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Social-Emotional Learning and Academic Success

Thursday, May 12, 2022 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDT

Social-Emotional Learning and Academic Success

Presented by Amy Walker, Director of Strategic Partnerships, Committee for Children; and Sherri Widen, Ph.D., Research Manager, Committee for Children

Sponsored by Second Step

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Schools across the country are working hard to support the academic success of their students. A strong body of research shows us that implementing social-emotional learning (SEL) strategies can help. View for an engaging discussion about how implementing research-based, high-quality SEL programs can support your students’ academic achievement.

This recorded edWebinar is of interest to K-12 teachers, school and district leaders, librarians, education technology leaders, curriculum advisors, SEL advisors, and school counselors and social workers.


Amy WalkerAbout the Presenters

A national expert on implementing systemic social-emotional learning in large school districts, Amy Walker has spoken at dozens of conferences in the United States and abroad about SEL, violence prevention, bullying prevention, and child protection. At Committee for Children, she works to develop and maintain partnerships with businesses, organizations, and individuals to help expand Committee for Children’s reach and impact. Prior to joining Committee for Children in 2001, Amy taught at an elementary school and an Argentinean university, in addition to having a successful career in corporate sales. She has a bachelor’s degree in international cultural studies from Western Washington University.


Sherri WidenWith a combined background in research and intervention, Dr. Sherri Widen joined Committee for Children in 2018. As the research manager, she oversees research assistants as they help develop SEL products that are both research informed and evidence based. “We want to make sure any claims we’re making, or particular things we’re trying to teach kids, are supported by the research out there,” she says. “We also collect our own data so we can inform people about changes in our curricula.” She received a BA in psychology and an MA in developmental psychology from the University of British Columbia and went on to earn her doctorate in developmental psychology from Boston College.


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Second Step logoCommittee for Children is a global nonprofit dedicated to helping children thrive. Our Second Step® family of programs creates brighter futures for kids everywhere through social-emotional learning (SEL). We’ve recently expanded our curricula to include digital programs for Grades K–8, and new programs for out-of-school time and adult SEL.

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Thursday, May 12, 2022
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDT
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