The Palo Alto school district is looking for parents, students, faculty, staff and community members to serve on a new committee that is expected to recommend a unified, districtwide social-emotional learning curriculum.
With an eye toward supporting the "whole child," the committee will be tasked with researching and identifying curricula that will provide students, from pre-kindergarten through high school, with the "necessary social and emotional learning competencies to successfully navigate in school and beyond," the committee application reads.
The school board has backed a staff proposal for such a committee, though some expressed concern about setting aside a previous intent to create a group that would address the district's counseling models, particularly at the high-school level. Staff brought forward the "Social Emotional Learning Curriculum Committee" in March after two previous iterations, which were more focused on recommending a direct service model for both high schools.
The new committee will be comprised of four parents, four students, four members of the community at large, four administrators and four faculty and staff members. (Applicants must have a child who currently attends a school in the district or represent an organization that serves as a school partner.) Brenda Carrillo, the district's student services director, will run the meetings and help the group develop recommendations.
The committee will generally meet Wednesday evenings, once or twice a month through December, according to the application.
Any recommended curricula must be reviewed against current research, reflect evidence-based practices and include evaluation metrics, according to the committee's charge. It must also "support a unified Pre K-12 approach to social emotional learning and well-being."
The group's recommendations will be subject to board approval.
Applications must be received by the end of the day on Monday, May 2. Committee members will be selected on or before May 13. The committee's first meeting is tentatively scheduled for May 25.
Application forms can be accessed online or the Student Services Office in Portable A at the district office, 25 Churchill Ave.
Completed applications should be sent to Brenda Carrillo, student services director, Palo Alto Unified School District, 25 Churchill Avenue, Palo Alto, CA 94306, or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.