Heather Schwartz helps to translate essential learning from the field into resources and professional development that support systemic SEL implementation.
Before coming to CASEL, Heather worked as an instructional coach on Chicago’s southwest side. In this role she worked directly with teachers to help them create intellectually active and engaging learning experiences for students. She also worked with schools’ leadership teams to conceive of and implement improvements to school culture. Before becoming a coach, Heather taught seventh-grade language arts and social studies. She was trained in both Facing History and Ourselves and Developmental Designs.
Heather completed a master’s degree in educational leadership at Columbia University Teachers College, along with degrees from Oberlin and Northwestern. She is a certified yoga teacher and is trained to lead mindfulness classes for grades K-12 through Mindful Schools.
Heather aspires to contribute to a more just society by supporting SEL in schools.