Transformative Social Emotional Learning (SEL) is not something that is implemented on its own (meaning it’s not taught separately). As stated in the US Department of Education’s Ed COVID-19 Handbook “Road Map to Reopening Safely and Meeting All Student’s Needs”, Transformative SEL is embedded in everything from instructions, lessons, and classroom activities (can be found on page 11). Parents won’t be able to opt their children out of Transformative SEL, to do would require opting them out of public school completely.
Superintendents and School Boards insist that Critical Race Theory is not involved in K-12 schools in any shape or form; however, the US Department of Education’s Ed COVID-19 Handbook “Road Map to Reopening Safely and Meeting All Student’s Needs” states that SEL and Critical Race Theory are implemented. This handbook also links to guidance on free, anti-racist therapy for White educators (Abolitionist Teaching Network’s Guide).