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February 2019
This serves to update you on the work of the North Country Partnership for SEL Practives advisory group, as well as to make you aware of some of SEL related opportunities in the region/state. Please be sure to share opportunities that others may be interested in with any of the NCP4SELP core team: Lori Langlois,; Kelly Dussault,; Shelli Roberts,, or Mollie White, These updates will be sent out periodically. 

Trauma-Conscious Teaching
Speaker: Alex Shevrin Venet
Date: May 9, 2019 from 4:00 to 7:00 PM
Location: Littleton High School
Sponsor: North Country Reading Council
Cost: $10.00 Please submit a check payable to North Country Reading Council to Karen Klos, C/O Littleton High School, 159 Oak Hill Avenue, Littleton, NH 03561. Wraps, salad, and refreshments will be served.
Registration: Contact Heather Wright at by May 6, 2019.
venet photoAlex Shevrin Venet is a teacher educator through Antioch University New England and Castleton Center for Schools, and an instructor at the Community College of Vermont. She offers workshops and seminars in Trauma-Conscious Pedagogy and Reflective Practice, Preventing and Addressing Vicarious Trauma, Teacher’s Trauma Tool Box and Fostering Resilient Learners workshops through Antioch as part of their Microcredential in Trauma-Conscious Teaching.
Alex believes that all students deserve a safe and caring school environment and that we create this environment through unconditional positive regard for the person and conditional response to the behaviors, recognizing the dynamics and complex lives of our students.

Call for proposals:
SEL in Trauma Sensitive Schools Summer Summit

call logoHere is an opportunity to share your SEL/trauma expertise. If you are not there yet, you may want to make note of the dates so you can plan to attend.
SAU 9 is hosting a summit on July 25 and 26, 2019 in North Conway, NH. This professional development opportunity will bring together experts in the SEL and trauma fields to facilitate a two-day learning opportunity for educators and community members. During the conference there will be keynote presentations--including Cassie Yackley, Psy.D, break-out sessions, and opportunities for school-based teams to engage in conversations around supporting social emotional skill development within trauma sensitive environments.
The organizers are currently seeking proposals for keynote addresses and break out sessions. If you would like to share your expertise, please complete the proposal form. Sessions should be either an hour or two hours in length.
Proposal form: Submit here
Proposals deadline: March 1, 2019
Questions: Direct questions to Kadie Wilson, Assistant Superintendent of Schools in SAU 9 at or by calling (603) 447-8368.

The advisory committee for the NCP4SELP continues to meet monthly. The group has focused on how to develop guiding documents for schools and partners for building from the core SEL competencies identified by Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL). Looking at SEL from infancy through adulthood, the goals of this group are to:
  • Develop guidelines for best practices in SEL to inform policy
  • Identify resources and partnerships to strengthen the systems connected to social and emotional well-being in the region
As we embark on this effort, we are reviewing the work of other states and utilizing guidance documentation from CASEL and American Institutes for Research (AIR). We are pleased to announce that Linda Dusenbury, Ph.D. of AIR has agreed to consult with the group on our process in developing these regional guidelines and recommendations. We are also excited to share that Susan Craig, Ph.D, author of titles including Trauma-Sensitive Schools: Learning Communities Transforming Children's Lives, K–5 and Trauma-Sensitive Schools for the Adolescent Years: Promoting Resiliency and Healing, Grades 6–12 has agreed to be involved and review our work. Additionally, many of our schools continue to work closely with Cassie Yackley, Psy.D. and we are fortunate to have her expertise in the field of trauma-sensitive schools informing our work as well.
The advisory committee consists of: Jackie Daniels (Lisbon Principal), Kelly Dussault (SAU 36 System of Care Coordinator), Lori Langlois (NCES Director), Jessica Loiacono (SAU 36 School Board), Kelly Noland (SAU 84 Director of Student Services), Danielle Oakes (Parent),  Jessica Riendeau (SAU 7 Project Aware Coordinator), Shelli Roberts (Bethlehem Principal), Jim Ross (Woodsville Elementary Principal), Kerry Sheehan (SAU 36 CIA Director), Lynda True-Carter (SAU 20 School Counselor), and Mollie White (Executive Manager, Coos Coalition of Young Children & Families).

NHASEA Annual Education Conference:
Creating Trauma Sensitive Schools

Dates: March 14-15, 2019
Location: Portsmouth, NH
Sponsored by: NH Association of Special Education Administrators
Keynote presentations:
  • Dr. Melissa Sadin, Director of the Attachment and Trauma Network,
    Ducks & Lions: Trauma Sensitive Resources – “Creating Trauma Sensitive Schools”
  • Lara Kain, National Consultant – Trauma-Informed Schools and Communities, “Building Resilient Communities” and Integrating Whole School Initiatives: A Holistic Approach to Building a Trauma-Responsive School”
  • Jeff Q. Bostic, MD, EdD, Professor of Psychiatry, MedStar Georgetown University Hospital – “Managing Students with Complex Mental Health Needs: Expanding the Options”
Download conference program

Teach Social-Emotional Learning through Academics
Speaker: Michael Andersonanderson
Date: April 11, 2019 from 9:00 to 3:00
Location: Red Jacket Mountain View Resort, North Conway, NH
Sponsored by: UNH Professional Development & Training
Social and emotional learning (SEL) skills are critically important for students’ success in school and beyond. Students need skills of self-awareness to set realistic goals and make good choices about their learning. Social-emotional learning supports students self-management skills to focus on learning amidst distractions and persevere when learning gets challenging. Students must also learn key social awareness and relationship skills in order to work well with others. Importantly, these are the very skills that employers are most looking for in their employees.
If SEL skills are what students need to be successful, we need to teach them! The good news is that teaching SEL skills is not "something else to do." Social-emotional learning isn’t about holding separate social skills groups or having gimmicky school-wide events. Weave SEL skills right into the fabric of daily instruction using simple and practical strategies
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