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SEL in Action Awards Informational Webinar - Shared screen with speaker view
Erin Popelka, Ed First (she/her)
24:39
Welcome! We're so glad you're here. Thank you for joining today
Victor Terry
26:28
Good evening, do you share the recorded webinar afterwards?
Jani Nygaard
26:58
Hi Victor, yes we will share this recording on the website and will email it to all who registered for this webinar.
Scott Lohmann
27:42
Scott Lohmann
Fly By Nature Foundation - Victor Terry
27:44
Thank You
Kate Bokrosh
27:46
Hello! Im an SEL teacher in Columbia, MD!
Jani Nygaard
27:46
Jani, Education First, Portland, OR
Averyl Dietering
27:46
My name is Averyl Dietering. I'm with Western Justice Center. I'm joining from LA.
Allison Staffin
27:51
Hello. I am Allison Staffin with Cherry Hill High School West in Cherry Hill, NJ
Taren Kobyra
27:51
Taren Kobyra from Circle of Seasons Charter School in Fogelsville, PA
Suz Fix (she/her)
27:51
Hi everyone! My name is Suz Fix, I'm with Roots of Empathy and joining from Seattle, WA.
Andrew Krupp
27:51
Hello! Andrew Krupp, School Psychologist from Whitewater Wisconsin
Andrea Summers
27:53
Hi, Andi Summers with the Foundation for Portland Public Schools. Joining from Portland, ME
Courtney Senousy-McClung
27:54
Hello! I m with Thrival Academy Indy in Indianapolis!
Sheri Almond
27:56
Hi, Sheri Almond, Cumberland County Public Schools VA
Joe Pinto
27:56
My name is Joe Pinto. I’m with Boston Adult Technical Academy. I’m joining from Boston, MA.
Oriana Filiault
27:58
Hello, Oriana, intervention Counselor at Franklin Middle School in NH
Kelly Bell
27:58
My name is Kelly Bell. I’m with Ingenuity Prep in SE Washington, DC
Carrie Shershanovich
27:58
Carrie Shershanovich, Howard Co Public Schools, Maryland
Madeline Mason
27:58
I’m from Indianapolis, IN and I serve as a middle school SEL coach
Helene Mantell
28:00
Helene Mantell,Ossining School District, Ossining, NY
Jackie Reynolds
28:00
Kristy Hunt and Mason Williams, Putnam County School System
Tihela Feit (she/hers) | Christopher House
28:00
Tihela Feit, Christopher House, Chicago, IL
Darin Jones
28:00
Darin Jones MTSS/Coach CNUSD CA Norco CA
Bonniette Claggett
28:01
HI, I'm the Founder/CEO for Finding Your FootPrint Foundation, Inc. I am located in Clarksburg, MD
Sherry King
28:01
Sherry King, School in the Square Public Charter School, Washington Heights, NY
Michelle Klein
28:01
Michelle Klein, From Northern Kentucky
Megan Czarnyszka
28:02
Hello! I'm with SKY Schools joining from Milwaukee, WI
Jae Paik
28:02
Hello! My name is Jae Paik and I am joining from San Francisco, CA.
Alexandra Friedeman
28:02
Allie Friedeman from Impact Public Schools out of Tukwila WA and serving south Puget Sound!
Rachel Hughes
28:03
I’m Rachel in Ohio
Julia Friedland
28:03
Hi all - Julia joining from Chicago, IL
Ann Betterton (she/her)
28:04
I'm Ann Betterton. I'm with Young Audiences New Jersey & Eastern Pennsylvania
Elizabeth Brovey
28:04
Elizabeth Brovey - Pittsburgh Public Schools - Pittsburgh, PA
Rhonda Threet
28:05
Hello everyone, from Pittsburgh Public School Distirct
Anne Truran
28:05
I’m Anne Truran, with KIPP, in St. Louis, MO
Amber Smith
28:06
Good evening! My name is Amber Smith. I am the Community Project Manager on the Project AWARE Grant in Rensselaer City School
Lawren McConnell
28:07
My name is Lawren McConnell, I’m Albuquerque Public Schools in snowy New Mexico
Emily Ellinghausen
28:07
Emily Ellinghausen , I’m with Cumberland Middle School, Cumberland Va
Mika Cohen Jones
28:07
Hi, Mika joining from El Paso Texas
Suzie Focht
28:07
Hi! Suzie Focht from Ysleta ISD in El Paso, TX
Wendy Chovnick
28:07
Wendy Chovnick with the Be Kind People Project in Phoenix, AZ
Meagan Downey
28:07
Meagan Downey, Robinson Nature Center Columbia MD
Jodi Boyle
28:07
My name is Jodi Boyle. I am with the Elk Grove Unified School District in Elk Grove, CA
Tarasa Lown
28:08
Hi all, Tarasa from CESA 33 in SW Wisconsin
Julie Hodson
28:08
Hello! I'm Julie Hodson, I'm with Spring Branch ISD in Houston, Texas.
