NDE Office for a Safe and Respectful Learning Environment Receives Grant, Technical Assistance to Develop Statewide Plan

Nevada Department of Education


Greg Bortolin
Carson City, NV - July 22, 2016

Immediate Release

CARSON CITY, Nev. – The Nevada Department of Education (NDE) has been notified that its proposal to develop a Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) plan for the state has been funded by the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL).

“Your proposal was outstanding, and your commitment to ensuring that your students are fully prepared for the future – academically, socially and emotional – is crystal clear,” CASEL said in its letter, notifying the NDE Office for a Safe and Respectful Learning Environment it would receive $5,000 to offset costs for developing its statewide policy and also receive technical assistance from national experts.

This funding and technical assistance will allow Nevada to develop a comprehensive birth through 12th grade SEL plan that will include College and Career Ready Dispositions, Anti-Bullying efforts, Restorative Practices and Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS). 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.

“With this funding, Nevada will be able to develop implementation guidelines for districts that are evidence based and provide assessments and accountability measures,” said Edward Ableser, Ph.D., Director of the Office for a Safe and Respectful Learning Environment. “We will also be able to help our districts better understand SEL and provide consistent messaging across the state.”