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Cultivating Resilience: Integrating SEL & Academics to Ensure Success

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As educators increasingly face classroom disruptions involving students whose behaviors are difficult to manage, schools are seeking solutions that will help them create the positive, safe and sustainable learning environments that students need and communities want. 

One long-term, research-based solution focuses on embedding Social Emotional Learning (SEL) across all aspects of school life, from student-teacher relationships to curricula, policy, planning and budgets. 

SEL is the coordinating framework that supports children’s and adults’ ability to understand and apply the five SEL competencies: self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills and responsible decision-making. 

 To examine these issues and solutions more closely, EASTCONN will present “Cultivating Resilience: Integrating SEL and Academics for Success” on April 30, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., and on May 7, from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., at EASTCONN’s Conference Center, 376 Hartford Turnpike, Hampton.   

“Research shows that SEL strategies should play a significant role as schools and communities examine their approaches to
professional learning and classroom management,” said
EASTCONN Center for Educational Leadership (CEL) Director Diane Dugas. “The ultimate goal is to improve students’ resilience and lifelong coping skills, while building toward greater academic outcomes. SEL will help teachers identify, understand and respond more effectively to student behaviors and academic needs.”

Dugas and her CEL staff are currently working with several northeastern Connecticut public schools, as they consider their approaches to classroom life, teacher-student relationships and student learning, within the framework of SEL competencies.   

Schedule for 2-Day “Cultivating Resilience”:

Day 1, April 30th: Keynote speakers include Bill Zima, superintendent of Maine’s regional RSU2 district, and Ron Berger, co-author of the ASPEN Institute’s National Commission on Social, Emotional, and Academic Development, A Nation of Hope. Zima will share his district’s journey toward the integration of SEL and academics to produce great outcomes. Berger will share key strategies from the ASPEN report and the resiliency they are cultivating in districts as a result. 

Day 2, May 7th: Educators will return and process their learning from Day 1. They will address action steps, using the CASEL toolkit and guidance with strategic mapping. 

There is a fee for this symposium. Group discounts apply. To register, visit http://registereastconn.org/courses/view/id/16127

Learn more from Paula Hanlon at phanlon@eastconn.org.