Ismael Soto
28:09
Jason Hernandez, Magnolia Public Schools, Los Angeles, CA
Scott Lohmann
28:10
Scott Lohmann, Voices College-Bound Language Academies, San Jose, CA
Crystal Love
28:10
Portland, ME!
Angela Arroyo
28:10
My name is Angela Arroyo, I’m with Austin Achieve Public Schools, in Austin, TX!
Amanda Stonerock
28:10
billings MT
David DenHartog
28:12
Hi Friends! David DenHartog with Green Schools National Network, from Boise, ID
Jeanne Gustafson
28:12
Jeanne Gustafson
Brittany Bazaldua
28:12
HI! Brittany Bazaldua with Austin Achieve Public Schools in Austin, TX!
Michelle Houle
28:12
My name is Michelle Houle, I’m with the San Diego County Office of Education, I’m joining from San Diego, CA
Ismael Soto-Magnolia Public Schools
28:12
Hello, Ismael Soto with Magnolia Public Schools in California
K. Dionne- KD3 Enterprises
28:13
Hello! My name is Keisha Dionne, and I am with the SEEDS Program with Dallas ISD. I am joining from Dallas, Texas!
Janet Capocci
28:13
Janet from Legacy Project of Stark from Canton, Ohio
David Howes
28:13
Hello Dave Howes from EASTCONN in Connecticut.
Andrea Owen
28:13
Andrea Owen, Grants Manager with Communities In Schools of South Central Texas in New Braunfels, TX
Mualla Yazici
28:14
Hello, this is Mualla from Chicago!
Rebecca Sanders
28:17
Hello. I am Rebecca Sanders, Director of Title Services from River Forest Community Schools. Hobart IN
Susan Walker
28:17
I'm Susan Walker, with KIPP St. Louis.
Graciella Rossi
28:17
Graciella Rossi West County DIGS, California, School Garden Project
Lisa Gregoire
28:17
My name is Lisa Gregoire, with the SWWC Service Cooperative, District #991 in SW Minnesota. Soooo cold here today!
Raiko Knight
28:18
Raiko- Delray Beach, Fl
Aylin Martinez
28:19
My name is Aylin Martinez. I am with SBISD. I am joining from Houston, Texas.
Adam Kozlove- Activities Beyond the Classroom
28:19
Adam Kozlove- Activities Beyond the Classroom, Cincinnati, Ohio
Alyssa Gargasz
28:20
Hello, My name is Alyssa Gargasz. I'm with George Junior Republic Grove City Area School District from Grove City PA.
Maricela Fernandez
28:20
Maricela Fernandez, LAUSD, Los Angeles CA
Kaitlin Krause
28:21
Kate in Brooklyn, NYC from Rising Tide Effect
David Fraser
28:22
David Fraser- Jaffrey-Rindge Cooperative School District New Hampshire
Tiffany Nobles, MPA, GPC
28:22
Tiffany Nobles of T. Nobles Grant Consulting in Columbus, OH representing one of my clients.
Kristin Condie
28:22
Kristin CondieBT BOCESApalachin Ny
Sarah Buckley
28:22
Hi! Sarah Buckley from atlanta
Kimberly Baker
28:23
Kim Baker from Jaffrey NH
Fly By Nature Foundation - Victor Terry
28:24
Hi, my name is Victor Terry - Executive Director of Fly By nature Foundation out of DC. We are a Youth Wellness Organization with SEL curriculum.
