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7 Must-Haves for Successful and Sustainable Social-Emotional Learning
Wednesday July 25, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm EDT
Presented by Dr. O’Tasha Morgan, District Lead School Counselor, Richland School District Two, Columbia, SC; and Derrick Hershey, Principal, Shiloh Point Elementary School, Cumming, GA
Hosted by Lupita Knittel, President of 7 Mindsets
Sponsored by 7 Mindsets
From after-school programs to district-wide implementations, from small rural communities to the largest metro areas, for at-risk as well as gifted students, there are common practices that lead to creating a successful and sustainable social-emotional learning (SEL) environment and positive school culture, and achieving amazing results.
The 7 essential areas of focus for successful and sustainable SEL include:
- Committed leadership
- Personal and professional development for teachers and staff
- Integrated and flexible curriculum
- Engage students
- Engage parents
- Engage community
- A common language
In this edWebinar, Dr. O’Tasha Morgan from Richland School District Two in South Carolina, and Derrick Hershey from Shiloh Point Elementary School in Georgia, share their experience implementing mindsets-based SEL, including practical strategies and innovative approaches to incorporate these 7 essential elements.
Pre-K through high school level school and district leaders will benefit from watching this recorded session.
About the Presenters
O’Tasha Morgan, Ph.D. currently serves as the district lead school counselor for Richland School District Two, the fifth largest district in South Carolina with over 27,000 students. She earned her Ph.D. from the University of South Carolina, has been a school counselor for 20 years and works as an adjunct professor at Webster University. Dr. Morgan supervises the school counseling programs of 42 schools for grades K-12 and oversees the implementation of the ASCA National Model for school counseling. Her leadership has created a culture in which mentoring is not only expected but celebrated. Dr. Morgan credits this growth to her district’s holistic focus on the whole child and support of social-emotional learning. Various means of teaching and learning SEL have been utilized, not only with staff members, but also with students and parents. She enjoys traveling and is a wife and mom to two teenaged children.
Derrick Hershey has served students, parents and staff as the principal of Shiloh Point Elementary in Forsyth County, GA for three years and has been an educator (teacher, coach and administrator) for 16 years. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Toledo, a Masters of Education in Technology degree from Lesley University, and leadership add-on from Kennesaw State University. Derrick also serves as this year’s Co-Chair of the Beyond Propel Governance and Leadership Committee for the district. One of Derrick’s favorite quotes is, “When you serve in small ways, you get more opportunities to serve in bigger ways,” by Jon Gordon. Derrick and his wife have two young daughters.
About the Host
Lupita Knittel, President of 7 Mindsets, has more than 17 years’ experience of pioneering leadership in the K-12 education marketplace. Most recently she worked with PlanetHS and Promethean, where she was a core member of the leadership team that built Promethean. Prior to working at Promethean, she led strategic initiatives for Apple and Electronic Data Systems. Lupita began as a school teacher in her native Mexico, where she also founded and operated her own marketing research company.
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Combining elements of social-emotional learning and relationship-based teaching, 7 Mindsets distills extensive research on the nature of happiness and success into tools, curriculum and professional development that provide a new language and operating system for teachers, students and communities to thrive.
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