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Bringing Social and Emotional Learning to the Forefront: What Happens When Districts Prioritize SEL?

11/30/2016 03:00 PM - 04:15 PM ET




It is hard to ignore the buzz around social and emotional learning (SEL) and the research findings documenting the value of SEL programs for student behavior and academic gains. However, what does SEL look like in practice? Specifically, what can district and school leaders do to promote SEL? With the passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), states and districts can consider measures of SEL within their accountability systems. However, measurement of SEL alone is not sufficient to support student development. Leaders can do more to embed SEL within current district and school priorities. In this 75-minute webinar, cohosted by American Institutes for Research (AIR), American Youth Policy Forum (AYPF), the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL), and the Washoe County School District, we will hear from a panel of researchers and practitioners on ways in which districts and school leaders have implemented a coordinated and purposeful SEL effort.

Our panelists include:

Jennifer Lerner, Deputy Director, AYPF
Trish Shaffer, Multi-Tiered Systems of Support Coordinator, Washoe County (Nevada) School District
Melissa Schlinger, Vice President of Programs and Practice, CASEL
Nick Yoder, Senior Consultant and Researcher, AIR

Moderated by Carinne Deeds, Policy Associate, AYPF. 


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