Professional Development

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Developing Adults’ Capacity to Promote Social and Emotional Learning

The new podcast series by The Wallace Foundation shares findings and early lessons from a RAND Corporation study of our Partnerships for Social and Emotional Learning Initiative (PSELI).

The five-episode series features in-depth conversations with school/district and afterschool/out-of-school time leaders about their experiences working together to help children develop social and emotional skills.

In episode 2, Knellee Bisram, SEL specialist with Prime Time Palm Beach County; Kristen Rulison, SEL manager for the School District of Palm Beach County; and Charlotte Peterman, cafeteria manager at Crosspointe Elementary School, describe their efforts to build a knowledge base and skill set among adults who are part of the initiative in the Florida school district.

"Teaching can be very stressful at times and we know that stress affects our health and well-being. We wanted to make sure that we were spending time to promote adult self-care practices and help educators be able to cope with stress and manage their own emotions. Our goal was to create space in the work environment where adults can cultivate, practice and reflect on their own SEL skills while feeling supported, valued and empowered." – Kristen Rulison

Tune in here.

Courtesy of NAA.