Video Library

SEL in the Classroom: Lower Elementary

SEL & READING WORKSHOP: A teacher talks about the SEL skills essential for partner reading, shares about how she teaches those skills to students through utilizing the Caring School Community check-in meetings. This video includes students engaging in partner reading and CSC check-in meeting utilizing SEL skills.

SEL: LEARN, LIVE, TEACH: A teacher describes how participating in the OUSD SEL demo site project has shifted her practice and how a former SEL Coordinator supported her growth.

IMPORTANCE OF RELATIONSHIPS IN THE CLASSROOM: A teacher talks about how creating powerful relationships is the foundation of why she teaches.  

MINDFUL TRANSITIONS TO SUPPORT ACADEMIC SUCCESS: A teacher describes how she utilizes mindfulness to support transitions. This video includes footage of students engaging in mindful breathing and stretching.

SEL in the Classroom: Upper Elementary

SEL IN THE COMMON CORE CLASSROOM: A teacher shares how she creates spaces to develop SEL skills necessary for success in the Common Core (she also speaks to how she supports ELLs).    

SELF AWARENESS THROUGH ARTS INTEGRATION: A teacher discusses an arts integration project that develops resilience and identity/self-awareness in her students.  

THE ROLE OF RELATIONSHIPS IN LEARNING: A teacher describes strategies she utilizes to communicate with students and parents in order to create powerful relationships.

POWERFUL MOMENTS THAT SHIFT OUR PRACTICE: A teacher shares her powerful personal story around her SEL journey.

WHY I CAME HOME TO TEACH IN OAKLAND: In this inspiring clip a teacher describes how she’s from East Oakland why she decided to teach in Oakland and her hopes.  

ACADEMIC SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING IN PRACTICE: In this video a teacher reflects on her daily morning ritual with students to support their development of expressive language, SEL skills, and community building. Video footage includes morning ritual.

SEL in the Classroom: Middle School

ELEMENTS OF ACADEMIC DISCUSSION THAT PROMOTE SEL: A teacher shares teacher moves for creating conditions to have a successful academic discourse. He emphasizes why Academic Discussion is important and the SEL skills needed to engage in it.

MORAL REASONING & RESPONSIBLE DECISION MAKING: A teacher discusses his involvement in Larry Nucci’s Moral Reasoning work and how this has influenced his practice.

WHY I TEACH IN OAKLAND: A teacher talks about his journey to teach in Oakland and how as a white male he builds powerful relationships with his students.

BRAIN BREAKS: A teacher discusses why and how he incorporates brain breaks into his long block periods (video footage of total health breaks).  

SEL STANCE IN THE CLASSROOM: A teacher talks about how he holds and SEL stance as a white male teacher and gives examples of how and why incorporating appreciations into each class is important to create positive climate.

BUILDING SEL SKILLS FROM ELEMENTARY TO MIDDLE SCHOOL: An RJ Coordinator and Youth RJ Leader discuss what RJ is, how it can create positive school climate and what connections there are to Caring School Community.

COMMUNITY BUILDING: An RJ Coordinator shares about the power of community building activities.

IMPORTANCE OF TEACHER SELF-AWARENESS: An RJ Coordinator discusses how teachers develop their own self-awareness first in order to have a restorative approach in the classroom.

SEL in the Classroom: High School

TEACHING IN A DIVERSE CONTEXT: A teacher discusses how chooses relevant content and employs culturally responsive approaches to teaching.

EDDA (Educating for Democracy in the Digital Age): A teacher talks about how EDDA informs her teaching and the emphasis she places on social justice and provides an example around not bullying.

THE ROSE THAT GREW FROM CONCRETE: A teacher talks about how she uses 2Pac Shakur’s “Rose in Concrete” to help her students learn about resilience and strategies she employs to build community.

SELF IDENTITY INFORMING TEACHING PRACTICE: A teacher shares how her experience as a Filipina-American child of immigrant informs her teaching practice at Fremont HS.

ENGAGING HS LESSON INFUSED WITH SEL: In this video we see elements of an engaging HS English Class that simultaneously promotes pro-social behaviors.

