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Six New ‘CASEL Weissberg Scholars’ To Spur Innovations in Social and Emotional Learning

Second cohort of scholars of social, emotional, and academic learning were selected for CASEL’s two-year program that honors the legacy of Dr. Roger P. Weissberg

October 30, 2023

 The Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) has announced the second class of the CASEL Weissberg Scholars, a program to mentor and support early career scholars in innovative research on social, emotional, and academic learning. As more education leaders prioritize social and emotional learning (SEL) as part of long-term recovery efforts, this program helps identify new strategies and evidence-based practices to support all students and educators through the next generation of SEL research. 

To help achieve that vision, we are proud to introduce the 2023 CASEL Weissberg Scholars: Rebecca Baelen, Anabela Caetano Santos, Cheyeon Ha, Johari Harris, Sophia Hwang, and Dana Murano. Learn more about the scholars on the program webpage.

“The CASEL Weissberg Scholars program is focused on inspiring the next generation of scholars and educators who embody Dr. Roger Weissberg’s commitment to advancing evidence-based research, collaboration, practice, and policy to support the positive development of children, families, and communities,” said Kimberly Schonert-Reichl, Ph.D. (Chair, CASEL Weissberg Scholars Program). “This new cohort represents an outstanding group of early career scholars who will help lead the way to new innovations and discoveries in SEL research, practice, and policy.”

Participation in the two-year CASEL Weissberg Scholars program enables scholars to gain valuable exposure to the SEL field and allows them to interact with thought leaders in SEL research, practice, and policy. They will receive educational and professional development, as well as join a collaborative community of early career scholars who are eager to make a difference. Scholars will be provided mentorship from senior scholars in the field of SEL and receive guidance and support in their pursuit of educational and professional goals to innovate and advance SEL.

The 2021-2023 cohort included 10 scholars whose research includes examining what types of teacher-child relationships matter most for early social and emotional development, how youth develop beliefs and actions to challenge racism, and the connections between teachers’ occupational health and well-being and their students’ social and emotional development.  

Early career scholars are defined as individuals who have received their Ph.D., Ed.D., or equivalent research degree between January 2018 and October 2023, and have demonstrated experience and a commitment to collaborative research approaches. Learn more about the program and the inaugural cohort

CASEL would like to thank Dan McCormick for providing Towards Kindness Grants to Weissberg scholars to undertake research related to prosociality among children, youth, and/or adults. CASEL also recognizes Fetzer Institute and Pure Edge, Inc., for their support of the first cohort of CASEL Weissberg Scholars.

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