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Focusing on social and emotional learning and student success: Experiences and resources

Speakers: Rebecca Bailey, Lorea Martínez, Angelyn Nichols, & Kristen Rulison

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Attending to social and emotional learning is especially important now as we are all working through our experiences during the pandemic and in this new pandemic-related chapter of learning. This webinar will explore new research as well as a variety of approaches and strategies related to social and emotional learning and supports. Panelists will provide useable research, resources, and strategies as well as practical insights about how to integrate and maximize effective SEL practices.

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Presenters
Assistant Director at Harvard Graduate School of Education | + posts

Rebecca Bailey is assistant director of the EASEL Lab at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Bailey’s research focuses on two areas: the development of executive function, self-regulation, and social-emotional skills across early and middle childhood, with an emphasis on understanding how poverty and trauma impact brain development and learning; and the design, implementation, and evaluation of SEL programs in US and international settings. Bailey is the lead author of multiple SEL curricula, programs, and strategies; and frequently consults with schools and non-profit organizations to integrate SEL supports into educational settings and youth-focused programming.

Founder at HEART in Mind | + posts

Lorea Martínez is the award-winning founder of HEART in Mind, a consulting company dedicated to helping schools and organizations integrate Social Emotional Learning (SEL) in their practices, products, and learning communities. An educator who has worked with children and adults internationally, Martínez is a faculty member at Columbia University Teachers College, educating aspiring principals in Emotional Intelligence. Her new book for educators, Teaching with the HEART in Mind, is currently available. Previously, she was a special education teacher and administrator. She frequently blogs about how to incorporate SEL in teaching practices and parenting at loreamartinez.com

Specialist, Professional Growth and Innovation at Virginia Beach City Public Schools | + posts

Angelyn Nichols serves as a specialist in the office of professional growth and innovation in Virginia Beach City Public Schools. Nichols has a passion for social-emotional learning, equity, systems thinking, leadership development, and trauma-informed practices. Serving as the SEL project lead and co-chair for the SEL Implementation Team in Virginia Beach City Public Schools fuels her purpose of building authentic connections with the hearts and minds of educators. Nichols is a collaborative developer for the monthly What’s JOY Got to Do With It? newsletter and is an advocate for adult well-being.

Manager, Social & Emotional Learning at Palm Beach County School District | + posts

Kristen Rulison is the manager for social and emotional learning for the school district of Palm Beach County. In this role, she oversees initiatives, practices, curriculum, and professional learning opportunities for SEL district-wide. She collaborates with community partners around SEL practices and is the co-chair for the community’s Birth to 22 SEL Workgroup. Rulison’s previous experience as the elementary literacy manager for the school district provides her a wealth of knowledge and practical on-the-ground expertise with curriculum design and coaching as the district continues to deepen academic and social-emotional integration for students across the community.

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