Recipients and Project Descriptions
The SEL Innovation Awards for Teachers and Districts sought proposals from individual educators and teams of educators seeking to improve systems that foster social and emotional skills in fresh, inventive or innovative ways. Examples include novel interventions or instructional practices focused on improving competencies such as resilience, learning mindsets, compassion, self-management and sense of belonging. Though all proposals were welcome, the fund prioritized proposals that specifically support one or more of the following student populations:
- Students from indigenous communities
- New arrivals (such as refugees) or immigrants
- English learners
- LGBTQI students
Through a competitive process, the projects below were selected to receive a grant award. We invite you to be inspired by the work of these awardees. You can explore their projects through the filters on the left. Click on one or any combination of filters to learn more about awardee projects that might be applicable to your own classroom, school or district.
You can also find out more about the SEL Innovation Awards for Teachers and Districts by visiting education-first.com/social-emotional-learning-innovation-fund.
Teacher and District Recipients
Abigail M. Saunders
Ajo Unified School District
Albemarle County Schools
Alla Gonzalez Del Castillo, Ph.D.
Amy M. Gonzalez
Austin Independent School District
Baltimore City Public Schools
Boston Public Schools
Cambridge Public Schools
Christopher De La Cruz
Citizens of the World Charter Schools Los Angeles
City Charter Schools
Clark County School District
Dr. Dayana Philippi
East Ramapo Central School District
Edna Lynn Roberts
Erin Eddy-Lewis & Jessica Bundy
Hadley Public Schools
Health Sciences High and Middle College, Inc.
Hillsborough County Public Schools
• 'Meet & Greet.' All 5th graders meet and greet community professionals.
• 'Think on your Feet.'The top 20 complete surprise scenarios.
• 'Hit the Street and Eat.' The top 10 take a field trip into the community. They meet business and government leaders, eat at a restaurant and interview senior citizens.
• 'The Final Feat.' Two finalists complete a leadership challenge.”