Jill Merolla

Social-Emotional Learning in Action

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What You'll Learn

  • Hear how Jill’s school district has been implementing a mindfulness and social-emotional learning program system-wide for 10 years ago and learn the impacts its having now

  • Explore mindfulness and social-emotional learning as tools to bring humanity back into data-driven education

  • Learn how students who are trained in mindfulness and social-emotional learning are setting a precedent for their entire community

About Jill Merolla

Jill Merolla is entering her 33rd year as an educator (10 years as an elementary teacher, 13 years as a principal, and 10 years as District Administrator), working the entire time in the Warren City Schools in Warren, Ohio. She is currently serving as Supervisor of Community Outreach and Grant Development. She supervises all District School Counselors and School Community Liaisons working to connect local resources to support our families at risk. With her SEL work, she has collaborated with CASEL (Collaborative for Academic Social Emotional Learning) attending numerous trainings. She conducted a CASEL webinar in 2016 and presented at the Reno CASEL National Convening and the National School Psychologist Public Policy Forum. Jill is a member of the national TEL-Transformative Educational Leadership cohort started in 2018 that furthers the work of transforming our schools through social emotional learning, mindfulness, and equity activism.

About Rona Wilensky, PhD

Rona Wilensky is Director of Mindfulness Programs at PassageWorks Institute where she teaches SMART in Education, a mindfulness program for educators. From 1992- 2009 she was founding principal of New Vista High School, an innovative public high school of choice in Boulder, Colorado. She is a Fellow of the Mind and Life Institute and was member of the Leadership Council of the Garrison Institute’s Initiative on Contemplative Teaching and Learning. Rona holds a B.A. and Ph.D. in Economics from Yale University and taught that subject at Williams College and the University of Denver in the early 1980’s.

Check out Rona's work at PassageWorks.

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  1. Irene Kenison October 20, 2019 at 10:54 pm - Reply

    Thank you for inspirational initiative to bring mindfulness and SEL to your district.

  2. Irene Kenison October 20, 2019 at 10:06 pm - Reply

    Thank you for your commitment to this inspirational initiative.

  3. Irene Kenison October 20, 2019 at 10:04 pm - Reply

    Thank you for commitment to deepening and extending your initiative to bring SEL and mindfulness to your district. Truly inspirational.

  4. Irene Kenison October 20, 2019 at 9:49 pm - Reply

    Thank you for your story of starting slowlyand then deepening and extending your initiative to sustain mindfulness and SEL in the district – truly inspirational!

  5. Joan Tetrault October 20, 2019 at 7:03 pm - Reply

    Thank you for sharing your experience and for the consistent effort you all put forth in the Warren Schools. You are making such a huge impact on students, educators, and the larger community!

  6. Valerie Kelly October 20, 2019 at 6:12 pm - Reply

    Tim Ryan is an agent of change by being the change we all expect. He practices each day. It is encouraging that it has such a positive impact on this particular school District.

  7. may zaw naing October 20, 2019 at 10:41 am - Reply

    Thank you. Proud of your great work.

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