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Friday, November 22 • 3:30pm - 4:20pm
SYMPOSIUM: Social Emotional Learning in Schools Today

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This session will feature three mini-presentations followed by cross-cutting commentary from Jane Hardin, M.Ed., co-author of 

Discussant, Jane Hardin, M.Ed.

Using a Trauma-informed Lens to Promote Social-Emotional Learning for an Elementary School Community
Amy Ballin & Matt Fusco
Social-emotional learning is most effective when incorporated into school culture. In this workshop, participants will hear the experiences of school personnel that overhauled the culture of one elementary school by embracing the practices of trauma sensitivity. A qualitative researcher will present findings from a multi-year study of these practices.

Response to Intervention with a Focus in the Area of Social/Emotional Learning
Diana Mullen, Tammy Rundle, & Greg Ranieri
Scituate Public Schools has had a focus on Social/Emotional Learning in our District Strategic Plan for the past 6 years. We have developed Tiered Levels of Intervention for all areas (Academic, SEL and Behavior) in our elementary and secondary grades along with development of a data driven process that supports all students. This presentation will focus on helping districts start process/procedures for SEL interventions in their district.

The ‘E’ in SEL: Teach Kids the Skills to Identify, Understand and Manage their Emotions, and They Will Learn
Lori Jackson & Steve Peck 
Almost two-thirds of teachers say that behavioral issues interfere with their ability to teach. Schools must teach their students to manage their emotions in order for them to learn academically. This session will underscore the importance of building students’ emotional intelligence by developing their emotional regulation skills.

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Jane Hardin

Discussant, SEL Symposium


Dianna Mullen

Scituate Public Schools
Ms. Mullen is the Director of Special Education for the Scituate Public Schools. She holds a Masters in Education fro the University of Bridgeport, CT and a second Masters+ in School Administration from Southern Connecticut State University She has been in education for 31 years... Read More →

Tammy Rundle

Scituate Public Schools
Ms. Rundle holds an undergraduate degree from Boston College and a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Boston College. I have been in education for twenty years, formerly as a School Counselor and for the past ten years as the PK-12 Department Chairperson of School Counseling... Read More →

Greg Ranieri

Scituate Public Schools
Gregory Ranieri has been the Health & Wellness Chairperson for the Scituate Public Schools since 2006. Greg feels fortunate to work for a school district that values student wellbeing and the impact thereof on their growth. In 2010, Greg earned the designation of MIAA Wellness Coordinator... Read More →

Amy Ballin

Simmons University
Amy Ballin is an assistant professor in special education at Simmons University. She is the author of The Quest for Meaningful Special Education (2016), which explores the ethics of special education.

Matt Fusco

Principal Veteran's Memorial School
Matt has worked for 13 years as a school principal. Formerly, he taught fifth grade in Chelsea, MA.  He earned a Master's degree in educational leadership from Salem State.  
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Lori Jackson

The Connections Model
Lori is an educational psychologist who has been working with students and their families for over 15 years. She believes that all children have the capacity to succeed in school and the right to a quality education. Lori has seen the transformation that is possible when students... Read More →

Steve Peck

The Connections Model
Steve is a special educator with over 15 years of experience working with students who have multiple and severe disabilities. Steve believes that new technology is key to helping students overcome their functional skill deficits in the classroom. Steve has always been both a teacher... Read More →

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Friday November 22, 2019 3:30pm - 4:20pm EST
Ballroom A