Social and emotional learning (SEL) skills are critically important for students’ success in school and beyond. Students need skills of self-awareness to set realistic goals and make good choices about their learning. Social-emotional learning supports students self-management skills to focus on learning amidst distractions and persevere when learning gets challenging. Students must also learn key social awareness and relationship skills in order to work well with others. Importantly, these are the very skills that employers are most looking for in their employees.
If SEL skills are what students need to be successful, we need to teach them! The good news is that teaching SEL skills is not "something else to do." Social-emotional learning isn’t about holding separate social skills groups or having gimmicky school-wide events. Weave SEL skills right into the fabric of daily instruction using simple and practical strategies.
Come join other passionate and dedicated educators for a great day of learning, and be ready to bring back lots of new strategies and skills to enhance your students’ learning!
Mike Anderson has been an educator for more than 20 years. An elementary public school teacher for 15 years, he has also taught preschool and university graduate level classes. In 2004, Mike was awarded a national Milken Educator Award, and in 2005 he was a finalist for NH Teacher of the Year. He also spent many years as a presenter, consultant, author, and developer for Northeast Foundation for Children, a nonprofit organization dedicated to creating safe, joyful, and challenging classrooms through the Responsive Classroom approach to teaching. Now, as an independent education consultant, Mike works with schools across the United States and beyond, supporting great learning through customized consulting. He has also taught workshops in Canada and Mexico and has presented at many national conferences including NCTE, ASCD, and Learning and the Brain. Mike is the author of many books about great teaching and learning including "The First Six Weeks of School," 2nd Edition (CRS, 2015), "The Well-Balanced Teacher" (ASCD, 2010), and "The Research-Ready Classroom" (Heinemann, 2006). His most recent book, "Learning to Choose, Choosing to Learn" (ASCD, 2016), was selected as the April 2016 ASCD member book and was sent to 62,000+ educators in more than 100 countries.
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