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A Tiered Approach to SEL in Garden Grove

Garden Grove Unified School District. (2021). Post-pandemic mental health support in GGUSD: 2021–2022 school year [Unpublished draft memo]. Available at

This memo describes how Garden Grove Unified School District (GGUSD) is addressing the increased need for student mental health supports. The district plans to hire more staff – including school social workers, mental health interns, and school psychologists – steadily over the next four years because supporting the mental well-being for student, staff, and families is central to their district mission and vision. The district has also committed to strengthening their referral system, county-wide partnerships, and training to support the social-emotional growth of the whole child.

Fisher, D., Frey, N., Smith, D., & Hattie, J. (2021). Module 3: Rebuilding student agency. In Rebound, grades K–12: A playbook for rebuilding agency, accelerating learning recovery, and rethinking schools (1st ed., pp. 39–59). Corwin.

GGUSD is using this book to guide their pandemic recovery with students and teachers. We are including it because it will give some context to the work GGUSD will present on during the meeting. This excerpted module explicitly draws a connection between building students’ agency (a social-emotional skill) and their mastery (an academic skill). (Note: This chapter is primarily intended for teachers, so we expect most meeting attendees to skip the activities that are not applicable to their role.)