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  • Besides Inner Explorer, the free Mindfulness program for all LAUSD teachers, teachers also have free access to Headspace. Click on the link to learn how to get your free Headspace account.


    Headspace For Educators

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  • Our 2021-2022 Advisory Resource for Secondary Teachers are now available in our Secondary Advisory Lessons Schoology Group resources tab.

    Use Code: QXDZ-PQWX-BDZRJ to join the Schoology Group.


    2021-2022 Advisory Resources

  • Inner Explorer Update
    Inner Explorer will be available till August 31, 2021. We are currently working to fund access for the rest of the school year.
    Access your account by logging in direclty to the Compass LAUSD portal
    Welcome to the new school year!
    We are thrilled to support the important work you are doing at your school. Amidst difficult circumstances, we wish you a happy and healthy start to the year.
    This week, we are unveiling the upgraded Inner Explorer platform with a brand new look and feel. The latest platform is designed to improve your daily experience and includes updates such as:
    • A robust menu bar that makes navigating to key features simple and straightforward.
    • Enhanced performance of mindfulness practices, including extended audio for applicable age-specific programs,
    • The integration of our new Educator Well-Being Series and Counselor Series.
    ...Plus so much more! 
    Please note that the platform upgrade will reset your account to start with the first mindfulness practice (this is also true for those engaged in the 21-Day Quest). If you wish to maintain your current placement within your program, be sure to make note of the practice number you are currently on so you can resume where you left off. 
    Thank you for giving us the opportunity to support you and your students. If you have any questions, please email us at and /or contact
  • Our 2021-2022 Advisory Resource for Secondary Teachers are now available in our Secondary Advisory Lessons Schoology Group resources tab.

    Use Code: QXDA-PQWX-BDZRJ to join the Schoology Group.

  • Seconds Step's newly updated digital SEL curriculum is now available for all L.A. Unified K-8 teachers. See the attached job aide for instructions on accessing Second Step's online curriculum.

    Second Step Job Aide

  • Attention Summer School Teachers! 

    In partnership with LAUSD, Inner Explorer is providing full access to their mindfulness program this summer. Inner Explorer is a "Click and Play" mindfulness program. Practice mindfulness with Inner Explorer during your summer. 

    Inner Explorer can have a significant impact on our wellness and mental health. By becoming aware of our emotions, thoughts, and bodily sensations, we are better able to: ● Regulate emotions ● Improve behavior ● Reduce anxiety ● Manage stress

    Make it a Self-Care Summer with the Inner Explorer Mindfulness Program!

    Click Here to Learn More



    In order to respond to the requests from teachers, the Social Emotional Learning unit has added the following professional development opportunities to our calendar. All of these trainings are available to Early Education and TK-12 grade teachers, substitutes, school-based program coordinators, support staff and academic counselors. Participants will be compensated at training rate. Please note that you will NOT be compensated, if you have already completed a PD session in the past year.

    Please search for SELPD2020 and register on MYPLN.


    A Deeper Dive into Social Emotional Learning Integration

    In this 5-hour professional development, participants will go deeper into the Social Emotional Learning competencies and learn strategies for integrating SEL & trauma-informed practices into instruction. Participants will be compensated at their training rate. 

    Offered June 14 and June 15 from 9 AM-4 PM


    Using Social Emotional Learning to Promote Agency, Identity and Belonging

    In this 4-hour professional development, participants will explore how to promote agency, identity and a sense of belonging through Social Emotional Learning.

    Offered June 12, June 14 and June 16 from 9 AM- 1 PM


    Mindfulness for Educators

    In this 4-hour professional development, participants will learn about the benefits of Mindfulness. Participants will gain strategies for integrating Mindfulness into instruction to manage toxic stress and trauma.

    If you have already taken a Mindfulness training offered by Health Education Programs/ Social Emotional Learning Unit, you will not be compensated. 

