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Together Again: SEL Solutions for the Year Ahead

Tuesday, August 17, 2021 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm EDT

Together Again: SEL Solutions for the Year Ahead

Presented by Dr. Linda Mayes, Director of the Yale Child Study Center; Michael Haggen, SVP, General Manager, LitPro & Collections, Scholastic Education Solutions; Chirlane McCray, First Lady of New York City, NYC Mayor’s Office of Community Mental Health; and Meisha Porter, Chancellor, New York City Department of Education

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With back to school around the corner, educators want to know how to provide social-emotional learning support when so many kids have been through so much.

How will the effects of the pandemic impact students’ mental health? Which behaviors should you look for when assessing their well-being? What are the best strategies to build resilience and foster growth for a happy, successful year?

Scholastic Magazines+ and the Yale Child Study Center have teamed up to bring you answers—actionable advice that’s up to date, research based and expert sourced. Check out our free SEL resource hub for back to school.

In this recorded edWebinar, watch Dr. Linda Mayes, Michael Haggen, Chirlane McCray, and Meisha Porter discuss:

  • The latest findings about COVID’s impact on students’ social-emotional health
  • How to recognize signs that students may need SEL support
  • Strategies and resources for addressing SEL issues that may arise this year
  • Partnering with parents during the crucial back-to-school transition and beyond

This recorded edWebinar will be of interest to preK-12 teachers, librarians, and school and district leaders.


Linda MayesAbout the Presenters

Dr. Linda Mayes is the Arnold Gesell Professor of Child Psychiatry, Pediatrics and Psychology at Yale and Director of the Yale Child Study Center. She is also Special Advisor to the Dean in the Yale School of Medicine. Trained as a pediatrician, Dr. Mayes focuses her research on stress-response and regulatory mechanisms in young children who are at biological and psychosocial risk. She has published widely in developmental psychology, pediatrics and child psychiatry literature. Dr. Mayes also studies how adults transition to parenthood. She and her colleagues at the Center have developed a series of interventions for parents, including an intensive home-based program called Minding the Baby.


Michael HaggenMichael Haggen brings more than 25 years of academic experience, having served as a teacher, principal, chief academic officer, and direct report to superintendents in three school districts. He served as Deputy Superintendent in the East Baton Rouge Parish School System, leading efforts and driving significant change that ultimately yielded increases in academic performance in 70 percent of schools. In St. Louis Public Schools, he developed and implemented a turnaround model for 30 schools, which helped lead to that system’s first accreditation in almost a decade. As Deputy Superintendent of New Orleans’ Recovery School District, Michael led the system-wide organization of an integrated learning supports program, designed to remove barriers to learning for students, including those returning home post-Hurricane Katrina. Today as Chief Academic Officer, Michael ensures that Scholastic Education is best able to support educators to improve student learning through its focus on instructional materials for literacy achievement, professional learning programs for teacher effectiveness, family and community engagement initiatives, and consulting services designed to strengthen integrated systems of learning supports.


Chirlane McCrayChirlane McCray, the First Lady of New York City, is nationally recognized as a champion for mental health reform. Named a 2019 “World Health Organization Champion” and a 2020 Empire Whole Health Hero by Crain’s New York, Ms. McCray created the NYC Mayor’s Office of Community Mental Health (previously known as ThriveNYC), the most comprehensive mental health plan of any city or state in the nation. She leads the Cities Thrive Coalition, bringing together more than 200 mayors, county officials, and thought leaders from all 50 states to improve mental health care delivery. As the co-chair of New York City’s Taskforce on Racial Inclusion and Equity, Ms. McCray helps ensure that the city’s recovery from COVID-19 includes giving hard-hit communities access to resources and services like mental health care, broadband, and small business support. The First Lady also chairs the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City and co-chairs the NYC Commission on Gender Equity.


Meisha PorterMeisha Porter is Chancellor of the New York City Department of Education. She is the first Black woman to lead the education of the system’s 1 million students in over 1,800 schools. A lifelong New Yorker and product of the City’s public schools, Chancellor Porter has climbed every rung of the DOE’s professional ladder over nearly 25 years: community coordinator, English teacher, assistant principal, principal, district superintendent, and Bronx executive superintendent before ascending to Chancellor. Under her leadership in her most recent position, graduation rate increases in the Bronx outpaced the gains of other boroughs. Just as her own local public education enabled her to achieve success, she is driven by the mission of enabling all students to realize their dreams.


Closed captioning will be added to the recording within 2 weeks of the live presentation.

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Tuesday, August 17, 2021
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