Metro Schools to host social emotional learning conference in June

Pre-K photo.png Metro Schools' Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Department and Alignment Nashville's Behavioral Health/SEL Team are hosting the 2017 Social Emotional Learning Conference on June 29-30 at Cane Ridge High School.

Through social emotional learning, Metro Schools and its community partners are demonstrating a commitment to meeting the needs of the whole learner by helping students build skills to deal with all of life's challenges and develop positive strategies for handling conflict and managing healthy social relationships.

It was a combination of the physical movement which all kids need, along with the tools to manage their emotions that we felt were a good match for our schoolSome of the most impactful practices were the daily goal setting at the top of the day and the embodied relaxation at the end of the day.”

-Susan Purcell-Orleck, SEL Coordinator, Meigs Middle School

The conference first launched in 2011 and has drawn nationally recognized SEL and education leaders from all over the country. The conference is also attended by thousands of Davidson county educators - free of charge.

As an instructional coach, I attended my first SEL Conference in 2012, which sparked a passion for integrating SEL and instruction.  That next fall, I started the year in classrooms modeling Community Gathering as a way to build community with and among teachers and students and to integrate SEL and academic content.  This helped me forge positive relationships with teachers and improved our instructional collaboration, as well as creating more positive classroom climates.  I had a goal that year of doing one Community Gathering in every single classroom in my building before modeling instructional lessons.”

-Jill Baker, District SEL Coach

The 2017 SEL Conference will feature opportunities to network and connect with local and national organizations, participate in more than 70 expert workshops and hear keynote speakers Tim Shriver, co-founder and board member of the Collaborative for Academic, Social, & Emotional Learning and Chairman of the Special Olympics, and teacher educator and author Zaretta Hammond, nationally recognized for her work on culturally responsive teaching.

Click here to register for the conference.

Check out this video of students from Meigs Middle School discussing their experience with SEL: