5 Reasons Transforming Ed’s Upcoming SEL Policy Forum Should be on Your Radar

On October 26th, 2015, the TransformEd team is teaming up with the Rennie Center for Education Research & Policy, and Mass INC to host a policy forum. The event will  synthesize evidence on social-emotional learning (SEL), address the state of SEL practice in public schools, and share innovative SEL approaches in schools and districts.  We’re pretty excited and here’s why you should be too:  

1 | We invited some big names to share their perspectives. 

The perspectives of leaders in the education field in Massachusetts and nationally will be captured with guests including Martin West, Associate Professor of Education, Harvard University Graduate School of Education.

2Shh! You’ll Get a Sneak Preview of our Paper.

We are excited to share highlights from our soon-to-be-released paper, Ready to Be Counted: The Research Case for Education Policy Action on Non-cognitive Skills. The paper summarizes the state of research about the importance of social-emotional skills around 9 research headlines related to academic, career, and well-being outcomes.  The paper is aimed at policymakers, state and school district leaders, education nonprofit leaders, and educators.

3 |  The panel will share insights and implications from the playpen to the boardroom.

We will have a rich panel discussion featuring a range of experts and practitioners from the across the Pre-K-workforce spectrum, facilitated by Chad d’Entremont, Executive Director of the Rennie Center.  The panel will discuss how to foster social-emotional skills, the importance of these skills for short- and long-term outcomes, and the policies that support these efforts. The panelists include:

  • Colleen Lennon | Principal of the Wetherbee School in Lawrence
  • Meg Mayo-Brown | Superintendent of the Fall River Public Schools
  • Harriet Tolpin | Senior Advisor for Workforce Development & Community Health at Partners HealthCare
  • Joan Wasser Gish | Chairperson of the Committee on Policy, Research & Communications, Massachusetts Board of Early Education and Care

4 |  We reached standing room only. 2 weeks ago!

This demonstrates the tremendous interest in social-emotional learning.  The attendees range from superintendents and school committee members to foundation staff, legislative representatives, educators, and many others.  The interest from education professionals from all domains of the education field indicates that this topic resonates broadly from the classroom to the policy level. It’s time to move forward with implementing SEL into our policies and our schools.

5 | This is only the beginning. 

We’re pretty excited by the response we’ve gotten from featured speakers, panelists, and attendees, but we’re only getting started. We look forward to continuing the partnership with Mass INC and the Rennie Center for Education Research & Policy to leverage the tremendous interest shown by this event in building students’ social-emotional skills in Massachusetts and beyond. We can’t wait to follow up with you after the event to get your thoughts and ideas.

Can’t make it or didn’t RSVP in time? We’ve got you covered.

It’s never too soon or too late to join the conversation. Use #SELpolicy on twitter before, during, and after the event to add your voice! After the event, we’ll share videos, re-caps, and resources on our site. In the meantime, follow us on Twitter, read and subscribe to our newsletter to stay up-to-date, and learn more about Mindsets, Essential Skills, and Habits (MESH).

By |2015-10-15T13:20:39-04:00October 15, 2015|

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