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Ways to Fund Your SEL (Social Emotional Learning) Program

So you want to bring Social Emotional Learning (SEL) into your classroom in an exciting, global way. Annnnd you don’t know how to pay for it yet. Don’t fret! You’re in the right place!

 

Here are ideas teachers in our community have tried and tested. Depending on your situation, one of these might be the perfect approach.

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Ways to Fund Your SEL (Social Emotional Learning) Program

 

So you want to bring Social Emotional Learning (SEL) into your classroom in an exciting, global way. And you don’t know how to pay for it yet. Don’t fret! You’re in the right place!

 

Here are ideas teachers in our community have tried and tested. Depending on your situation, one of these might be the perfect approach.

Never hesitate to reach out to us to chat more on this, too — [email protected] anytime!

 

 
One of our teacher's classrooms watching the I Am Norma Learning Journey video

 

Ideas to bring SEL into your classroom:

You could create a crowdfunding campaign!

Make a fun video with a powerful call to action, write a compelling purpose statement, and share it out with your social network. Three sites that are great for this kind of campaign:

 

 

Create a fundraiser for your classroom on Facebook

If you are looking for a quick way to set up a fundraiser and don’t have the capacity to mobilize your network through a crowdfunding site, utilize the most popular social media network instead: Facebook. You have the option to set up a fundraiser for a nonprofit or for personal causes, and well, this is a personal cause that you truly believe in so why not get started today. You can have your fundraiser up and ready to share in minutes!

 

 

Start a school-wide fundraiser

Make it an engaging mission-driven experience for students, parents, and the entire school faculty. School fundraisers can be as big or small as you’d like. Some things to consider are:

  • How do you want parents to be involved? How would you inform parents of the importance of SEL for their child and why global SEL is the way to go?

 

  • Do you want the fundraiser to consist of an event where all stakeholders can participate as part of the donation process?

    • A fun idea could be to host a Love For Learning Family Night that has different team-building exercises for families to participate in, classrooms set up as different parts of the world to learn about different cultures and have open discussions. To collect donations, you can sell admission “passport” tickets and also have donation boxes around the school. Student helpers could monitor the boxes and share with parents why they want to have BeWE Learning Kits in their classrooms.

 

  • Get some help! School-wide fundraisers are a lot of work, but can provide you with the funds necessary to bring your SEL vision to life for not just your classroom, but the whole school!

    • Reach out to the school district officials to participate, too

    • Ask the PTA/PTSA for help in planning and budget to host (if necessary)

    • Seek out parents for help, this could be a really great way to engage with parents on a topic that many people truly care about

    • Reach out to local media and see if they will write a story to spread the message of increasing global SEL

 

  • Sell ethically sourced / created goods at a small margin to both support amazing organizations and also to raise money with the proceeds going towards our BeWE collaboration! (We used to sell ethically responsible goods a long time back, so never hesitate to reach out to abhi at [email protected] about this if you have questions or want to brainstorm ideas / companies to partner with!)

 

 

Apply for grants

Search for grants that fund teachers and schools who want to increase SEL and add BetterWorldEd.org in the proposal. We can help with that!

 

 

Present BeWE SEL to the PTA/PTSA committee

Write a funding proposal and present it at the next PTA/PTSA meeting for you or an all-access school plan:

  • Adults benefit from SEL as much as kids do. So, why not have a mini-lesson at the next PTA/PTSA meeting? Teach them like you would teach the kids, and see how engaged they are. Have fun with it and see what happens! To get the creative juices flowing, watch a few BeWE videos and see which one you think would resonate most with your PTA/PTSA audience.
 
Image of two women from an Better World Ed Learning Journey

 

 

Teach your school board members a BeWE Lesson

Bring BeWE to the school board as a resource you can use so it’s easier to get approvals from everyone else who has to make a budget call — like your principal and instructional coaches.

  • Sometimes, well often times, teachers find learning tools much quicker than school district officials. If you want a program, you may have to fight for it — or teach for it! We’ve seen much success from multiple school districts by Principals who have literally taught a story from BeWE to the school board. Engage them, tap into their child-like nature, and open their eyes to the magical experiences of global SEL! Help your principal to facilitate the lesson, or do it yourself if that’s an option!

And always follow up with the board, they may need a little encouragement to truly understand the impact of what global SEL means. Share with them how BeWE Learning Kits can be integrated into academics and does not have to be an additional curriculum for teachers.

 

 

Connect with an SEL ally who will help you

Find your Super Sue (see video below) at your organization or in your district. Who is that person who would really love to see this come to life? Who works at the district level that you can connect with?

  • Have a chat with your instructional coach, share with them the SEL content that you want to provide your students and share your why. Let them see and feel your passion for this vision. Then, see if they can support you as you move up the ladder to the district’s Director of Instruction and curriculum.
 
 

 

Understand where SEL can fit within a school budget and see how to allocate dollars for SEL:

Certain states have already begun creating learning goals and providing resources for SEL. Check out this document to see if your state is one of them.

Whether your state has established SEL goals or not know that according to the Elementary and Secondary Act (ESEA) in Titles I, II, and IV, there are ways to secure funding for SEL to be a part of your school. Schedule a chat with your principal to see how you can work together to make it happen!

  • With research, you can show how SEL improves academic achievement for disadvantaged youth, school-wide, and allocate Title I dollars to increasing SEL programs.

  • Your school can use Title II funding to improve the school climate and culture by providing more SEL-specific training and resources to facilitate positive experiences for the whole school family.

  • Using Title IV funding, your school can increase SEL activities to decrease violence at schools and communities and increase parent involvement to support positive academic outcomes. Check to see if your state is one that is already allocating dollars to SEL programs.

 
Happy Children that we caught on camera during an Learning Journey

 

You may be surprised by the amount of love and compassion people you know have because that is the beauty of being a human. We are all capable of showing and sharing those emotions. But before anyone can help you, they need to know what your goals are and why social and emotional learning along with global competence is important for your students. Speak and write from the heart!

Whichever approach you decide to try, be sure to provide some type of follow-up with the gracious supporters who are helping you reach your classroom goals.

 

There are different ways to follow-up, but here are a few to get you started:

  • Get students involved by writing thank you letters, drawing pictures, sharing their reflections from the project, or even a quick thank you video!

  • Send over a heartfelt email or handwritten letter. People always appreciate knowing that they helped make a difference, so let them know how they did and reiterate why SEL matters.

  • Continuing the relationship with donors/supporters by staying in touch and sending occasional updates and always showing how they made it possible for your students to experience authentic learning opportunities!

 

 

And, if you want to read even more about this, here are some great resources to help think about how we might raise this funding together.

 

 

We can’t wait to see how you creatively fund SEL for your classroom. SEL is incredibly important for your kids and we are thankful it is important to you, too. Reach out to us at [email protected] anytime (seriously.. anytime), and we can help strategize ways to get your next fundraiser or presentation off to a great start. And then celebrate with you when you get that money!!!
 
Let’s make this happen together. #forthekids #withthekids

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