Dr. Register wins national award for social and emotional learning

Register Award 5-7-15 In his final six weeks as Director of Schools, Dr. Jesse Register is still winning national awards for the work he has done in Metro Schools. Last week, Dr. Register received the CASEL Leadership Award for being a champion of social and emotional learning (SEL) and integrating it into every aspect of work in Nashville’s schools.

The award was given during an event hosted by CASEL, which stands for the Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning. The CASEL Leadership Award was also given in 2011 to Carol Comeau, former superintendent of schools of the Anchorage School District.

“I am honored to receive this award, but I must share it with the many teachers, principals, school counselors and others who have done the real work of putting social and emotional learning at the forefront of everything we do,” said Dr. Register. “In order to be successful, SEL must be integrated into every facet of the school day, and every employee has a part to play. I am proud of the work our team has done to make that happen, and I thank CASEL and our partner districts for helping us get this far.”

Metro Schools is in the midst of a transformation in how it approaches social and emotional learning thanks to CASEL’s Collaborating Districts Initiative (CDI), a program to implement SEL strategies eight large urban school districts. Representatives from each of those districts met last week in Cleveland, Ohio, for school observations, learning sessions and keynote speeches from Tim Shriver and Linda Darling-Hammond.

CASEL is the nation’s leading organization advancing the development of academic, social and emotional competence for all students. Its mission is to help make evidence-based social and emotional learning an integral part of education from preschool through high school. Through research, practice and policy, CASEL collaborates to ensure all students become knowledgeable, responsible, caring and contributing members of society. CDI is made possible through CASEL and grants from the NoVo Foundation and the Einhorn Family Charitable Trust.

“The Metro Nashville schools have made impressive progress integrating social and emotional learning into all aspects of the system,” said Melissa Schlinger, vice president of programs and practice at CASEL. “Dr. Register’s dedication has been a critical factor in Nashville’s success. He has been a true educational pioneer and an outstanding leader.”

Next month, Metro Schools and Alignment Nashville will host the fifth annual SEL Conference. This event brings together hundreds of educators, community members and non-profit partners to discuss the latest strategies and issues around SEL. This year’s theme is Grow, Achieve, Empower Through SEL, referencing the district’s strategic goals for student success, and highlighting the clear link between social emotional learning and academic achievement in students of all ages.

This year’s keynote speaker is San Francisco State University professor Jeff Duncan-Andrade, Ph.D. Dr. Duncan-Andrade has lectured around the world about the elements of effective, SEL-focused teaching in schools serving under-resourced areas and children impacted by trauma. His TED talk, titled “Growing Roses in Concrete,” is a viral sensation among educators.

Registration for the conference is now open on the Alignment Nashville website.

2015 Social and Emotional Learning Conference Friday, June 19, 2015 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Cane Ridge High School