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Virtual Program – Intersecting SEL, Social Justice, and Equity

Start date: June 7, 2022
End date: June 14, 2022
Time: 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Location: Virtual event
Intersecting SEL Virtual Program

This virtual, interactive two-session program will focus primarily on helping individuals and teams from schools, districts, and other youth-serving organizations develop a shared understanding of the intersections of SEL and social justice.

Participants will:

  • Develop a clear rationale why successful SEL implementation is contingent upon this intersection
  • Assess the current state of leveraging SEL in service of  social justice and equity in your community, including strengths, gaps, resistance, and opportunities
  • Leave with new insights and resources for implementation.

Format

Two 2.5 hours sessions 

  • Participants will be encouraged to attend with other team members from your school, district, and/ or community organization. 
  • Participants will meet in the same cohort configuration for both sessions, so as to develop a sense of community and strengthen networks of support.

Dates


Cohort 1 (Sold Out):

Session 1: Thursday, June 2, 4:00 – 6:30pm

Session 2: Thursday, June 9 , 4:00 – 6:30pm

Cohort 2

Session 1: Wednesday, June 1, 4:00 – 6:30pm

Session 2: Wednesday, June 8, 4:00 – 6:30pm

Cohort 3

Session 1: Tuesday, June 7, 4:00 – 6:30pm

Session 2: Tuesday, June 14, 4:00 – 6:30pm

 

Kamilah Drummond-Forrester, a lead designer for this Intersecting SEL, Social Justice and Equity two-part series, is a speaker, consultant and workshop presenter on topics of educational equity, anti-racism, self-care and social and emotional learning. She has written about these topics in the Women Change Worlds blog and has articles in esteemed educational publications such as EdSurge, The 74million, and the Hechinger Report. Most recently, Kamilah was the Director of the Open Circle social and emotional learning program for children in elementary schools. She is a board member of the state social and emotional learning advocacy organization, SEL4MA and a steering committee member of the national SEL Providers Council. In all of her roles, Kamilah’s passion for social justice and the social and emotional wellbeing of children fuels her commitment to advocating for and educating others about the inextricable connections between social and emotional learning (SEL), social justice and anti-racism. Kamilah is also a trained leader with the National SEED Project where she has led cohorts of colleagues, educators and parents through year-long community building experiences that leverage the power of story-telling, self-reflection and truth-telling to bridge build and empower.

Catherine Wong, a lead designer for this Intersecting SEL, Social Justice and Equity two-part series, leads global and national organizations and higher education programs in developing strategy, collective leadership, curriculum and training centering diversity, equity, inclusion and justice. Her effectiveness is the result of her direct ability to advocate from the heart and be unwavering in supporting youth and educators/professionals of color. Ms. Wong’s leadership experience spans PK-12 through higher education. She has held clinical faculty and director positions at Leadership Brainery, Boston; Urban Outreach Initiatives, Boston College; University of the Middle East Project, Cambridge, MA; and the Counseling Department, UMass Boston. Ms. Wong also serves on the SEL-TEd Steering Committee; Boston Public Schools Equity Roundtable; Co-Chair of Leadership Brainery’s Board of Directors, Board of Advisors for E3, Education, Excellence and Equity; and, as an Expert Panelist for the Global Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Benchmarks (GDEIB).

Marcus Penny has over 10 years of experience leading and learning in large urban school districts across the US. He works with a variety of administrations to recruit, monitor, and maintain educators and staff members of color as well as implement anti-racism strategies throughout school communities.  Marcus has been recognized by the US Department of Education for his leadership in implementing culturally relevant, inclusion strategies for diverse groups of learners. He currently serves as Science Instructional Coach for the B.E.E.S. Program in the Boston Public School System.

Rachel Poliner consults widely on whole student approaches and constructive school communities for young people and adults. Her work focuses on school climate, instructional, and structural reforms: K-12 social and emotional learning, middle and high school advisory programs, teams and teacher leadership, and improving faculty climate. Since 2012, Ms. Poliner has helped build the Social and Emotional Learning Alliance for Massachusetts. Her most recent book is Teaching the Whole Teen: Everyday Practices That Promote Success and Resilience in School and Life.

Webinar—SEL in Massachusetts: Resources and Opportunities

Date: March 11, 2022
Time: 9:00 am - 10:00 am
Location: Online
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Join us this webinar to learn and share about resources and opportunities that support work to foster the social and emotional growth and well-being of young people, families, and staff across Massachusetts.

Highlights will include:

  • No-cost options for professional development and consultation to strengthen SEL and mental health in MA schools and districts
  • New funding opportunities for SEL in MA out-of-school time settings
  • Peer sharing networks to inform and deepen your SEL practice
  • Communication campaigns to raise visibility for SEL efforts by your community or organization
  • Advocacy efforts to promote policy to advance SEL and culturally responsive, inclusive education across the Commonwealth

Join us in celebrating International SEL Day on March 11 by taking part in this dynamic webinar!

SEL Day 2022

Date: March 11, 2022
All-day event
Location: Online
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SEL4US and The Urban Assembly invite schools and communities around the globe to celebrate the third annual International SEL Day on Friday, March 11, 2022. Our theme this year is: Finding Common Ground, Pursuing Common Good.

Webinar: Listening to Learn, Learning to Leverage – Exploring Culturally Responsive Social-Emotional Learning and Wellbeing across BIPOC Communities

Date: February 25, 2022
Time: 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Location: Online
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Join us for a conversation about culturally responsive social-emotional learning (SEL) that will lift up voices from Black and Native Indigenous communities in the Greater Boston and surrounding areas.  

Dr. Karen Craddock, SEL4MA Board Member and principal lead of this project, which is funded by the United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley, will facilitate a conversation with participant-leaders sharing their reflections and insight about the project and emerging findings. 

