In December 2021, Butte County Office of Education presented Stewarding & Innovating SEL through our System. They began by sharing the Children’s Resilience Initiative, a training series designed for families, educators, and youth-serving agencies. The video series comes with an accompanying guidebook that includes practices to implement, resources, and a discussion guide.
They then discussed the Two Loops System: a tool used in systems change to think about the growth and decline of an existing system and the emergence of a new system. Stewarding the existing system involves providing resources, care, and wisdom to support the system and those within it. They shared ways in which they accomplish this stewardship, through Wellness Communities, Whole Child Design Series, School Crisis Renewal and Recovery, Mental Health Training & Suicide Prevention, school and community wellness advisors, youth forums, and Social and Emotional Learning. To innovate within a new system, they shared a variety of leadership and innovation frameworks, including The Art of Participatory Leadership Workbook, SLOW Leadership, and the Cynefin framework.
With these frameworks and approaches, In partnerships with other COEs, they have developed innovative approaches to leading for social and emotional well-being through the launch of a SLOW (Systems Awareness, Love/Compassion, Open/Diverse, Whole/Integrated) Leadership Community of Practice; a Restorative Educators Network (REN); an SEL Community of Practice; integrating SEL with MTSS to advance equity; rethinking their approach to measurement for complex, adaptive systems; and collaborating with Kelvin for culture and climate data.