Jo Salazar is the lead author of CASEL Guide to Schoolwide SEL (2017) and leads the Supportive School Communities Project, coaching school-based teams in Chicago through their implementation of schoolwide SEL. She is passionate about school-family partnerships and authored the SEL Discussion Series for Parents and Caregivers. Jo is also a district consultant in El Paso, Texas and supports the district’s efforts to make SEL a part of every child’s education.
Jo is a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) and certified school social worker. Most recently she worked as a school climate specialist for the Chicago Public Schools in the Office of Social and Emotional Learning, where she led districtwide professional development sessions to help school teams build multi-tiered systems of support for social and emotional learning. She earned her master’s degree in school social work at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a bachelor’s degree in human services from Millikin University.