Education

Educational Services

Every child - regardless of zip code, family income, learning style, or past experience - deserves access to a world-class education. Through direct academic, social-emotional, and behavioral services for students and capacity-building support to schools and educators, Seneca works to foster inclusive school climates and transform the educational experience of students across California and Washington.

“I loved the fact that [Seneca] was always there when I needed them most.”
-Parent at Oakland Unconditional Education partner school

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Unconditional Education & School-Based Services

Unconditional Education (UE) is a whole-school model that seeks to disrupt the cycle of poor achievement and exclusion by transforming schools into communities in which all students are welcomed and can thrive. UE is a holistic, multi-tiered system of supports (MTSS) that pairs evidence-based academic, behavioral, and social-emotional interventions with an intentional focus on overall school culture and climate. The model promotes systematic coordination and integration of funding and services, which increase the efficient allocation of available resources so that gaps are identified and redundancies eliminated. UE emphasizes early intervention, utilizing data to identify student needs and providing services to address those needs before students fail, thereby reducing the need for more intensive and costly remediation in the future. In addition to the implementation of the UE model as a whole, Seneca provides direct special education, behavior support, and mental health services in partnership with public schools. These services may be targeted to meet the needs of one or more individual students, or to increase the capacity of the entire school community. Whenever possible, services are designed to maximize secondary impact so that schools can make the most of their available resources. Browse our Unconditional Education book, visit our blog or contact us to learn more.

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Coaching & Consultation

Seneca’s coaching and consultation services are aimed at supporting teachers and school leaders to implement one or more evidence-informed components of the UE model. Coaching and consultation services include observation, one-on-one coaching, coordination and facilitation of professional learning communities, and implementation support.

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Training & Professional Development

Seneca’s trainings guide teachers and school staff through evidence-informed professional development on a wide range of topics, including recognizing and responding to the effects of trauma, crisis prevention and intervention, and self-care for teachers experiencing the effects of secondary traumatic stress. All trainings bolster teacher and leader capacity to meet the diverse needs of students in their classrooms.

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Nonpublic Schools

Seneca’s continuum of care includes a network of nonpublic schools throughout the Bay Area. A student can be referred to our schools by their special education team to receive extra social-emotional and academic services in a small, supportive classroom setting. Seneca’s goal is to create school environments filled with the joy of learning. To achieve this, our school provide an environment that draws out students’ strengths and teaches them strategies to cope with personal challenges, empowering them to succeed within this setting and beyond.

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Families that were separated at the border have endured unfathomable trauma, the ramifications of which may be lifelong. In this moment, more than ever, we need your support. Seneca's Todo Por Mi Familia initiative connects thousands of families impacted by the Zero Tolerance Policy with free mental health services. Donate today to provide emergency relief to these families who need assistance to get back on their feet.

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