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The Power of SEL

The Power of SELThe Power of SEL explores wellbeing and academic achievement through social and emotional learning (SEL). In this five-part podcast series, we share insights from 13 years of partnership between Education First and the NoVo Foundation and celebrate the achievements of over 1,000 grantees. Hosted by Emily Brookhart from Education First, each episode examines why SEL matters and how it works in classrooms, schools, and districts — including practices to engage students and educators and navigate challenges. We’ll also learn together about centering equity in SEL, building consensus and coalitions, and prioritizing student and educator wellbeing as we hear from teachers, administrators, and community leaders deeply involved in SEL.

Episode 1: What is SEL and why is it important?

In this first episode, we’ll explore what social and emotional learning (SEL) means and what it looks like in practice. We’ll also uncover the many layers of SEL through real classroom experiences, including how educators can use SEL to help students build relationships, develop their self-awareness and self-management skills, and set them up for academic success. Plus, we discuss the importance of equity in implementing SEL practices.

In this episode, we hear from a variety of incredible teachers, administrators and program directors: Dr. Bloodine Barthelus, Ivee Cruz, Danielle DuPuis, Sissy Goff, Alhassan Susso, David Thomas and Miles Williams.

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