Kim Lickley
28:25
Kim Lickley Jerome School District, Jerome, Idaho
Judith Munter
28:25
Judith Hollister, CA
Michelle Strawder
28:25
East Hartford, CT Goodwin University Magnet School System
Bonnie Meadow
28:26
Bonnie Meadow living in Woodstock, NY (the famous one)
Alexandra Turner
28:27
I am Alexandra Turner, I work with Inclusive Arts Vermont, and joining you from the land of the Abenaki peoples, know also as Burlington, VT
Aubrey Nelson
28:28
Hi! Joining from Memphis TN
Anne Wilber
28:29
Anne Wilber with Communities In Schools of Hampton Roads in Portsmouth, VA
Rebecca Alegria
28:30
Rebecca Alegria, Los Angeles California
Jeanne Gustafson
28:31
Monticello, Illinois Jeanne Gustafson
Florence Bright
28:33
Hello I am Flo Bright from Hillsborough, NC
Rebecca Mertz
28:34
Hello! I am Becky Mertz with Grove City School District, and my school is on a Juvenile Placement Facility. We are from Grove City, PA--about an hour north of Pittsurgh.
julie avirett
28:34
Hi I’m julie from tallahassee FL
Nancy Ng
28:37
Nancy Ng, Oakland Unified School District, California
Tanesha Windom
28:40
Hi Everyone! Tanesha Windom from My Sister's Keeper Highland Park, Michigan
Rahimah Wynn
28:40
Good Evening, Rahimah Wynn with Genesee Community Charter School from Rochester, NY
Nancy Blum
28:42
Nancy Blum, Team of Stars, Silver Spring, MD
Michelle Mitchell
28:44
I'm Michelle Mitchell with Brookline School District from Boston, MA.
Donna Flanagan
28:47
Donna Flanagan, Chicago
Teressa Clark
28:51
Hello, Teressa Clark from Mobile, Alabama. Asst Dir of Donor Relations and Family Programs at Alabama School of Mathematics and Science
Jacqueline Paniagua
28:52
Hi everyone, my name is Jackie Paniagua. I’m with Plaza Comunitaria Sinaloa and joining from Los Angeles, CA!
Ronette Dill
28:53
Ronette Dill, Polk County Schools, North Carolina
Susan Kirkpatrick
28:59
Hi all! Susan Kirkpatrick from Ohio. I teach SEL to 1st and 2nd graders in Canal Winchester. Love what I do!
Autumn Kleiner
29:15
Hi! Autumn from Project LEARN in Lowell, MA
Judith Palmer
29:16
Judy Palmer, Winsted, CT
Dawn Swanson
29:24
Dawn Swanson with River Forest Community School Corp, Lake Station Indiana
Stephen Gould
29:27
Hello, My name is Steve Gould the Grant Manager for Randolph Public Schools in Randolph Massachusetts
Jackie Reynolds
29:36
Jackie, Cookeville TN
Erin Popelka, Ed First (she/her)
29:42
Welcome, everyone! Thank you so much for joining today. We're so glad you're here!
Jennifer Dougherty
30:23
Jennifer Dougherty - Friendship Academy of the Arts in Minneapolis, MN
Mary Pat Weidner
30:28
Development- Nativity Prep Wilmington DE
Khanh Tran (she/her)
30:34
Hello from a parent & school volunteer in Los Angeles!
Carol Montgomery Fate
31:12
Carol Montgomery Fate from Glenbard Parents as Teachers/CASE, Glen Ellyn, IL
Erin Popelka, Ed First (she/her)
33:29
https://selforteachers.org/
Jani Nygaard
34:15
Thank you, Kelly!
Matthew Karam
36:05
Private school can apply?
Pamela Janes
36:18
A school principal would be eligible as lead applicant for a standalone charter school?
Jan Kary
36:49
Non-profit private schools eligible? Our school serves children K-12 with special needs. But we're not a public school - are we eligible?
Jani Nygaard
36:58
@Matthew - Only educators and other staff at public schools and districts are eligible to apply.
Erin Popelka, Ed First (she/her)
37:17
See these eligibility requirements and the link to apply at our website here: https://education-first.com/sel-in-action-awards/
Darin Jones
37:22
Is it possible for more than one teacher at a site apply and win the award? Can a district award and individual teacher awards be given at same time? thanks
Matthew Karam
37:30
Thank you
Jani Nygaard
37:54
@Pamela - yes, you would be eligible as lead applicant
Nancy Ng
38:07
Can the lead applicant be 2 teachers for a district level award?
