Kim Schonert-Reichl, PhD

Educating the Heart: Social Emotional Learning for Creating Connection

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What You'll Learn

  • Learn what the 5 competencies of Social Emotional Learning are and how they can be intentionally incorporated into educational curriculum

  • Hear why SEL is necessary to promote positive qualities like empathy, compassion and resilience, and why it belongs in schools as secular characteristics to develop in every student

  • Understand how mindfulness can mitigate stress in learning environments and grow compassion and connection among students and staff

About Kim Schonert-Reichl, PhD

Dr. Kimberly Schonert-Reichl is an Applied Developmental Psychologist and a Professor in Faculty of Education at the University of British Columbia (UBC) and the Director of the Human Early Learning Partnership (HELP). Before beginning her graduate work, she was a middle school teacher and a high school teacher for at-risk youth. Known as a world renowned expert in the area of social and emotional learning (SEL), Dr. Schonert-Reichl is the recipient of many outstanding achievement awards for her research. Dr. Schonert-Reichl serves as an advisor to the British Columbia (BC) Ministry Education, an Expert Advisor to the Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development’s (OECD) Education 2030 initiative, a Board Member of the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL), an advisor to UNESCO’s Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Education for Peace and Sustainable Development (MGIEP) on SEL, a member of the Educational Testing Service’s panel on research, and an advisor to the Dalai Lama Center for Peace and Education.

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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.

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  1. Andrew October 21, 2019 at 8:03 pm - Reply

    Lots of interesting research. Particularly found the concept of teaching young students science about how the brain works fascinating. I was also interested to hear about the Jan-July ‘dip’ and wonder if this is a particularly American thing or whether research shows this dip in more international settings.

  2. Sue October 21, 2019 at 4:53 am - Reply

    Thank you for such helpful research information. Sue

  3. Alicia Benitez October 20, 2019 at 10:58 pm - Reply

    What a great opportunity to learn and listen about hidden curriculum. Totally agree about the positive or negative influence we all have as a teachers.
    Congratulations for all positive changes you have achieved, I could feel your excitement and energy! Awesome. Thank you !!!

  4. Irene Kenison October 20, 2019 at 7:15 pm - Reply

    Comprehensive research-based info – happy we are moving toward promoting positive outcomes rather than preventing negative ones. Looks like SEL is positively impacting both academic and social growth. Thank you.

  5. Valerie Kelly October 20, 2019 at 10:36 am - Reply

    CASEL crucial for our global change in the human developmental experience! Character education begins in every individual and children learn what they live….hidden curriculum!!!!! Mindful Communication huge! Vicarious trauma….everywhere. Love the field of epigenetics!!!

  6. Alexa Simon October 20, 2019 at 10:13 am - Reply

    This is wonderful information and truly helps drive home the sincere need for social and emotional learning in school systems! Thank you!

    Alexa Simon, Owner of Minnesota Kids Yoga Co. (United States)

  7. may zaw naing October 20, 2019 at 2:36 am - Reply

    Thank you for amazing works.

  8. ISABEL ARLINE DUQUE October 19, 2019 at 9:21 pm - Reply

    Thanks for sharing, extraordinary presentation, wonderful to hear about all your well documented research on SEL, can´t wait to read the results!
    Greetings from Mexico!

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