    Offered June 12, June 15 and June 16 from 9 AM- 1 PM

  • Hello LAUSD Educator,

    The Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Unit is happy to announce our newest Professional Development opportunity:

    Wellness Practices for Educators: Mind, Body and Spirit

    In this 1-hour restorative PD, participants will learn about the connection between body, mind, and spirit in wellness and will gain strategies for integrating wellness into instruction to manage toxic stress.

    ONLY certificated teachers and school-based support staff will be compensated. (one hour training rate)

    You may only attend one session.

    Administrators, non-school based support staff and SHHS staff can attend, but no compensation will be available.

    Please select ONE of the following sessions to attend:

    April 20, 2021 5:00-6:00 PM

    April 27, 2021 5:00-6:00 PM

    May 4, 2021 5:00-6:00 PM

    May 11, 2021 5:00-6:00 PM

    May 18, 2021 5:00-6:00 PM

    To register-

    __1.      Log into LAUSD MYPLN

    __2.      Search SELPD2020

    __3.      Select Wellness Practices for Educators: Mind, Body and Spirit

    __4.      Choose the session you wish to attend

  • Happy New Year!

    At this time, Inner Explorer through LAUSD Schoology is down. Inner Explorer and LAUSD tech staff are working on a fix ASAP. We are sorry for the inconvenience. We will post updates when received. Thank you.

  • Welcome back from break! The SEL unit has a new opportunity for teachers who are passionate about Social Emotional Learning.  Please see the attached file regarding an SEL Cadre Teacher Leader opportunity.

    SEL Cadre Announcement

  • Social Emotional Learning ( SEL) Leadership PD opportunities are now available.

    School site administrators, non school-site administrators and principal supervisors will have the opportunity to deepedn their understanding of Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Leadership to proactively engage and sustain positive school cultures. Paricipants will explore how SEL can ssure equitable outcomes for all learners.

    SEL Leadership PD Flyer

  • The Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Unit has a slew of upcoming PDs. We are encouraging schools to consider sending teachers in teams whenever possible. This will help with building common vision for SEL implementation at their schools.

    SEL PD Flyer

  • September 2020 communication to LAUSD Principals from Division of Instruction Social Emotional Learning Unit

    Principal Communication

  • Middle School and High School teachers that are looking for Advisory Lesson support, please join our Secondary Advisory Lesson Schoology Group use the access code: QDXZ-PQWXBDZRJ for Social Emotional Learning teacher created lessons for Advisory, District-adopted Advisory programs, and SEL resources. 

  • Newsela

    Ensure your instructional content helps teachers smoothly transition between in-person and hybrid learning, without sacrificing rigor. 

    The right content resource keeps learning going, even through times of disruption. Newsela provides thousands of carefully curated, engaging, standards-aligned texts to drive continued learning whether you and your students are together or apart.

    The SEL Collection provides access to hundreds of authentic articles that explain and illustrate Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) concepts for elementary, middle, and high school learners. See examples by grade band below.

    Newsela has a middle school and high school social emotional learning collection that addresses emotions, mindfulness, resilience, perspective-taking, diversity and other important topics. 



    Access Nearpod through the Schoology App Center.

    Nearpod is an award-winning education technology company focused on developing digital learning tools, virtual reality and interactive content across mobile devices that provides teachers an easy and efficient way to leverage technology in the classroom.

    Nearpod has social emotional learning lessons covering growth mindset, SEL in a digital life, SEL in action and lifelong learning strategies for K-12 students.

    For more information.



  • We are proud to be partners with the Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports/ Restortative Practices (PBIS/RP) Unit.

    For additonal SEL resources, we encourage you to join the PBIS/RP Schoology Group.

    To join, use the access code


    The Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports and Restorative Practices resources in this group are a collaborative effort between Student Health and Human Services and the Division of Special Education and meant to be inclusive of all students. If you have a tool/resource that you want us to share please email it to