Launch a Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) Program in Your Schools with the Titles on Your Shelves

Meet the CASEL-certified curriculum that’s a “game-changer” for teachers in grades 2-12.

Two key topics permeated K-12 in 2019 and these conversations continue into the new decade: “What does high-quality social-emotional learning (SEL) look like?” and “How do we effectively teach kids to read?” These conversations rarely happen together, but it’s important to consider what this could look like. An approach to high-quality reading and writing instruction can now be combined with a supplemental SEL curriculum using many, if not all, of the trade books already in circulation at most schools. 

Reading with Relevance is a supplemental program designed to increase equity in culturally diverse classrooms. Certified by the Center for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL), the innovative curriculum seamlessly integrates authentic learning with academic instruction, providing a platform for understanding different perspectives and experiences.

The authors, being former classroom teachers, really understand the hurdles of getting budget for supplemental support. They created Reading with Relevance to help teachers do what they need to do with resources they already have. As one school district with firsthand success can attest, it’s “a game-changer for teachers working with challenging populations.” Whether planning time in-classroom or for multi-tiered support systems (MTSS), Reading with Relevance adapts to your needs.

Through a series of easy-to-implement lessons, students (Grades 2-12) are empowered to deepen the five interrelated sets of cognitive, affective, and behavioral competencies:

  • Self-awareness
  • Self-management
  • Social awareness
  • Relationship skills
  • Responsible decision-making

“This is a teacher’s anti-burnout tool: a lifesaver for new teachers in the classroom, a game-changer for teachers working with challenging populations, and a force for re-invigorating veteran teachers.” - Julia Ann Gillam - San Francisco, CA

Reading with Relevance marries popular novels like Esperanza Rising, The Hate U Give, and The 57 Bus—all selected for their relevant and engaging social and emotional themes—with a structured Teachers Guide that provides instructors with a roadmap for exploring these topics in their classroom community. From navigating friendship and persevering in the face of obstacles to more mature topics, like structural racism and poverty, Reading With Relevance provides a platform for students to safely think, discuss, and deepen their understanding of a variety of relevant SEL topics, all while building their literacy skills.

With flexible, end-to-end implementation support, bringing SEL to students quickly and cost-effectively is possible using Reading with Relevance. Consider it for your summer programs in addition to the school year.

To learn more about Reading with Relevance and request samples, click here.