In a recent national report launched on January 15th by leading experts in the educational field, research confirmed what leaders know, meaningful learning happens when social, emotional and academic learning is integrated. In other words, social, emotional learning is not one more thing for teachers and leaders to add to their plate. In fact, in a personalized, student centered framework, knowledge, skills and habits of mind associated with social, emotional learning are naturally taught, resulting in resilient learners, positive school climate, increased engagement, ownership for learning and academic success.
Pioneering work across the country and within our state is showing the way on how to effectively create personalized, student centered schools that integrate social, emotional and academic learning creating safe and engaging environments for learning.
Bill Zima, Superintendent of RSU2 in Maine will share their regional district’s journey in creating and bringing to life their district mission “to cultivate hope in all learners”. By integrating social, emotional and academics through a learner-centered focus, the district has created a paradigm shift creating resilient learners.
EASTCONN region and state examples of best practices
Ron Berger, co-author of the ASPEN Institute’s National Commission on Social, Emotional and Academic Development, A Nation of Hope, will share key strategies from the report. Joined by students from the ISAAC School in New London, they will present what the integration of SEL and academics looks like in action and the resilience they are cultivating as a result of developing the social, emotional well-being of children through:
- Developing a vision that prioritizes academic, social and emotional learning
- Conducting an SEL-related resources and needs assessment to inform goals for school wide SEL within a strategic plan
- Designing and implementing effective professional learning programs to build internal capacity for academic, social, and emotional learning for all educators
- Adopting and implementing evidence-based programs for academic, social, and emotional learning across all grades
- Integrating SEL at all three levels of school functioning (curriculum and instruction, school wide practices and policies, family and community partnerships)
- Establishing processes to continuously improve academic, social, and emotional learning through inquiry and data collection
Day two, return to process what you've learned and address action steps through the use of the CASEL toolkit and guidance with strategic mapping.
Audience: Administrators, Superintendents, Principals, Curriculum Directors, Department Heads, All Teachers (preK-12), Board of Ed. Members, all Central Office, Guidance Professionals
Teams of three can attend for $399, with each additional participant $149. Contact Paula Hanlon at email@example.com to register a team.
Includes continental breakfast and lunch on day one, continental breakfast on day two.