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SEL and Trauma-Sensitive Schools

Tuesday, May 14, 2019 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDT

SEL and Trauma-Sensitive Schools

Presented by Kimberly Merath, Social and Emotional Learning Supervisor, Milwaukee Public Schools, WI
Hosted by Juliet Kandel, Implementation and Training Manager, Committee for Children

Sponsored by Second Step

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Every classroom has students who experience trauma. Schools can address these children’s needs and improve their ability to learn by implementing trauma-sensitive practices. In this informative edWebinar, learn best practices for trauma-sensitive schools and how social-emotional learning (SEL) serves to support a trauma-sensitive approach.

The edWebinar features the work of Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS). MPS has implemented a thoughtful, research-based, comprehensive districtwide structure to create safe and supportive learning environments through a trauma-sensitive lens, with SEL as a foundational element. Learn the foundational elements of a trauma-sensitive approach to education, gain practical strategies to make the case for and build comprehensive trauma-sensitive supports in schools, and learn how SEL is a foundational support to trauma-sensitive schools.

This recorded presentation will be of interest to preK-8 and higher education teachers and school and district leaders.

About the Presenter

Kimberly Merath was a school psychologist in Milwaukee Public Schools for 14 years before becoming the social and emotional learning supervisor in 2017. In this role she works with the district violence prevention team to promote work in areas such as Second Step, social and emotional learning, trauma-sensitive schools, classroom management, and restorative practices. In collaboration with two federal grant projects, the violence prevention team has been focused on the integration of trauma-sensitive practices, social and emotional learning, and school-based mental health into the districtwide multi-tiered system of support.


About the Host

Juliet Kandel has worked in SEL, violence prevention, and substance abuse prevention since 1989. Formerly a district and school-level prevention coordinator, she has been with the nonprofit Committee for Children since 2003, where she is the implementation and training manager. She supports systemic SEL implementations across the country through consultation, strategic partnerships, and professional development.


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Second Step logoSecond Step, created by Committee for Children, is a program rooted in social-emotional learning (SEL) that helps transform schools into supportive, successful learning environments uniquely equipped to encourage children to thrive. More than just a classroom curriculum, Second Step’s holistic approach helps create a more empathetic society by providing education professionals, families, and the larger community with tools to enable them to take an active role in the social-emotional growth and safety of today’s children.


Tuesday, May 14, 2019
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDT
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