Social & Emotional Learning: Understanding It To Improve It

Published on April 16, 2014 | Written by
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Please Join Us Monday, May 5th from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
for a community conversation on Social & Emotional Learning:
 Understanding It to Improve It

Social and emotional learning (SEL) and the competent behaviors, attitudes and skills it promotes are critical for success in school, college, career and life. A growing base of research shows that SEL skills, considered 21st century skills, matter for learning and success. They are also key factors in bullying prevention, enhancing school climate, encouraging healthy decision making, and reducing the need for disciplinary action. City and business leaders recognize the importance of these skills for success in the workplace and in life.

But much work remains to help people better understand what SEL is and how we can best assess and build SEL competencies in youth in family, school, and community settings.

We invite you to join education, foundation, municipal, business, faith, and other community leaders on Monday, May 5th from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm at TCF Stadium at the University of Minnesota for the first part of a two-day SEL Summit. Hear from nationally known researchers and educators who have measured SEL and used the data to improve school and community initiatives in Vancouver, Canada and Boston, Massachusetts. We encourage participants to attend as community “teams” of education, faith, philanthropic and municipal leaders.

Join Saint Paul Mayor Chris Coleman, president of the National League of Cities, and the U.S. Department of Education’s Deputy Secretary of Education Jim Shelton as we learn about social and emotional competencies, why they are important, and how they relate to the achievement and opportunity gaps. You will have an opportunity to ask questions, learn and discuss intentional SEL skill development and assessment with local colleagues and others from across the state.

If attending in person, please click here to register.

If attending on line, please click here to register.

Day two of the summit is a symposium titled Social and Emotional Learning: Assess it to address it. To learn more about this second day and register for it, please visit the Extension Center for Youth Development website.

This summit is a joint University of Minnesota and Youthprise initiative designed to move from understanding to action. The conference is proud to collaborate with the National League of Cities Institute for Youth, Education, and Families, the U.S. Department of Education, and many local organizations to create this free opportunity for learning and discussing pressing issues in youth development in our communities.

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