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Voices from the Field Presented by Aperture Education: Anna-Lisa Mackey Honoring Student Voice and Choice through Socratic SEL Seminars
Problem: Schools and districts increasingly want to see SEL embedded in all subject matter areas, but this presents a sizeable challenge for teachers. They may not fully understand what SEL is, how to teach SEL skills in an organized and comprehensive way, or how to meet the learning outcomes of the academic subject while simultaneously teaching the SEL concepts. We also know that students are more likely to engage in learning when they find the subject relatable and relevant to their lives. Solution: So how do we help teachers meet their students’ academic AND SEL needs while providing engagement and relevance? Socratic Seminars offer a literary path forward. Students lead the discussion focused on a text with SEL themes around the CASEL competencies of self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship management, and responsible decision-making. Socratic Seminars offer the opportunity for students to learn the skills of expressing opinions, perspectives, and experiences while providing leadership, collaboration, and teamwork opportunities through meaningful conversations on complex issues. These rich discussions allow students to learn, explore and practice SEL skills while meeting the ELA learning outcomes. Presented by Anna-Lisa Mackey, M.Ed. and CEO of PATHS Program LLC. Anna-Lisa is an SEL expert with more than 20 years of experience in SEL training and professional development, and student behavior, academic performance, and personal skills. She has worked with Head Start Cares and the Canadian Mental Health Association on two large-scale implementations, and trained school staff and mental health professionals in Canada and the United States. Ms. Mackey has also presented on social and emotional learning at numerous conferences. She is also the author of the upcoming book The Social Emotional Classroom: A New Way to Nurture Students and Understand the Brain (Wiley, 2022) and the host of the Social Emotional Us podcast.

Oct 27, 2022 02:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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