The educators at Springfield Public Schools have another grant opportunity to support their students, named the Social Emotional Learning Fund (SELF) grant. SELF Grant Application Packet 2017-18 is available now. Grants are available of up to $1,000. Applications are due October 1, 2017. Grant writing workshops are also available, please see the Innovative Educator Grant workshop dates.
The Springfield Education Foundation Fund for Social-Emotional Learning (SEF/SEL) was established by a gift from Stan and Cathy Paine, both long-time administrators in the Springfield School District. Stan served as principal of three Springfield Schools (Maple, Centennial & Ridgeview) for a total of 13 years. Cathy served as a school psychologist and as special education coordinator for a total of 30 years of service in the Springfield School District.
The focus of this fund was chosen because it represents Stan & Cathy’s common interest and passion in children’s positive social development, physical safety and emotional well-being in school settings. Social and emotional learning (SEL) “is the process through which children and adults acquire and effectively apply the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary to understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions.”