Panel Webinar

Supporting Our Students’
Social-Emotional Needs
During the Pandemic

Panel Webinar hosted by the Carlsbad Educational Foundation


As our students, teachers, and schools face evolving challenges and new needs related to the pandemic, your support is needed now more than ever.

The Carlsbad Unified School District relies on your investment through the Foundation to meet new priorities from the pandemic and ensure every student – from Kindergarten through graduation – has the best opportunities to succeed.

Your Support Funds These Programs & More!

Our Community

  • Art Supplies
  • Kids Care Scholarship
  • Grocery Gifts


  • Discovery Labs
  • International Baccalaureate, 
    Jefferson Elementary


  • Robotics
  • Science Olympiad
  • Science Days and Lab Supercharge


  • Visual & Performing Arts
  • Science Olympiad
  • Robotics
  • Innovation Coach
  • Student Leadership Council

Science Olympiad

High and Middle School

Students compete academically in STEAM subjects. Includes weekly mentoring by industry professionals. Students learn preparation, commitment, coaching, and teamwork.

FIRST LEGO League Robotics

Middle and Elementary School

Learn the construction and operation of FIRST LEGO robots, concepts in engineering, coding, programming, and design. The season ends with a Robotics Showcase.

FIRST Tech Challenge Robotics

High School

Students develop skills in teamwork, collaboration, communication as well as engineering and software development through the FIRST Tech Challenge Program.

Discovery Labs

Elementary School

Help fund dedicated teachers at every school site to teach specialty classes in music, art, science, and PE.

Innovation Coach

High School

Equip teachers of every subject with the tools and training to integrate modern learning environments and technology to support students’ individual abilities and potential.

International Baccalaureate

Jefferson Elementary

A challenging educational program that engages Jefferson Elementary students to think critically and with a global perspective.

Grocery Gifts

All Students & Families

Provide groceries to feed a Carlsbad school district family of four that includes fresh milk and produce.

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Kids Care Scholarship

Elementary School

Provide half or full-day student care for a family facing financial hardship.

Student Leadership Council

High School

Develop life-long leadership skills by studying curriculum covering non-profit, corporate, and community responsibility while serving as a student ambassador.

Invest in Our Programs – You Make it Happen

Your support keeps critical and relevant academic programs safe from budget cuts. Your support invests more than $1 million to Carlsbad public schools, providing enriching experiences for our students.

Panel Webinar

Supporting Our Students’ Social-Emotional Needs During the Pandemic

An important conversation with a panel of experts who address challenges related to the pandemic and explore opportunities to support our students.

Resources to Support Social-Emotional Needs

What is SEL?

From the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL).

Knowledge is Power

Download free lesson plans to help students learn, share and discuss the events of COVID-19 with an SEL lens.

Learning is Social-Emotional

Download free SEL learning curriculum to equip educators with tools to nurture skills like compassion, leadership, conflict resolution, self-awareness, and resilience.

Social-Emotional Learning Interventions

A scientific journal titled, School Psychologists’ Knowledge and Use of Evidence-based, Social-Emotional Learning Interventions.

Equipping Families – Emotional Vocabulary

Verbal labeling of emotions can help you (and your kid) regain control from big reactions.

CUSD Parent University

Provides CUSD parents with critical information to help their students succeed in school.

Reunite, Renew, Thrive: A Roadmap for School Reopening

An SEL roadmap for reopening school from the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning.

SEL Learning Program from Sanford Harmony

For TK-6 grade students designed to foster communication, connection, and community both in and outside the classroom, and develop boys and girls into compassionate and caring adults.

Promoting Social and Emotional Learning within School Social Work

From the School Social Work Association of America.

SEL Resources for Schools During the COVID-19 Outbreak

STEM/STEAM education companies and other organizations have stepped forward to help educators reach students in virtual ways.

California MTSS and Social-Emotional Learning

Address academic, behavioral, and social-emotional learning for a Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS).

Panel of Experts

Carol Van Vooren

Ed.D., California State University San Marcos

Brief Bio
Carol Van Vooren is currently a professor in the School of Education at California State University San Marcos.

She is a past principal of Jefferson Elementary in Carlsbad and earned a record of increasing diverse student and parent participation, implementing the International Baccalaureate program, and raising student outcomes to receive the California Distinguished School Award.

Dr. Van Vooren served on the board of the Carlsbad Educational Foundation from 2010-2016. She continues to be an active participant in several CEF committees and events. Her passion is in guiding teachers and students to embrace diversity and inclusion for the strength of the community and success for all.

Allison Estrada

MD, AM Resident Physician in Family Medicine in Chula Vista

Brief Bio
Dr. Allison Estrada is a Carlsbad native and attended Jefferson Elementary, Valley Middle School, and Carlsbad High School, graduating in 2009. She studied human biology at UCSD, earned her master’s degree in medical anthropology at Harvard, and her medical degree in 2019 from UCLA PRIME.

Currently, Dr. Estrada is in her second year of residency in family medicine in Chula Vista. Dr. Estrada’s research is in border health and she serves primarily the Latinx community in both the hospital and in local clinics. In looking back at her memories of the Carlsbad Educational Foundation, Allison loved the music program including performing in the CEF Telethon. Thank you for attending this panel in support of Carlsbad students.

Jenée Peevy

PPS-SSW, San Diego County of Education

Brief Bio
Jenée Peevy, has been employed with the San Diego County Office of Education for over 14 years; in Student Program and Services. Currently, she is a Program Specialist, Manager of School Social Work Services. Graduated from San Diego State University in 1999 with Master’s degree in Social Work Administration; specializing in Children Youth and Families. She also holds a BS in Criminal Justice Administration; minoring in Sociology/Juvenile Delinquency. In 2015, obtained PPS Credential in School Social Work/Child Welfare & Attendance. For the past 13 years, Jenée has served as a Social Work Field Instructor/Supervisor for several universities; providing this service to students obtaining their BSW, MSW and PPSC in social work. She supports San Diego County school districts with social-emotional/mental health, emotional literacy programs, parent workshops, truancy prevention and Restorative Practices.

Personally, Jenée is the proud mother of five children ages 35-15; 12 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild. She is very involved in the community; and has served on many boards and volunteers her time to support the youth. Currently, she serves as the secretary for the California Association of School Social Workers (CASSW) and the Region E Director for the National Association of Social Work (NASW).

Scott Schimmel

President and Chief Guide,
The YouSchool

Brief Bio

Scott Schimmel is a constant student of helping people grow.

As President & Chief Guide of the YouSchool, he is responsible for leading the charge with schools, athletes, and veterans, ensuring that everything they do delivers on the mission and vision.

After being rescued from a career path headed into corporate finance, and spending over ten years at a non-profit leadership development organization in higher education, helping develop college students into world changers, Scott is deeply aware of the challenges people face when transitioning into the ‘real’ world. This is why he’s invested his time guiding students, athletes, and veterans to discover and write their own stories.

Outside of the YouSchool, Scott is an avid reader, speaker, writer, and golf fiend. He serves on the board of UrbanLife in City Heights and is the co-host of Bob Goff’s Dream Big Podcast. His wife and three children keep him anchored.

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