support to students experiencing emotional or behavioral challenges. BEST provides support to schools based on a strategic plan and annual training calendar, with a goal to build statewide, regional, and local capacity. Contact: Laura.Greenwood@vermont.gov  

The Vermont School Mental Health Systems Toolkit - The AOE, in partnership with the Vermont Department of Mental Health, has created this toolkit to support Local Education Agencies, schools, community advocates, and local leaders working together to assess, identify, prioritize, and fund school-based mental health services. This toolkit is a collection of resources for school/community leadership teams to enable them to learn about a problem of practice and identify approaches for addressing it.