Rebecca Mertz
38:13
Are school districts required to "match" funds with the Educator-Led Awards?
Florence Bright
38:20
Can a Head Start Pre-k class Teacher apply if classroom located in a Public School?
Carol Montgomery Fate
38:48
Would an employee from a special education cooperative working with districts be able to be the lead applicant?
Megan Czarnyszka
38:55
Can different school districts/teachers apply partnering with the same SEL org
Carol Montgomery Fate
39:12
Or a state board of education funded birth to 3 prevention program?
Amanda Stonerock
39:54
Joe can you clarify, if a district is a 501c, they cannot be a led organization?
Sherry King
39:55
What about if we partner with the city community college? Can some of the funds be directed toward that entity?
Jani Nygaard
39:56
@Darin - yes, more than one teacher at a site can apply and be awarded. And an educator from the same district and a district-level award could also apply/be awarded.
Helene Mantell
40:01
Can you clarify if it is the individual educator/employee who is applying or is it the District on behalf of the educator/employee? Does a 501c3 have to be the applicant?
Erin Popelka, Ed First (she/her)
40:19
If we don’t get to your question today, please email SELinAction@education-first.com
Jani Nygaard
40:39
@Rebecca - no, there are no matching requirements.
Tiffany Nobles, MPA, GPC
40:47
Is a charter school with a program in partnership with a private school able to apply for the program as the lead applicant?
Fly By Nature Foundation - Victor Terry
40:48
Can a nonprofit partner with more then one school? If they work with SEL Curriculum with multiple schools
Aubrey Nelson
40:58
Are university training and laboratory public schools eligible? (We receive public per pupil funding)
Amanda Stonerock
41:20
Thank you, which email should this be sent to?
Judith Munter
41:33
If a district applies in partnership with a nonprofit organization, is it a subcontract?
Erin Popelka, Ed First (she/her)
41:47
If we don’t get to your question today, please email SELinAction@education-first.com
Tanesha Windom
41:47
Would an SEL educator under contract to teach on campus during the school day be eligible?
Joe Pinto
42:04
Are there particular kinds of program expenses that you consider especially impactful? Or kinds you don’t fund/don’t consider impactful?
Andrea Summers
42:55
If our district applies as the primary applicant, can the funding actually go to our affiliated public education foundation (a 501c3) and let the receive and track the funds?
Suz Fix (she/her)
42:58
I work for an outside organization and have partnered with a counselor as my lead applicant - I want to do the bulk of the work in filling out the application, but noticed that to create a profile you need to be the lead applicant. Is there a way for me to fill out the application, but have my teacher partner ultimately be listed as the lead applicant? I know schools are overwhelmed right now and want to take as much of the load as possible.
Autumn Kleiner
43:19
Does the lead applicant need to be a FULL time district employee? We are are 501c3 that creates high impact programs for the public school & we have a direct collaboration with the district, but our employees only work part time actually IN the schools
Janet Capocci
43:21
Was an LOI due on 2/1?
Sherry King
43:51
Can the funds be used in part for the development of a new school that will be opening in 2023 with a strong SEL component?
Joe Pinto
44:01
Also can an alternative (public) HS that receives transfer students from multiple schools across the city apply for a district grant? (It’s not multiple schools but it has multiple feeder schools.)
Jani Nygaard
44:12
Keep the questions coming. If we don’t get to your question today, please email SELinAction@education-first.com
Jani Nygaard
45:05
@Joe While there are no formal restrictions on the use of grant funds, we are unlikely to select proposals that use the majority of funds to purchase curriculum materials, technology or furniture.
Joe Pinto
46:09
Thanks, Jane!
Erin Popelka, Ed First (she/her)
46:10
@Janet - we'll voice this over!
Joe Pinto
46:14
*Jani
Jani Nygaard
46:22
@Andrea - A grant to a non-profit partner organization, such as a district’s education foundation or other 501(c)3 can receive the funds. If selected, a non-profit organization will be required to submit documentation of IRS tax exempt status along with a W-9 form and bank account information through a secure grant portal.
