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Bridging the Gap Between SEL and Coding for Early Learning

Thursday, November 19, 2020 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EST

Bridging the Gap Between SEL and Coding for Early Learning

Presented by Machele Clark, Senior Learning Leader, Eduscape
Moderated by Kristie Brown, General Manager, Makeblock Education US

Sponsored by Makeblock Education

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In this edWebinar, discover how coding and robotics can bridge the gap between key SEL development and play-based, screen-free coding activities. Why is this so important? In early childhood, it is critical for learners to develop and foster social and emotional learning skills in order to build an understanding of self, how they relate to others and the world around them. Coding and robotics are powerful tools that can help learners, as young as three years old, target and learn through play-based instruction to develop self-awareness, self-management, social-awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision-making.

This recprded edWebinar will be of interest to preK-3 teachers and school and district leaders. 


Machele ClarkAbout the Presenter

Machele Clark has taught in the classroom for seven years prior to joining Eduscape as a learning leader. Machele holds a bachelor’s in sociology from St. Lawrence University, and a master’s in education and master’s in educational psychology from Marist College. Throughout her educational journey, Machele gained several teaching certifications for both New York State and for the National Board Certification. After receiving her bachelor’s degree, Machele spent three years working for a public rural school district in Wallkill, NY, before spending four years as a fifth-grade teacher for a private Jewish Day School in Brooklyn. As a fifth-grade teacher, Machele was her team leader and guided her team through the course content, material, and lesson plans. Machele also acted as a mentor for new teacher to join the school as well as helped facilitate learning plans for creating effective lesson plans.


Kristie BrownAbout the Moderator

Kristie Brown is a lifelong educator, learner, and advocate for hands-on, problem-based STEAM learning! She has dedicated her career to helping teachers embrace this state of education. In her early experience as a high school science teacher, Kristie realized that she needed to update her practices in order to create a passion for learning in her students that extends beyond traditional education. While teaching gifted classes, she learned the value of problem- and project-based learning and moved all of her curricula to incorporate these strategies. This change is what brought her out of the classroom and into STEAM consulting with LEGO Education. Working as a STEAM and computer science consultant for the past 13 years, Kristie strives to ensure every educator has access to quality tools that will drive students to become critical thinkers and problem solvers. As the current general manager of Makeblock Education, she continues to be dedicated to the mission of providing educators with what they need to Teach the Future Today so our learners can build a better tomorrow!


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Makeblock EducationMakeblock Education strives to deliver solutions that foster a growth mindset in the next generation of problem solvers by developing 21st-century skills in students around the world. Our mission is to empower teachers with a continuum of solutions to make Computer Science and STEAM education engaging and accessible to all.

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Thursday, November 19, 2020
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EST
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