The damage the pandemic did to academic and social and emotional well-being is now crystal clear. Students’ math and reading skills have plummeted, erasing years of gains; and many students are struggling to learn how to regulate their emotions, feel empathy for others, and set reachable goals for themselves. At the same time, some school district SEL programs have run up against intense opposition from parents and politicians, who take issue with how SEL is being linked to learning about racism, sexism, and LGBTQ issues.
To properly address these challenges, schools need to do a better job:
- Communicating with stakeholders about what their SEL programs actually teach,
- Designing SEL strategies that are tailored to the specific needs of their communities, and
- Evaluating the effectiveness of those strategies.
Join us for a lively discussion about these topics with educators and experts.
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Welcome and Introduction
Industry Perspective: How SEL Supports the ABCs of Student Success
Universal skills. Character education. 21st century learning. No matter what you call it, the evidence is clear: when schools value social-emotional learning (SEL), our students succeed. Led by 2020 Massachusetts Teacher of the Year, Takeru “TK” Nagayoshi, this session will examine the research behind how SEL positively correlates with the ABCs of student success: attendance, behavior, and coursework performance.
Panel Discussion: Weaving SEL Into Academics Is Hard. Here’s How to Make It Happen
Industry Perspective: Why SEL Matters to Everyone
In this session you will have an opportunity to learn how to integrate SEL instruction into academics throughout the school day and beyond. From practicing mindfulness to self regulation activities, come and see what Cedar Rapids Community Schools is doing to incorporate SEL instruction into the school day as well as beyond the day in partnership with Champions before and after school programming. We will be sharing some ideas and activities for you to take away and try in your classrooms and districts.
She is responsible for internal system operations of the Cedar Rapids CSD including leading the teaching and learning departments. Cedar Rapids CSD is responsible for the education of more than 16,000 students in 1 early childhood center, 20 elementary schools, 6 middle schools, 4 high schools, and one virtual school.
Panel Discussion: SEL Lessons Learned: Case Studies and Best Practices
Industry Perspective: Social-Emotional Learning and Academic Success
Discover how research-based social-emotional learning (SEL) supports academic success and increase your fluency in explaining the benefits of SEL to others. During this presentation by Second Step experts, you’ll learn how to actively promote the connection between SEL and academics in your school or district and become an even stronger advocate for SEL.