Apply Now: K-12 Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Advisory Group 

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To: ESD Superintendents, State Advisory Council for Special Education (SACSE) Committee, Oregon Physical Education Teachers, LGBTQ2SIA+ Student Success Advisory, Oregon Health Teachers, Principals, Oregon Comprehensive School Counseling Programs
From: Vanessa Martinez, SEL Specialist, Oregon Department of Education
Date: September 6, 2022  
Re: Invitation to Apply Now: K-12 SEL Framework & Standards Advisory Group 

Dear Partners,

The Oregon Department of Education (ODE) is seeking participants that reflect the diversity of the public K-12 student population for its K-12 Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Framework & Standards Advisory Group. This group will work with ODE to develop a K-12 SEL Framework and Standards for Oregon to be adopted by the State Board of Education by September 2023. The adopted SEL Framework and Standards will be implemented in Oregon schools starting in the fall of 2024. 

APPLY NOW (Application window closes on September 18th at 11:59 PM)

Our Intention

This Advisory Group will be guided by ODE’s Equity Stance, ODE’s Integrated Model of Mental Health and the beliefs and values articulated in the “Whereas” statements of HB 2166 as we develop Oregon’s K-12 SEL Framework and Standards. We will build from the Phase 1 HB 2166 SEL Advisory Group’s initial recommendations that will be shared with the State Board of Education on September 22, 2022. 

Why participate? 

This is a great opportunity to:

  • Share your expertise and experience in leading for social emotional learning;
  • Learn from and connect with others throughout the state through discussion and collaboration; 
  • Engage in professional learning and earn Professional Development Units (PDUs); and 
  • Lead for transformational change in our educational system. 

Who is eligible to serve on the Advisory Group? 

Current building educators and practitioners who have experience with integrating SEL across content areas, grade-levels, and throughout various contexts in the school day. ODE will prioritize participant selection based on educator and regional diversity, educational experience and professional learning, active classroom educators, instructional coaches, and teachers on special assignment. 

How will each group member contribute?

Advisory members will commit to participating in regular meetings from October 2022 through June 2023. Every group member will bring important contributions in the following ways:

  • Develop, in collaboration with other Advisory Group members, a Social Emotional Learning Framework and K-12 Social Emotional Learning Standards that build on the recommendations of the HB 2166 Advisory Group.
  • Ensure culturally responsive and anti-oppressive approaches are at the center of the SEL framework and standards.
  • Advocate through the lens of racial equity, trauma-informed principles and practices, and strengths-based models.
  • Attend all required virtual K-12 SEL Framework & Standards Advisory Group Meetings.
  • Complete individual review and research of materials and resources.
  • Provide support for implementation guidance by identifying and sharing best and promising practices, materials, resources and professional learning.

What is the commitment? 

We are seeking a 9-month commitment from selected participants from October 14, 2022 through June 8, 2023. Virtual meetings will be held monthly on the second Thursday for three hours either in the mornings (9:00 AM-12:00 PM) or afternoons (1:00 PM-4:00 PM). We will also be organizing into various smaller workgroups to develop the SEL Framework and Standards which may require an additional 1 hour of synchronous/asynchronous work to be determined by the smaller work groups. The total time commitment for this role will be approximately 3-4 hours each month. Selected participants are expected to attend all K-12 SEL Framework & Standards Advisory Group Meetings, so please place a hold on your calendars for the dates and times. ODE will reimburse districts for a half-day substitute, therefore each participant will need to get supervisor approval. 

What is the application process and timeline? 

ODE is seeking to work with an Advisory Group made up of Oregonians who reflect the diversity of the public K-12 student population. To achieve this, the Department will ask applicants to identify demographic and experiential information that corresponds with student demographics and experiences.

To apply, please complete the SEL Framework & Standards Advisory Group Application by 11:59 PM on Sunday, September 18, 2022.

On October 3rd, we will notify applicants that they have been selected to serve on the Advisory Group and provide more information regarding our Advisory Group launch meeting on October 14th from 9:00 AM-12:00 PM.

Note: If you are an educator or practitioner, you will need your administrator’s approval to apply.


For more information on ODE’s SEL Framework and Standards work, if you have any difficulty accessing the application link, need the application to be in a different language or format, or if you have any questions, please reach out to ODE’s SEL Specialist at