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Hearts and Minds: Building Capacity Around Social and Emotional Learning

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Hearts and Minds:
Building Capacity Around Social and Emotional Learning

Mary Ann Wolf, Ph.D., Sr. Director of the Professional Learning and Leading Collaborative, The Friday Institute at NC State University
Roxann Sykes, Principal, Dillard Drive Elementary (NC)
Karen Falato, Special Educator, Bristol Township (PA)

Avril Smart Goggans, Ph.D., Research and Engagement Manager, Future Ready Schools

While some argue we have been educating the “whole child” for generations, recent research demonstrates that we have overlooked students’ Social and Emotional Learning skills (SEL), a key aspect of the foundation for academic learning. In practice, this means that educators are not forced to “choose” between SEL and academic instruction — time spent building students’ social and emotional skills is time spent building capacity for their academic and lifelong success. SEL also has demonstrated impact on several indicators of academic success. For example, research shows that students with SEL training “scored 13 points higher academically than their peers 3.5 years later, had 6 percent better high school graduation rates, and could even reap lifelong monetary benefits for their healthy adult lifestyle.”

In this webinar, four leaders and practitioners who are actively working to support the growth and development of SEL skills in schools discussed experiencing and applying research-based ideas and strategies to support SEL in their respective educational contexts.  The panelists were excited to share their insights and experiences.

In this webinar, our guests discussed:

  • The connection between SEL and student achievement
  • Building classroom and school capacity for SEL
  • The connection between SEL and equity
  • Professional learning opportunities to support SEL in schools

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Future Ready Schools® is a project of the Alliance for Excellent Education (All4Ed), a Washington, DC–based national policy, practice, and advocacy organization dedicated to ensuring that all students, particularly those underperforming and those traditionally underserved, graduate from high school ready for success in college, work, and citizenship.  www.FutureReady.orgFollow FRS on Twitter (;
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