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Learn How to Get Federal Funding for Social-Emotional Learning Programs at Your School

Tuesday, June 22, 2021 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm EDT

Learn How to Get Federal Funding for Social-Emotional Learning Programs at Your School

Presented by Rita Ferrandino, Founding Partner, Arc Capital Development; and Dr. Cotrane D. Penn, Executive Director, Student Wellness & Academic Support, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (NC)
Moderated by Scott Shickler, CEO and Co-Creator, 7 Mindsets

Sponsored by 7 Mindsets

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This recorded edWebinar reviews the process Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools used in procuring their social-emotional learning (SEL) program and how they were able to identify and use federal funding to support this SEL initiative. The presenters also cover specific details on how the American Rescue Plan (ARP) and CARES Act include specific funds allocated to support students’ post-pandemic social-emotional and mental health needs.

Viewers will walk away:

  • Understanding federal funding programs available—including traditional funding and allocations in the recent COVID relief packages
  • Knowing what federal funding is specifically available for SEL initiatives
  • Learning how a large school district was able to apply for and receive funding dollars to support their new social-emotional learning program
  • Understanding a best-practice approach to selecting an SEL solution
  • With helpful resources and links to various funding sites—highlighting specific dollars currently allocated to states and districts

This recorded edWebinar will be of interest to preK-12 school and district leaders, funding directors, and SEL directors. 


Rita FerrandinoAbout the Presenters

Rita Ferrandino has built an international reputation as one of the most effective strategists and coalition builders in the education entrepreneurship community. She is a recognized STEM education expert, an authority on U.S. education policy and politics, and a leader in Future of Work strategies. Rita is the founding partner at Arc Capital Development, a global private investment and advisory firm. Arc invests in, operates and advises companies in the education and corporate training markets and has served over 150 clients in the U.S., Australia, Canada, Mexico, Singapore, Hong Kong, China, Ireland, Turkey, Israel and India. Arc clients and portfolio companies provide products generating over a billion dollars a year worldwide. Rita’s career highlights include being Salesperson of the Year at Pearson Education for three consecutive years, selling more than $178 million of products to the higher education and K-12 markets, leading the acquisition effort for more than 50 STEM titles, and forming revenue-producing alliances with more than a dozen of the industry’s largest publishers and distributors. She has been responsible for double-digit sales growth for at least six years at two different major publishers. Rita currently is the innovation consultant at the Catalyst @ Penn GSE Innovation Center at the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education. She was the lead capstone instructor at the Education Entrepreneurship Graduate Program for four years. For three years, she was President of the Education Design Studio, Inc. incubator funded in collaboration with the Milken Family Foundation and University of Pennsylvania.


Cotrane Penn

Dr. Cotrane Penn is the executive director of student wellness & academic support for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS). CMS is the 17th-largest school district in the nation, serving 142,000 students who attend 176 schools. She currently leads a host of programs addressing the social, emotional, academic, and general wellness needs of students. The department has been focused on increasing student access to social and emotional supports; that work will continue with greater intensity in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Dr. Penn earned her Ph.D. in school psychology from the University of California, Berkeley, and is a proud graduate of Hampton University. Her studies and research focused on the achievement of African American students and the influence of parental involvement on student achievement. Following graduate school, she worked as a school psychologist in California and North Carolina. Later, she transitioned into various district leadership roles including Mental Health Program Manager, developing and leading the district’s mental health programs.


Scott ShicklerAbout the Moderator

Scott Shickler is a sought-after speaker, thought leader and the bestselling author of The 7 Mindsets to Live Your Ultimate Life. He has been featured in a variety of media including CNN, ABC, and NBC News, The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. Scott is the CEO and co-founder of the 7 Mindsets, a global education company serving millions of students and educators through a life-changing, mindsets-based, social and emotional learning program. Scott grew up in New York and now lives in Atlanta with his wife and two sons. In addition to his role with 7 Mindsets, he is the co-founder of the Magic Wand Foundation, a non-profit organization devoted to empowering youth to live their dreams.


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7 Mindsets is a proven, research-based social emotional learning solution for PK-12 districts and schools, enabling them to create and sustain positive school cultures rooted in healthy relationships. The 7 Mindsets SEL and Equity program, SELEQUITY™, provides in person and virtual PK-12 and adult curriculum including lessons and activities, coaching, implementation support, and professional development.

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Tuesday, June 22, 2021
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm EDT
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