Social and Emotional Learning Specialist
Judith Nuss is a consultant focusing on the Austin, Tex., and Cleveland, Ohio, collaborating school districts. The director of social and emotional learning (SEL) for the school district of Harrisburg, Penn. between 2005 and 2010, she led the successful K-12 infusion of SEL into the district’s curriculum, professional development and practices. Her background in PreK-12 education includes elementary teaching, school administration, youth development, parent and community relations, systems change leadership, and education consulting. Her passion is social and emotional learning.
While acquiring her master’s degree in community psychology and social change relevant to public education, she worked on the research and evaluation teams of Mark Greenberg at Penn State University’s Prevention Research Center. During her tenure in Harrisburg, she was a member of the superintendent’s cabinet, which enabled her to provide insight and direction for the improvement of implementation of evidence-based SEL programs and other systemic changes. She has collaborated with community groups and agencies to develop curriculum to reduce the disproportionate minority involvement in the justice system and has been a leader in developing the Civics Alliance curriculum promoted by Judge Midge Rendell, wife of the former Pennsylvania governor.
As an independent consultant, her focus is to use her passion and knowledge about social and emotional learning to collaborate with others to generate positive outcomes for schools and communities, especially through high-quality and systemic implementation of social and emotional learning.