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.