• Social and Emotional Learning


    Social and Emotional Learning At a Glance

    The Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) Department helps to create positive, equitable, and welcoming learning environments for staff and students in Alameda County. We provide education and supportive services focused on serving the whole child.

    Our high-quality technical assistance for educators, staff, families, and other community partners promotes physical, mental, emotional, and social health so that students can feel safe and supported on their academic journey and in life.

    Our work is grounded on equity, diversity, and inclusion, and is aligned with ACOE’s mission: To provide, promote, and support leadership and service to ensure the success of every child, in every school, every day.


    We are responsible for administering the California Department of Education-funded Tobacco-Use Prevention Education (TUPE) and the Region 4 System of Support for Expanded Learning (R4 SSEL) Programs, as well as the Alameda County Health Care Services Agency-funded Arts and Creativity/SEL Program at the REACH Ashland Youth Center. We are a Consortium member for the Bay Area American Indian Council/INCFA Entity Title VI Program serving students in San Leandro, San Lorenzo, and Hayward Unified School Districts.

    Social and emotional learning (SEL) is the process through which children and adults understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions, according to the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL).

    SEL During Distance Learning (CDE Resources)

    CASEL District Guide

    California’ SEL Guiding Principles

    SEL Resources (This is not an official endorsement, but a growing repository of accessible resources organized by grade span and SEL competencies):


    • Coaching
    • Mentoring
    • Consulting
    • Facilitation
    • SEL Resources
    • Arts and creativity
    • Professional development
    • Drug prevention education
    • Alternatives to suspension
    • Youth voice and leadership
    • Expanded learning resources
    • SEL curriculum and instruction
    • Systems-based approach to SEL
    • Family and community engagement
    • Restorative and social justice practices
    • Healing and trauma-informed practices
    • Growth, development, and sexual health
    • Peer education training and Youth Development

    Networks and Communities of Practice




  • Contact Social and Emotional Learning

    navdeep purewal Navdeep Purewal, Ed.D.
    Chief of Learning Services
    (510) 670-7793
    nora zamora Nora Zamora, Ed.D.
    Executive Director, SEL
    (510) 670-7770
    scott gerbert Scott Gerbert
    Director I, TUPE
    (510) 670-4524
    Akilah Bird Akilah Byrd, M. Ed.
    Director I, Region 4 Expanded Learning Programs
    (510) 670-4139
    cecilia apley

    Cecilia Apley
    Project Director, TUPE Curriculum and Alternatives to Suspension
    (510) 670-4185

    kristy packer

    Kristy Packer
    Project Director, Peer Education and Positive Youth Development
    (510) 670-4580

     zar saporito

    Zar Saporito
    Project Manager, Peer Education and Positive Youth Development
    (510) 670-4526

    Shamia Sandles Shamia Sandles
    Project Director, Youth Engagement and Expanded Learning 
    (510) 670-4143
    Joaquin Newman Joaquin Newman
    Project Manager I, REACH Arts & Creativity/SEL
    (510) 481-4519
    Jerarde Gutierrez Jerarde Gutierrez
    Project Manager I, REACH Arts & Creativity/SEL
    (510) 481-4519
    debbie jelincic Debbie Jelincic
    Program Manager I, Health & Wellness
    (510) 670-4156
    janice medel

    Janice Medel
    Administrative Assistant
    (510) 670-7710

    Freddie Hendrix Freddie Hendrix
    Administrative Assistant
    (510) 670-4175