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Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) at a Distance

Monday, April 20, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDT

Distance SEL

Presented by Mary Ann Wolf, Ph.D., Sr. Director, The Friday Institute; and Justina Schlund, Director of Field Learning, CASEL; Sandy Chambers, Ed.D., Principal, Hortons Creek Elementary, NC; and Angela Ramey, 7th Grade Math Teacher, China Grove Middle School, Rowan-Salisbury Schools, NC

Sponsored by The Friday Institute for Educational Innovation at NC State University in collaboration with CASEL


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Addressing social and emotional learning (SEL) is shown to support the whole child and increase achievement. Focusing on SEL has never been more critical than during our current crisis and shift to remote learning. In this edWebinar, leaders from the Friday Institute and CASEL are joined by an elementary principal and a middle school teacher to discuss strategies and activities to transition SEL from the face-to-face setting to remote learning. Presenters address how to foster meaningful connections with students and families when we do not get to see them on a regular basis and explore how to continue to build and sustain the learning community that students rely on through their schools. This recorded edWebinar will provide specific practices and tools that provide opportunities for connection, reflection, and practicing empathy in the new remote learning environments.

This recorded edWebinar will be of benefit to preK through high school teachers, librarians, school and district leaders, and instructional coaches.


Mary Ann WolfAbout the Presenters

Mary Ann is the Senior Director of the Professional Learning and Leading Collaborative (PLLC) at the Friday Institute for Educational Innovation at NC State University. She and her team lead ongoing, job-embedded professional learning to guide superintendents, district teams, and principals, coaches, and teachers in North Carolina and across the country. Mary Ann and her team have led the development of the Learning Differences and Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) online courses and micro-credentials, with over 20,000 participants across the world. Mary Ann co-wrote Leading Personalized and Digital Learning: A Framework for Implementing School Change through Harvard Education Press, as well as many other publications on personalized learning, culture, leadership, and learning analytics. Mary Ann was previously a fifth grade teacher and the Executive Director of the State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA), was a member of the NAEP Technology Literacy Assessment steering committee and testified before the US House of Representatives Education and Labor Committee. Mary Ann is also the Chair of a Local School Board in NC.


Justina SchlundJustina Schlund oversees efforts to translate essential learning from the field into resources and professional development that supports systemic SEL implementation. . She also supervises the development and continuous refinement of key CASEL products that provide research-informed and field-tested guidance to districts and schools, including the CASEL Guide to Schoolwide SEL and the District Resource Center.

Prior to joining CASEL, Justina was the executive director of Chicago Public School’s Office of Social and Emotional Learning, where she led districtwide improvement strategies to foster supportive learning environments that promote the social and emotional development of all students. These strategies scaled SEL implementation across more than 430 schools in the district. In her seven years at CPS, Justina’s work also focused on reducing the use of punitive disciplinary practices, resulting in a 76% reduction in out of school suspensions, and launching a districtwide initiative to build organizational commitment to addressing issues of race and equity.


Sandy ChambersDr. Sandy Chambers is in her third year as Principal of Hortons Creek Elementary in Cary, NC. She is in her twenty-fourth year as an educator which includes teaching and administrative experience in the Durham Public Schools System and Wake County Public Schools System in North Carolina. She received Bachelor’s and Doctorate of Education degrees from UNC-Chapel Hill, and a Masters of Elementary Education degree from North Carolina Central University. She is a TED-Ed Innovative Educator and was invited as a guest to attend the TEDSummit in Banff, Canada, June 2016.

At her previous school, she lead the transformative digital journey from BYOD – Bring Your Own Device to Digital Learning as well as in the evolution stages of implementing Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS), a cultural change for student success. At Hortons Creek Elementary, themes of #hawksdoitdifferent and #otherhawksmatter brand it’s reputation in equity and connections to others. Dr. Chambers is extremely passionate about erasing systematic educational structures while growing intrinsically motivated students and teachers. She lives by the Simon Sinek quote “Working hard for something we don't care about is called stress: Working hard for something we love is called passion.” Her passion also lies within creating opportunities for all students to integrate technology and experience collaboration, creativity, communication and critical thinking skills through equitable practices daily. Dr. Chambers believes in and strives to become better everyday. But the most important thing you need to know about Dr. Chambers is that, as a former Tarheel Cheerleader, she bleeds Tarheel blue!


Angela RameyAngela Ramey is a 7th grade math teacher at China Grove Middle School in North Carolina. Right before the school bell rings, her students circle up for afternoon family meeting. Every day, her elementary students share around the circle. Various topics are covered, laughs are shared, and memories are created. Currently teaching middle school, scheduling these meetings looks a little different. One thing is sure to happen every day. Before leaving, students will give each other a high five and say, “You Matter.” This is the culture Ms. Ramey has set in her classroom. It has been part of her teaching philosophy, “to create culture, we must build relationships.” Ms. Ramey’s students have shared this tradition and she plans to continue it throughout her career. Ms. Ramey has taught at the elementary level for 9 years and the middle school level for 2 years. She received Teacher of the Year in 2017 and is her middle school’s ambassador for the Innovation Academy. She leads presentations at NCCTM, Innovation Academy, NCTies, and more. She is passionate about enriching the classroom lessons through building positive relationships. Inspired by her students, she wrote a book titled, Like a River, You Matter! And, now she is exploring podcasting! She loves to share ideas. You can follow her on Twitter @rameyac and Instagram @youmatter_teacher.

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Monday, April 20, 2020
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDT
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