Social & Emotional Learning

Ventura County Social and Emotional Learning (VC SEL) Task Force 

The VC SEL Task Force is led by VCOE Directors, Regina Reed and Chris Ridge.

The purpose of the VCOE SEL Task Force is to advocate for equity in social and emotional learning (SEL) and support school districts in implementing evidence-based practices, resources, and training in SEL, which includes Restorative Practices, Social Justice, and Trauma Informed Care. Research and evidence shows that SEL programs and practices improve school climate, student and family engagement, attendance, academic success, and citizenship. Click to learn about SEL program impacts and outcomes. Additional research reviews on SEL can be found here.

VC SEL Task Force 2022-2023

Dr. Amy Cranston, Executive Director, SEL4CA and author of “Creating Social and Emotional Learning Environments”  

Ernesto Duran, Director, VCOE 

Alicia McFarland, Director, VCOE 

Regina Reed, Ventura County SELPA Director 

Chris Ridge, Director, VCOE

Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) is about helping students develop a range of skills they need for school and life. Social-Emotional skills include the ability to:

  • set and achieve positive goals
  • feel and show empathy for others
  • establish and maintain positive relationships
  • make responsible decisions
  • understand and manage emotions
SEL Foundational Resources