ACCOUNTABLE TALK USING CELL PHONES: A teacher talks about how to incorporate student phones to support accountability in small group discussion. Using cell phone technology for accountable talk is something she learned through her work with EDDA.

COMMUNITY BUILDING: A teacher discusses how she builds community and creates conditions for learning among students through activities at the start of the school year.

Collaborative Inquiry

The Social Emotional Learning Group is in their fourth year of partnership with Mills Teacher Scholars and are continuing to investigate the intersection between academic learning and social emotional learning. Through their inquiry work, these K-5 teachers leaders from five Oakland schools are developing their capacity and confidence to support both student and teacher learning at their own school sites.

WHAT’S SEL GOT TO DO WITH ACADEMICS? This video describes the impact of the the demo-school work/partnership between Mills Teachers Scholars, Center for the Collaborative Classroom, and OUSD’s SEL&L Team. This video also highlights how SEL is integral to Academics.

SEL SKILLS FOR READING WORKSHOP: In this video, two elementary school teachers and a former SEL&L Coordinator discuss the SEL skills needed to engage in partner work.

SEL AS THE CONNECTOR: In this video an OUSD SEL&L Program Manager discusses how he aims to support demo school sites.

THE POWER OF REFLECTIVE PRACTICE: In this video, an OUSD teacher describes how Mills Teachers Scholars has helped her engage in reflective practice to continuously improve pedagogy and practice.

PARTNERSHIPS: In this video, the Mills Teachers Scholars Executive Director discusses how the OUSD SELL Office has influenced MTS in their understanding of SEL and Adult Learning.

DAILY SEL CHECK-IN MEETINGS: In this video an OUSD kindergarten teacher, describes the benefits of using Caring School Community, an evidenced based SEL program, daily.

MTS IN CONVERSATION: In this video three MTS engage in a protocol around sharing data and discussing their inquiry with each other. (Link coming soon!)


Leadership Voices

SEL & LEADERSHIP OVER ALL VIDEO: In this video four OUSD Leaders reflect on SEL and how it embedded in their work.

BUILDING RELATIONSHIPS ACROSS CULTURES: A high school principal discusses how SEL is essential for building relationships across cultures.

SEL IN SECONDARY: A high school principal discusses how SEL is important in Secondary, not just Elementary.

SEL & LEADERSHIP: A high school principal talks about how SEL manifests in his work as a site leader and how SEL informs his leadership practice.

USING SEL TO SHAPE SCHOOL CULTURE & CLIMATE:  A high school principal discusses how he used SEL to build Adult Culture and positive school climate at his site.

EDUCATORS AS SEERS: In this moving clip a middle school assistant principal tells her own story of how a teacher who was a “master of SEL” turned her life around in fifth grade.

SEL & RJ: A middle school assistant principal talks about how SEL & RJ show up at school and how they are not initiatives but stances.

INTEGRATING SEL & COMMON CORE: In this video a middle school assistant principal discusses how SEL is integral to Common Core and how the school uses RJ to practice Academic Discussion.

SEL & LEADERSHIP: A middle school assistant principal discusses how SEL informs her leadership practice.

SEL CAN BE LEARNED: A former principal discusses how SEL skills are not innate but can be learned, taught and practiced.

CHALLENGES OF HOLDING SEL AT THE FRONT & CENTER: A former principal authentically shares the challenges he has as a site leader of holding SEL as a “big rock” at an elementary school.

USING CSC AT STAFF MEETINGS: A former principal shares how he uses the CSC class meeting structure at staff meetings to build adult culture.

SEL & LEADERSHIP: A former principal discusses how SEL informs his leadership practice.

PERSONAL SEL JOURNEY: A former network superintendent describes his personal SEL journey growing up in Oakland and working in OUSD.

SEL & LEADERSHIP: Two former network superintendents discuss how SEL informs their leadership practice.

BUILDING STRONG RELATIONSHIPS: A former network superintendent shares how he creates powerful relationships and how essential this is to being a good leader and moving the work.

SEL AS INTEGRAL TO LEARNING: A former network superintendent discusses how SEL is integral to learning and academics.