Upcoming Conference: Every Classroom, Every Day

By: Tom Golebiewski, Ph.D., L.C.S.W. Social Work Consultant at Wolcott School; Adjunct Instructor, Northwestern University, Master’s Of Science in Education Program


The Tyree Institute at Wolcott School and Northwestern University will hold an inaugural conference on Social Emotional Learning (SEL) at the Wolcott School, 545 N. Wolcott Ave, Chicago on April 27, 2018.


The title, Every Classroom, Every Day, guided the design of the conference to provide workshops that are applicable, experiential and relevant to curriculum, instruction and practice. The conference advances the integration of social emotional learning to demonstrate and highlight connection between skills, while building capacities.


Keynote presenters will provide an overview of SEL and Restorative Justice while each workshop illustrates activities, approaches and resources that may inspire new and innovative ways to integrate SEL in learning and schools.


The program provides varied and multiple pathways for learning.  The various sessions will explore topical strands such as mindfulness, restorative justice community circles, and play. Demonstrations will be practice oriented. Teachers from various disciplines and content areas will provide a foundation and framework that illustrates and integrates SEL practices in the classroom. The day will provide opportunities for networking, collaboration and potentially new relationships and resources.


The goals and objectives of this conference are to integrate through demonstration and discussion by classroom teachers’ curriculum and instructional practices used explicitly and intentionally in their classrooms; to innovate through experiential activities that use mindfulness, play, community circles/restorative justice practices, and techniques that emphasize skills and a growth mindset.  Through this inaugural workshop we hope to inspire a community of partners committed to advancing SEL development in schools.


Here is the registration link for the conference. For additional information, please contact tgolebiewski@wolcottschool.org

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  1. WestEd’s Reading Apprenticeship was one of only nine programs in the nation to earn a spot on the “SELect” list in the just-released 2015 CASEL Guide: Effective Social and Emotional Learning Programs—Middle and High School Edition. Programs that qualified as “SELect” had to prove that their approach was both evidence-based and effective in achieving outcomes such as improved academics, improved attitudes, and reduced problem behavior. The aim of the Guide is to provide educators with information for selecting and implementing existing SEL programs in their schools and districts. Social and emotional learning has always been a key component of the Reading Apprenticeship Framework, which emphasizes the need for teachers to create safe classrooms and positive communication – part of the Social and Personal Dimensions – in order for students to fully engage in deeper learning while developing the persistence and confidence they need to make sense of challenging texts.

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