Future of Work Live Online Discussion

Seat at the Table: Understanding the Critical Link Between Student Mental Health and the Future of Work

Wed., September 21, 2022, 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. ET
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In recent months, there’s been a rallying cry against the teaching of social-emotional skills. This pushback flies in the face of research that demonstrates that students need to feel secure and emotionally stable to learn and perform at their best. It also ignores the trauma and stress that many young people continue to experience, as a result of factors beyond their control.

For years, employers have made it clear that soft skills—those that are developed through the work of social-emotional learning—are critical to workforce development. In the view of the resistance to SEL, how should school and district leaders best promote the kind of learning that will serve their students well beyond their K-12 years?

Tommie Glover
Elementary School Counselor, Richland School District Two, S.C.
Tommie Glover is a veteran educator of 17 years who has served as an elementary school counselor and a school administrator. He earned teacher of the year accolades from Richland School District One and Two in South Carolina after his first year as a school counselor at each school site, as well as other district accolades in both school districts.
Evie Blad
Reporter, Education Week
Evie Blad is a reporter for Education Week who covers issues important to school and district leaders. Blad has covered a range of issues, including state and federal policy, child well-being, civil rights, and school safety. Before coming to Education Week in 2013, she worked at the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, the statewide newspaper in Arkansas, where she covered K-12 education, higher education, and health care.
Sydney Mitchell
Sydney Mitchell has been working with children and teens around the Chicagoland area for the past 5 years with a focus on mental health and social emotional learning. Currently, she acts as the Social Emotional Learning Specialist for Carole Robertson Center for Learning, a non-profit organization working to empower disenfranchised families across Chicago. Mitchell works in community-based settings, Chicago Public Schools, and anywhere in between. Mitchell focuses primarily on implementing SEL seamlessly in classroom settings and beyond.
Peter DeWitt
Opinion Contributor, Education Week
A former K-5 public school principal turned author, presenter, and leadership coach, Peter DeWitt provides insights and advice for education leaders. He pens an opinion blog for Education Week, Finding Common Ground and is the host of A Seat at the Table.

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