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Integrating SEL into Lesson Planning: Developing Relationship Skills Through Collaboration

Thursday, May 26, 2022 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm EDT


Presented by Opal Davis Dawson, Faculty, ASCD

Sponsored by ASCD

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When students work in groups, it can feel like they’re splitting up work and completing the task in parallel. Yet, we all know there is so much opportunity for rich interactions in group work and a chance for students to learn to work well with others and collaborate authentically. When fully implemented, students apply positive social skills, depend on each other, and persevere through difficulties they may have with assignments.

In this edWebinar, viewers:

  • Articulate the connection between relationship skills, collaboration, and academic growth
  • Integrate relationship skills into their lesson planning through student collaboration and other strategies

This recorded edWebinar is of interest to K-12 teachers and school and district leaders. 


Opal Davis DawsonAbout the Presenter

Opal Davis Dawson is an author, educational consultant, coach, and award-winning PreK–5 public Montessori school principal with nearly 30 years of experience in education. While principal, she led her school in the implementation of the Understanding by Design® framework, with a focus on early childhood and primary school. Also, during her tenure, Opal led her school’s implementation of professional learning communities (PLCs) to work collaboratively to improve teaching skills and the academic performance of students.

Opal has taught, led, and consulted in Title 1 and non-Title 1 schools, and her work spans small, large, urban, rural, and suburban districts. She supports school leaders, district leaders, and teachers nationally and internationally in planning and implementing improvement initiatives, capacity building, and supporting high academic achievement for diverse student populations and instructional best practices. Opal holds Master of Education and Bachelor of Arts degrees in elementary education from the University of Louisville.


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Thursday, May 26, 2022
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm EDT
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