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The current education system is dominated by political narratives that devalue the very people that our schools are supposed to serve. Students, teachers, administrators, and staff are left underpaid and under-supported while scapegoated for the systemic problems facing these institutions. More specifically this manifests in students, disproportionately Black and other marginalized identities being suspended and over disciplined, teachers burning out and left without tools to manage classrooms, and administrators forced to defend curriculum choices or mask policy while navigating public pressure of critical race dialogue or health policy that does not center the people in their building. Black SEL was launched to intervene in these systems disrupting the school-to-prison pipeline by providing needed skills and resources for school communities.

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