Creating Supportive Learning Communities
My work is focused on helping schools and teachers create supportive learning environments by infusing Social Emotional Learning (SEL) in their educational programs and teaching practices as they transition to the CCSS.
Teaching students and adults to regulate their emotions, establish positive relationships and solve conflicts is necessary to improve students’ experience in school, their sense of belonging and the quality of their learning.
For my doctoral dissertation, I researched the conditions that facilitate educational practices that attend to both students’ cognitive and social-emotional needs in a K-6 charter school in East Palo Alto, CA. The school is now in its 3rd year of implementation:
“It is common to hear students talk about learning from challenges and mistakes, navigating their emotions and creating positive actions both in their classrooms and on the playground. After one year of implementation, behavior referrals were reduced by 35%. We are still refining our SEL curriculum and school-wide program, but are really pleased with the outcomes thus far.” Principal
This website and blog is my starting point for helping you, teacher, administrator or parent, support students’ learning by helping them develop the skills of emotional intelligence.