Together we will discuss how we can continue to make authentic connections with and within culturally diverse communities throughout the state and beyond to leverage impact more effectively toward social-emotional wellbeing for all.

SEL Resource Showcase 2022

Date: February 16, 2022
Time: 11:30 am - 5:30 pm
Location: Online
SEL Resource Showcase

Riding the Wave: SEL Innovations in the COVID Era

Learn from SEL leaders and other national SEL experts in this dynamic professional learning event.

On the virtual conference platform, experience interactive plenary presentations, attend live breakout sessions, explore exhibit booths, and network with other SEL champions. Whether you have a strong SEL program to build on or are looking for a new SEL approach, this event will provide you with valuable insights and options. Register for FREE!

SEL Resource Virtual Showcase

Date: November 16, 2021
Time: 12:00 am - 12:00 am
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Navigating the impacts of COVID-19 and systemic racism, schools and out-of-school time organizations across Massachusetts are providing immediate and ongoing support for young people, staff, and families. Social and emotional needs are more pressing than ever and communities are considering a range of SEL programs and assessments as part of their overall approach.

With so many options to consider, it can be challenging to decide what is right for your community.

At this dynamic professional development event, learn from national experts and exchange tips with other local SEL champions. The virtual conference platform will enable you to experience interactive plenary presentations, select a choice of live breakout sessions, explore exhibit booths, and network with other participants.

Whether you have a strong SEL program that you are seeking to enhance or you are looking to adopt a new approach, this event will provide you with valuable new options.

Due to generous support received, you can register for this event at no charge.

Workshop: SEL Deconstructed & Decolonized

Date: May 13, 2021
Time: 12:00 am - 12:00 am
Location: Online
SEL Deconstructed & Decolonized Virtual Workshop (1)

Acknowledging the intrinsic link between SEL and antiracism, this interactive virtual workshop will engage educators in dialogue about how they can maintain, grow and strategize around deconstructing whiteness, being mindful that colonizing efforts to dismantle diversity and equity are always “at play.” Presenters and participants will interrogate both the prospect of developing a decolonized mindset as part of their SEL antiracist toolkit as well as the resistance that can arise as a result of these efforts.

Kamilah Drummond-Forrester is a speaker, consultant and workshop presenter on topics of educational equity, anti-racism, self-care and social and emotional learning. She has written about these topics in the Women Change Worlds blog and has articles in esteemed educational publications such as EdSurge, The 74million, and the Hechinger Report. Most recently, Kamilah was the Director of the Open Circle social and emotional learning program for children in elementary schools. She is a board member of the state social and emotional learning advocacy organization, SEL4MA and a steering committee member of the national SEL Providers Council. In all of her roles, Kamilah’s passion for social justice and the social and emotional wellbeing of children fuels her commitment to advocating for and educating others about the inextricable connections between social and emotional learning (SEL), social justice and anti-racism. Kamilah is also a trained leader with the National SEED Project where she has led cohorts of colleagues, educators and parents through year-long community building experiences that leverage the power of story-telling, self-reflection and truth-telling to bridge build and empower.

Catherine Wong is a highly recognized diversity, equity and inclusion practitioner scholar, whose career spans K-12 through higher education. She consults with organizations to develop and implement strategic action plans that are co-constructed with all stakeholders. At the core of Catherine’s approach is strengthening the intrinsic link between SEL and antiracism, working toward a decolonized mindset and engaging in collective leadership practices. Currently, Catherine is working part time as the Director of Equity Implementation for Leadership Brainery, a Massachusetts non profit organization committed to preparing diverse and first generation college students for postgraduate education and high wage careers. Most recently, she was the Director of Urban Outreach Initiatives, Boston College. Catherine also serves on the Massachusetts Consortium for Social-Emotional Learning in Teacher Education (SEL-TEd) Steering Committee; Boston Public Schools Equity Roundtable; Board of Advisors for E3, Education, Excellence and Equity; and, as an Expert Panelist for the Global Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Benchmarks (GDEIB).

Effective Advocacy for Social and Emotional Learning

Date: April 14, 2021
Time: 12:00 am - 12:00 am
Location: Online
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Public policy impacts what we’re able to do in schools and our communities—and all of us can influence those policies. Learn how to advocate for policies that weave SEL and antiracism into the fabric of education. Even if you’ve never advocated for legislation before, join us to learn the ins and outs of state advocacy in Massachusetts and how to be an effective advocate.

Presenters:
Rachel Poliner, SEL4MA Board Member
Ellen Gibson, J.D., SEL4MA Director of Policy & Advocacy

SEL in Massachusetts: What’s Happening and How to Get Involved

Date: March 26, 2021
Time: 12:00 am - 12:00 am
Location: Online
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Join us in celebrating International SEL Day by learning about exciting approaches around the Commonwealth to foster the social and emotional growth and well-being of young people, families, and staff as communities navigate these uncertain times. In this interactive webinar, discover resources that can support your efforts, as well as opportunities to get involved on the local and statewide level. And share with peers about activities in your community.

SEL Providers Virtual Showcase

Date: February 9, 2021
Time: 12:00 am - 12:00 am
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In the midst of COVID-19 and systemic racism, schools and out-of-school time organizations across Massachusetts are moving forward with plans for the future. Social and emotional needs are more pressing than ever and communities are considering a range of SEL programs and assessment as part of their overall approach.

With so many options to consider, it is challenging to decide what is right for your community.

At this SEL Providers Virtual Showcase, panels of experts will provide guidance on factors to consider in selecting SEL programs and assessments and identifying potential funding sources. And you will have the opportunity to learn about offerings from multiple SEL providers—in one place, in one day.