Erin Popelka, Ed First (she/her)
48:30
@Tanesha - yes! An SEL educator under contract to teach on campus during the school day is eligible to be the lead applicant
Jani Nygaard
51:24
@Nancy - Any employee of the district can be the lead applicant for a district-level application.
Janet Capocci
52:15
Can the program be a before / after school summer program?
Mualla Yazici
52:19
How many wards are given?
Mualla Yazici
52:23
awards*
Megan Czarnyszka
52:25
Is there a preference for projects to be funded in full or partial?
Pamela Janes
52:44
Summer programming?
Jani Nygaard
53:05
@Janet - Yes! We accept applications for projects that embed SEL into the school day AND projects that build SEL skills after school or outside traditional school time.
Pamela Janes
53:36
Can the project be a one-day SEL event?
Matthew Karam
53:55
Can the project be a one-day SEL event?
Jani Nygaard
54:07
@Megan - If awarded, awardees will receive the full amount requested (up to the maximum amounts of $8,000 per educator-led award and $30,000 per district-level award), no partial awards.
Judith Munter
54:33
Does the final report ask for student outcomes in pre-post test scores? Which other data do you look for in the final report?
Fatima Omar
54:39
@Mualla - last year 64 teacher grants and 61 district grants were awarded
Rhonda Threet
54:56
Are there any exceptions that monies can not be used for, such as books, guest speakers, etc.?
Mualla Yazici
55:01
Awesome, thank you!
Lawren McConnell
55:31
I echo Rhonda’s question!
Megan Czarnyszka
55:41
@Jani--Is there preference given to a project with a total budget beyond the 30,000? Or should we keep the budget at 30,000?
Jani Nygaard
56:09
@Rhonda - While there are no formal restrictions on the use of grant funds, we are unlikely to select proposals that use the majority of funds to purchase curriculum materials, technology or furniture.
Alexandra Turner
56:23
How does number of students served weigh? How does number of hours/depth of a program weigh?
Jani Nygaard
56:27
@Megan - no, there isn't preference given to what the budget amount is
Jani Nygaard
56:59
sorry - I misread your question - the maximum amount of the award for a district is $30,000
Rhonda Threet
57:32
Thank you @Jani…I thought that I read that..
Jani Nygaard
58:27
@Pamela - Yes! We accept applications for projects that embed SEL into the school day AND projects that build SEL skills after school or outside traditional school time.
Erin Popelka, Ed First (she/her)
59:04
If we don’t get to your question today, please email SELinAction@education-first.com
Megan Czarnyszka
59:36
Are you looking for proposals that impact multiple target communities or one specific demographic?
Sarah Buckley
01:00:49
If we’re applying as a district, do the funds need the share across multiple school sites, or can they focus on supporting an initiative for a single school site?
Lawren McConnell
01:04:17
We are seeking funding to provide SEL professional development at the district level for our contracted OST providers at seven middle schools, to start. The cost would be stipends and books, and I fear that it would not be a good candidate for funding since our budget is really those two items. Advice?
Carrie Shershanovich
01:04:48
Would students at-risk of graduating be a priority group?
Erin Popelka, Ed First (she/her)
01:05:04
Megan, Sarah, Lawren, and Carrie - I'll voice over your questions!
Judith Munter
01:06:29
if conditions change (relative to covid or other), is there flexibility? for example, if we plan field trips but then we cannot travel with the students, can we make changes? how do we let you know?
LaNedra Mitchell
01:07:21
Could a group of school counselors assigned to different schools apply for a district level SEL Grant.
Mualla Yazici
01:07:54
Would we be able to include teacher sel on top of student led sel in our proposal?
Janet Capocci
01:07:58
Can the district level awards be used for one school but multiple programs for that school: ie, in-school mentoring for SEL as well as a summer program.
Jani Nygaard
01:08:25
@Judith - The implications of COVID-19 will likely be a little bit different for each proposal, depending on the students and/or staff served, the work proposed, as well as local, state and national guidelines. We recognize that COVID-19 has made it unclear how certain the work proposed will be and your proposal may change due to unforeseen circumstances. We will work with selected grantees to provide flexibility should circumstances change. You would want to email SELinAction@education-first.com and we will work with you.
Janet Capocci
01:08:43
Will you fund salaries?
Erin Popelka, Ed First (she/her)
01:09:05
@Janet - yes, it is totally fine for the budget to fund salaries.
