The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) is taking nominations for a mental health counselor to the Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Benchmarks Workgroup. This Workgroup is charged by ESSB 6052 Sec 201 (34) “to recommend comprehensive benchmarks for developmentally appropriate interpersonal and decision-making knowledge and skills of social and emotional learning for grades kindergarten through high school that build upon what is being done in early learning.”

OSPI will hold meetings for the Workgroup at least once a month October 2015 through October 2016 to develop these recommendations. OSPI will submit a report to the education and fiscal committees of the legislature by October 1, 2016. To the greatest extent possible, the members of the Workgroup must reflect the cultural, racial, ethnic, gender, and geographic diversity of Washington state.

Please send nominations, including a resume and a cover letter which includes a brief description of their qualifications and desire to serve on this task force to by September 21, 2015. The complete membership of the Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Benchmarks Workgroup will be announced September 22, 2015.

The Workgroup’s first meeting is scheduled for Friday, October 23, 2015, from 9 a.m.– 4 p.m. in the Brouillet Conference Room at the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction. The Workgroup will establish regular meeting times and locations for subsequent meetings at its first meeting.

If you have any questions regarding the Workgroup you can contact Special Programs Director Maria Flores at 360-725-6359 or