Nancy Markowitz, Wendy Thowdis, and Patricia Swanson Will Be Presenting at AACTE 68th Annual Meeting

AACTE 68th Annual Meeting will be held February 23–25 in Las Vegas. The conference theme is “Meeting the Demands of Professional Practice: Tough Questions, Tough Choices.

Nancy Markowitz, Wendy Thowdis, and Patricia Swanson will be presenting “The Heart of the Matter: Integrating Social-Emotional Learning in Teacher Preparation and Evaluating Its Impact” on February 24th.

In this interactive dialog session we will describe and provide opportunity for discussion of the results of Phase I of cutting edge work at a large state university that is focusing on integrating the Social-Emotional Dimensions of Teaching and Learning (SEDTL) into pre-service teacher preparation, and the initial findings from evaluation of this effort by an external evaluator. We describe professional development, including video, teaching case materials creation and a SEL Dispositions Inventory for university faculty, university supervisors, and cooperating teachers in a collaborating ‘lab district”; the key high leverage SEL practices we have identified to include in course and field work; and data gathering and evaluation of the impact of this effort.