Professional Development

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The Role of Coaches in Promoting 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 4, Colleen Galvin Labbe, lead social and emotional learning instructional coach for Boston Public Schools, and Kimberley Williams, former principal of Joyce Kilmer School in Boston, discuss the critical role that coaches play in bridging in school and afterschool SEL activities.

"When you consider coaching as a lever for SEL, you have to understand that you're going to get the outcomes and impact from that position and role ... When you have a coach, you have a person who helps keep the many competing demands, that it helps to keep SEL at the center of the work that's happening." – Kimberley Williams

Tune in here.

Courtesy of NAA.