Judith Munter
01:09:19
if one school principal oversees several alternative schools, can she apply under the district level category?
Jani Nygaard
01:10:27
@Mualla - yes! You could include teacher SEL in your proposal.
Mualla Yazici
01:10:42
Sorry, did he mention technology and furniture to be not granted or granted? I missed it.
Jani Nygaard
01:11:09
@Janet - yes, you can include multiple programs in your proposal.
Rebecca Alegria
01:11:24
If school social workers team up as a duo/trio of schools would we be able to apply for the district level grant? Or is that reserved for administrators/principals?
Donna Flanagan
01:11:34
I applied last year but, did not get the award. I was wondering if I could get some feedback on what I did wrong.
Jani Nygaard
01:11:57
@Mualla - yes, while there are no formal restrictions on the use of grant funds, we are unlikely to select proposals that use the majority of funds to purchase curriculum materials, technology or furniture.
LaNedra Mitchell
01:12:33
Thank you
Mualla Yazici
01:12:37
Thank you!!
Joe Pinto
01:13:48
In one of the earlier slides, the number of teacher and district awards per year was shown, but the number of applicants was total, ie didn’t differentiate them. Do you have a breakdown of the number of teacher and district applicants for the past few years?
Jani Nygaard
01:14:31
@Donna - Due to the volume of applications we receive, we cannot provide individual feedback on grant proposals. We welcome you to learn more about our previously funded awardees and learn more about their projects at https://selforteachers.org/innovation-awards/.
Erin Popelka, Ed First (she/her)
01:16:06
https://education-first.com/sel-in-action-awards/
Megan Czarnyszka
01:17:44
will this webinar be available for review?
Suz Fix (she/her)
01:18:22
If funds are going directly to a non-profit, do you list someone from that organization as the "Grant administrator" on the application?
Joe Pinto
01:18:52
SO helpful. Thank you so much.
Tanesha Windom
01:18:58
My apologies, I do not think my question was answered. I asked if an SEL Educator under contract to teach on campus during the school day was eligible to apply?
Rhonda Threet
01:20:09
Thank you for all of this information!
Suz Fix (she/her)
01:20:12
Thank you!
Tanesha Windom
01:20:15
Thank you. Yes with the district,
Carol Montgomery Fate
01:20:19
Thank you very, very much!!!
Rebecca Sanders
01:20:19
I noticed that you have to sign up for an account to apply. Is there a way to see the questions/fields/prompts without the account?
Judith Munter
01:20:20
Thank you so much!
Janet Capocci
01:20:35
Thank you SO much!
Rachel Hughes
01:20:36
Thank you!!
Lawren McConnell
01:20:41
Thank you! I have so many SEL program needs, so I may have to email with specific questions!
Tarasa Lown
01:20:43
Thank you, so much!
Jae Paik
01:20:44
Thank you so much for this great award and a helpful info session!
Julie Goldstein
01:20:57
Thank you!
Rebecca Sanders
01:20:59
Thank you
Pamela Janes
01:21:05
Thank you!
Teressa Clark
01:21:06
Thank you so much!
Mualla Yazici
01:21:08
Thank you both for your time! This was so helpful!
Lisa Slover
01:21:11
Thank you!!
Janice Valverde
01:21:15
Thank you from Boston
Helene Mantell
01:21:20
Many thanks.
Averyl Dietering
01:21:24
Thank you!
Julia Friedland
01:21:24
Thank you all!
Andrea Owen
01:21:28
Thank you!!
Alexandra Turner
01:21:29
Thanks all!
Suzie Focht
01:21:34
I appreciate your insights!
Darin Jones
01:21:47
This has been a wonderful informational session. You both seem so nice as well. And thanks for the encouragement!
Kelly Bell
01:21:59
Thank you
LaNedra Mitchell
01:22:06
thank you
Megan Czarnyszka
01:22:09
Thank you so much for this information session!
Elizabeth Brovey
01:22:13
Thank you for your time, insight, information and details.
David Fraser
01:22:20
Great Playlist in the beginning!
Jani Nygaard
01:22:21
If we don’t get to your question today, please email SELinAction@education-first.com
Ronette Dill
01:22:23
Thank you!
Joe Pinto
01:22:24
Thanks! Be well.