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Nancy Markowitz will be at AERA in San Antonio, TX

If you are attending AERA in San Antonio, be sure to check out the symposium: The Vital Role of Social and Emotional Learning in Preservice Teacher Education on Friday, April 28, 2017 from 12:25 pm to 1:55 pm, Grand Hyatt San Antonio, Fourth Floor, Texas Ballroom Salon E Abstract SEL involves the process of acquiring the skills needed to recognize and manage emotions constructively, establish positive relationships, engage in perspective-taking, make responsible decisions, and handle challenging situations effectively (Durlak et al., 2015). Fostering the development ...

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EdWeek article notes that teacher prep is slow to embrace SEL

Check out the April 5, 2017 issue of EdWeek titled Teacher Prep Slow to Embrace Social-Emotional Learning. Evi Blad writes an article that looks at the results of the SEL in Teacher Education Scan completed by Kim Schonert-Reichl and colleagues for CASEL. This is an exciting time in education. More attention is now being paid to a critical link in the professional development pipeline - teacher preparation programs that need to serve as one of the “anchor partners” required to provide and help maintain effective SEL- prepared teachers in our country’s classrooms.

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Connecting the Social-Emotional Learning/Culturally Responsive Teaching Lens with the new California State Teacher Performance Expectations

The new California State Teacher Performance Expectations now explicitly address the need for teachers to focus on social-emotional learning skills. Sample TPE/SEL/CRT Connections shows the connections between the TPEs and using the Social-Emotional Learning/Culturally Responsive Teaching Lens developed by CRTWC.

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Social & Emotional Learning (SEL) in Teacher Preparation Webinar Series • Part Three

Watch this third webinar in a 3 part series produced by University of British Columbia and CASEL focusing on SEL in preservice teacher preparation. Nancy Markowitz was an invited presenter on this webinar, discussing the work of CRTWC. Social & Emotional Learning (SEL) in Teacher Preparation Webinar Series • Part Three  

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New Video: Voices from the Field of Teachers working with CRTWC

To hear about the impact of CRTWC on cooperating teachers and graduates of the SJSU Multiple Subject program watch this video our video titled, Voices from the Field: Social-Emotional Learning in Teacher Preparation. Note the comment by one teacher that she views SEL is an “academic intervention” not just “fluff”. 

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Shining a light on the importance of SEL in teacher preparation

In this February 16, 2017 EdSource article, Teacher training programs urged to increase focus on social-emotional skills, the recently completed scan of SEL skill development in U.S. teacher preparation programs completed by Dr. Kim Schonert-Reichl and colleagues, is highlighted. CRTWC’s Executive Director, Nancy Markowitz, shares thoughts in this article about what needs to happen in teacher preparation for the integration of SEL skill development  to occur in teacher practice.

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CRTWC has moved!

Our project, previously housed within San Jose State University’s Connie L. Lurie of Education, moved this past summer to a new fiscal sponsor, Community Initiatives. Our name is now the Center for Reaching & Teaching the Whole Child. We have a new logo and our new office is located at Lakewood Elementary School in the Sunnyvale School District.

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AERA 2017 Conference presentation

Nancy Markowitz will be one of the presenters at the SEL Special Interest Group (SIG) symposium entitled: "The Vital Role of Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) in Pre-Service Teacher Education"

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National Teacher Educator Convening

With the generous support of HopeLab, the SJSU Collaborative for Reaching & Teaching the Whole Child (CRTWC) is sponsoring a national Teacher Educator Convening on June 3, 2016. It will focus on how to move social-emotional learning systemically and systematically into pre-service teacher preparation. Convening goals: bring together invited thought leaders and practitioners in teacher preparation programs in California, and other states that have already adopted SEL standards in teacher preparation, to listen to what they see as the needs and challenges of ...

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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 integra...

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A video message to support you over the holidays from the Devereux Center for Resilient Children

How to FLIP your Holiday Script Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-GWdxqKwYq4

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Two Free Mindfulness in Education Films for the Holidays

Two Free Mindfulness in Education Films for the Holidays from Mindful Schools Room to Breathe explores the personal transformations that happen for students, their families, and educators as mindfulness is introduced in a truly challenging public school environment. By providing a raw and realistic look at the experience, it shows how integrating mindfulness, along with patience, skill, collaboration and more, can transform even the most difficult classrooms. Healthy Habits of Mind focuses on the value of mindfulness in the education system. Learn about the neurosc...

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Check out a new article from EdSource: There’s more to a ‘growth mindset’ than assuming you have it

There’s more to a ‘growth mindset’ than assuming you have it By John Fensterwald CREDIT: LINDA A. CICERO / STANFORD NEWS SERVICE Professor of psychology Carol Dweck talks about her research at a recent symposium on learning at Stanford. Stanford University psychology professor Carol Dweck coined the phrase “growth mindset” as the belief that you can develop your abilities, and then watched as the term took hold as a meme for motivation on playgrounds and in classrooms across America. Now she’s worried about its misapplication: Teachers who use growth ...

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How Does the Vagus Nerve Convey Gut Instincts to the Brain?

An interesting article from Psychology Today… How Does the Vagus Nerve Convey Gut Instincts to the Brain? https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-athletes-way/201405/how-does-the-vagus-nerve-convey-gut-instincts-the-brain

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Check out new website… Mindful Schools

http://www.mindfulschools.org/

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Growth Mindset Article from KQED: How To Weave Growth Mindset Into School Culture

How To Weave Growth Mindset Into School Culture KQED Article

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WINGS for Kids Promotes Disney/Pixar film, “Inside Out”

WINGS for Kids is an organization which develops social & emotional skills through after school programs. They recommend seeing, "Inside Out," and described it as "a story focused on controlling emotions, empathy, personality traits, decision-making, self-awareness, and perseverance.  What a fun way to begin to understand the importance of social and emotional learning..." http://www.wingsforkids.org/

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Education Week Webinar on Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015, 2 to 3 p.m. ET.

Social-Emotional Learning: Systemic Innovation for Improved Outcomes Schools that explicitly teach social-emotional learning (SEL) create positive learning environments and see an average 11 percent increase in academic achievement. Austin Independent School District (ISD) has transformed its entire learning ecosystem through a districtwide commitment to SEL. National leaders in SEL will share the research case for SEL as a key to improved student outcomes, innovative strategies for best-practice SEL implementation and sustainability, ...

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David Bornstein’s excellent essay on “Teaching Social Skills to Improve Grades and Lives.”

Enjoy reading David Bornstein’s excellent essay on “Teaching Social Skills to Improve Grades and Lives.” It appeared in New York Times at the following link: http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/07/24/building-social-skills-to-do-well-in-math/?_r=0

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Kindergarteners with good social skills turn into successful adults, study finds

PBS News Hour: In a report released today, researchers found that kindergarteners’ social skills, like cooperation, listening to others and helping classmates, provided strong predictors of how those children would fare two decades later. Judy Woodruff speaks to Damon Jones of Pennsylvania State University about the findings. Newsflash: http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/kindergarteners-good-social-skills-turn-successful-adults-study-finds/

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