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SEL and STEM: Using the Engineering Design Process to Develop SEL Skills

Wednesday, December 15, 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EST

SEL and STEM: Using the Engineering Design Process to Develop SEL Skills

Presented by Jill Olson, Senior Director, Operations & Professional Development, EiE®, Museum of Science, Boston
Moderated by Heather Gunsallus, Vice President, STEM Education, EiE®, Museum of Science, Boston

Sponsored by EiE: Creating a Generation of Problem Solvers

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When students use the Engineering Design Process (EDP) to productively imagine, create, and improve solutions to problems, they develop the same Habits of Mind that engineers, computer scientists, and other professional problem solvers use every day. These Habits of Mind also support the development of social-emotional learning skills. View this edWebinar to learn how you can integrate SEL and STEM to support your students as they have fun becoming collaborative, compassionate problem solvers.

This recorded edWebinar is of interest to PreK-8 teachers, librarians, school and district leaders, education technology leaders, STEM coaches, and science specialists.


Jill OlsonAbout the Presenter

Jill Olson is the senior director of operations and professional development for EiE of the Museum of Science, Boston. She joined the team in May of 2018. Before joining the Museum, Jill taught English language arts to seventh-grade students in her hometown north of Boston. She learned early on the importance of engaging every learner and helping each see their own potential through hands-on, collaborative, inquiry-based classroom experiences. After leaving the classroom, Jill worked in curriculum development and educational program management. She has supported educators in implementing digital and print products in classrooms and has designed and delivered professional development to support them. She is passionate about improving educator and learner experiences. Jill oversees a team that is committed to providing professional development that directly supports educators in their unique and specific environments.


Heather GunsallusAbout the Moderator

Heather Gunsallus is a passionate STEM champion, leader and creator of programs that impact the lives of students and teachers and encourage lifelong learning. As VP, STEM Education at Museum of Science, Boston, Heather has more than 20 years of experience building teams, developing partnerships, as well as designing and implementing e-learning and multimedia education solutions for diverse classrooms. Heather has led product management and curriculum development, professional development and sales teams, having started her career as a high-school math teacher. Heather is known for her remarkable people skills, strong leadership and keen abilities to expand possibilities for our future generation. She knows it’s going to take all of us—foundations, corporations, school leaders, community organizations, and families—working together to inspire all children to be confident STEM learners and to cultivate a future of STEM equity.


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EiE®, the Museum of Science, Boston’s standards-aligned, teacher-tested preK-8 engineering and computer science curricula, develops foundational skills in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) subjects for all students. The research-based, hands-on curricula are designed to best innovate for the reality of today’s educational landscape and to engage all students.



Wednesday, December 15, 2021
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EST
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