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We All Teach SEL: Social and Emotional Learning and Character Day
Wednesday September 6, 2017 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDT
Presented by Danny Wagner, Editor, Education Reviews for Common Sense Education; with Makenzie Darling, Director of Strategic Partnerships and Engagement for Let it Ripple
Hosted by Common Sense Education and Sponsored by Symantec
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How do you disseminate ideas on the science of character, social emotional learning, and flourishing in today’s world far and wide? Learn two fantastic resources to support these ideas. First, learn about Character Day, set for September 13th and now in its fourth year. It is an exciting global day where students, families, corporations, congregations, and educators from around the world screen films on the science of character development from different perspectives.
In this edWebinar, Makenzie Darling, Director of Strategic Partnerships and Engagement for Let it Ripple, showcases resources supporting online global conversation around character—focusing on who they are, who they want to be in the world, and how to develop these character strengths (resilience, grit, empathy, courage, kindness)—all rooted in evidence-based research. Everything is free thanks to generous grants and donations.
In addition, Danny Wagner, Editor, Common Sense Education, introduces Common Sense Education’s newest guide: Digital Citizenship & Social and Emotional Learning. He highlights the digital dilemmas that students may face in their lives, showing you what character strengths students need to navigate those dilemmas, and providing discussion questions that get students thinking about empathy, teamwork, and more. In addition, he suggests some online lessons and digital tools that pair well with the discussion questions for building social and emotional skills.
All K-12 educators, administrators, parent coordinators, and librarians are invited to watch this recorded event. Watch to prepare for this year’s Character Day on September 13th!
About the Presenters
Danny Wagner is Editor, Education Reviews at Common Sense Education. His focus is on guiding the editorial direction of the Ratings & Reviews platform to discover the best in education technology. In addition to reviewing digital media for learning potential, Danny produces content and writes articles for a variety of topics, including STEM and social and emotional learning. Previously, he was Curriculum Technology Integration Specialist for San Francisco Unified School District and a science and robotics teacher for a decade in the Midwest. Prior to his career in education, Danny worked as an environmental engineering consultant.
Makenzie Darling is the director of strategic partnerships and engagement at the Emmy-nominated film studio, Let it Ripple. Her specialty is forging strategic partnerships, marketing, and executing events that bring about social change. Last year she brought on 93,000 film premieres in all 50 states and 125 countries for Character Day. Her background is in educational technology in the K-12 and higher education space discussing ways in which students can improve outcomes through technology and experiential learning. She is passionate about education, especially when it relates to one’s character, interpersonal relationships, and helping to forge leaders of our next generation.
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Common Sense Education provides teachers and schools with free research-based classroom tools to help students harness technology for learning and life. Our K–12 Digital Citizenship Curriculum and interactive games teach students how to make safe, smart, and ethical decisions in the digital world. And our revolutionary educational rating system helps educators discover, use, and share high-quality digital products that propel student learning.
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