Hundreds come to Nashville to learn how to help children with social & emotional skills

From the start of kindergarten - and even prekindergarten - Metro students are not just learning academics. They're also building healthy social skills, and learning how to manage their emotions and how to build relationships. This is not a special program taught once a month or a test they take. It's an all-encompassing strategy for teaching that gives children healthy social and emotional habits so they can be successful in whatever they do. Metro Schools is leading the nation in this effort, which we call social and emotional learning. Later this week, more than 700 educators from Nashville, Middle Tennessee cities and eight states are coming here to learn how to create more positive and connected school climates.

It's not the first time we've hosted this conference. Metro teachers have done it three summers in a row. But it is the first time we've invited other districts and states to come, too.

What will they be learning? He's a sampling of the topics:

  • Transforming Classroom Behavior
  • Working with Children and Youth Exposed to Violence
  • Helping Children Self-manage Their Emotions
  • School-wide Positive Behavior Support
  • Mindfulness
  • Teaching Self-regulation to Students with Autism
  • Using Data to Promote Responsible Decision-making
  • Connecting Project-based Learning to Social and Emotional Learning

Thanks to Alignment Nashville for helping to host and put it all together. And thanks to the Coalition for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL) for connecting us with other cities across the country.