SELF presents at 3rd Annual SAM Conference

On May 22, 2014, SELF presented at the third annual Social Emotional Learning Alliance of Massachusetts (SAM) conference, “Leveraging SEL in an Era of Accountability”

Social Emotional Learning for Families (SELF ©): A culturally responsive approach to engaging families in SEL –Karen Craddock, Margaret Kiwanuka, Charlotte “Dee” Spinkston

Our 2 hour fully attended session included participants from across the state representing a range of child and family serving professionals including, school social workers, community-based providers, mental health professionals, educators, policy advocates, leaders from the non-profit sectors and SEL product developers.

The session was evaluated highly and includes some of the following comments:

“Very stimulating discussion, thoughtful & respectful of all backgrounds”

“This was one of the best sessions I have attended in recent conferences!”


 “Reminders of the impact of family stressors on the child”

The conference sessions generated ideas and inspiration for implementing social-emotional learning (SEL) even – and especially – in today’s educational context. Sessions and discussions offered creative and culturally responsive approaches to SEL in schools, districts, and families.

Sponsors: Leaders & Learners, Teachers21, Open Circle, Lesson One, Massachusetts Character Education Partnership, GetPsychedSports, Voices Literature and Writing Program, Committee for Children, Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology, Parents Forum, Responsive Classroom, Yale’s Center for Emotional Intelligence, ESR, National School Climate Center, MASCD, Six Seconds, Clueberry World, Harvard/McLean’s Program in Education, Afterschool, and Resiliency


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