Student Well-Being Online Summit

Keeping Students and Teachers Motivated and Engaged

Thu., February 18, 2021, 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. ET
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Midway through the hardest school year in recent history, teachers and students alike are struggling with low morale and low levels of motivation as the pandemic rages on and keeps millions of physical classrooms shuttered. In this online summit, experts will discuss ideas and strategies to help address flagging teacher morale, find and support students who are not engaged with their learning, and share lessons learned from students who are thriving in remote learning.


How School Leaders Can Support Teachers During a Stressful Year

Reaching Disengaged Students

How to Use Digital Games to Power Student Motivation and Learning

Lessons Learned About Why Some Students Are Thriving Under Remote Instruction

Toxic Positivity: Why Being Relentlessly Upbeat in Stressful Times Backfires

Summit Sponsors

Development of independent content for this virtual summit is supported in part by a grant from the Allstate Foundation.

Leslie Blanchard
Executive Director, Leadership Development Institute Louisiana State University
Leslie Blanchard is the executive director the Leadership Development Institute at Louisiana State University where she directs her efforts toward improving outcomes in K-12 schools and districts through customized, strategic, and deliberate leadership development. Blanchard’s research focuses on the areas of leadership development and evaluation, particularly in K-20 education. Blanchard has developed and taught leadership courses at the undergraduate and graduate level for the past ten years, and has consulted and coached with individuals, teams, and large groups to facilitate organizational effectiveness and improved culture and climate. A former classroom English and Secondary Science teacher, Blanchard has worked in the field of education for more than 25 years.
Marc Brackett
Professor and Director Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence
Brackett is the founding director of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence and a professor in the Child Study Center at Yale University. His research focuses on the role of emotional intelligence in learning, decision making, creativity, relationships, health, and performance. He has published over 150 scholarly articles, received numerous awards, and serves on a number of boards, including CASEL. Marc is the lead developer of RULER, an evidence-based approach to SEL that has been adopted by over 2,500 schools across the United States and in other countries. Marc is the author of Permission to Feel, published by Celadon, a division of Macmillan.
Patricia Jennings
Professor of Education The University of Virginia
Patricia (Tish) Jennings, a professor of education at the University of Virginia, is an internationally recognized leader in the fields of social and emotional learning and mindfulness in education. Her research places a specific emphasis on teacher stress and how it impacts the social and emotional context of the classroom. Jennings led the team that developed CARE, a mindfulness-based professional development program shown to significantly improve teacher well-being, classroom interactions, and student engagement. A former teacher, school director, and teacher-educator, Jennings is the author of numerous peer-reviewed journal articles and several books. Her latest book, Teacher Burnout Turnaround: Strategies for Empowered Teachers, was released in December.
Michele Lew
Assistant Principal Arcadia High School (CA)
Michele Lew is an assistant principal at Arcadia High School in Southern California. She has spent most of her 16-year career as a special education teacher, and her educational passion is infusing social and emotional learning into all aspects of school culture. She believes all students can reach their potential and is constantly looking for ways to give students more access and opportunities. Michele was the recipient of a Fulbright Distinguished Award in Teaching and spent time in the West Bank working with the government’s special education department. Outside of work, you can find Michele podcasting with her principal, hiking with her pups, or traveling the world.
Laura Steinbrink
Teacher & Educational Consultant
Laura Steinbrink, a teacher for 25 years, presents tech & instructional practices nationally. She is an educational consultant and the author of, a Feedspot Top 200 blog in Education. Laura has published articles for Matt Miller, author of Ditch That Textbook, Denis Sheeran, author of Instant Relevance; & articles for Kahoot, Getting Smart, Parent Square, the ISTE Educator Network newsletter, ISTE, & other EDU related companies.
Daarel Burnette II is an assistant managing editor for Education Week.
Alyson Klein is an assistant editor for Education Week.
Mark Lieberman is a reporter for Education Week covering technology and online learning.
Arianna Prothero is a reporter at Education Week who covers students and their well-being.
Madeline Will is a reporter for Education Week who covers the teaching profession.

Education Week can provide 1 hour of Professional Development credit for online summits if the educator attends live. A Certificate of Completion will be emailed to you shortly after the summit has ended. On demand viewing of a summit cannot be used for credit. As with all professional development hours delivered, Education Week recommends each educator verify ahead of the online summit that the content will qualify for professional development in your school, district, county, or state with your supervisor, human resources professional, and/or principal or superintendent’s office.

Coverage of social and emotional learning is supported in part by a grant from The Allstate Foundation, at Education Week retains sole editorial control over the content of this coverage.