Teaching the Whole Child: Integrating Efforts to Address Children’s Social and Emotional Development

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In recent years, there has been focused attention in the field of education on educating the whole child. As a result, a number of efforts have been developed to address the social and emotional aspects of learning. In Illinois this commitment to the whole child is reflected in the Children’s Mental Health Act of 2003. This legislation called for the all of the districts in Illinois to develop social and emotional learning policies as well as for the creation and implementation of social and emotional learning standards. In this interactive workshop, the Illinois social and emotional learning standards will be explored within the context of the two major efforts in the state to meet those standards: social and emotional learning (SEL) and positive behavioral interventions and supports (PBIS). This workshop will provide practical strategies and ideas for incorporating social and emotional competency development within an integrated schoolwide framework of SEL/PBIS.


Keywords: Social and Emotional Learning, State Standards, Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports, Evidence-Based Practices
Stream: Curriculum and Pedagogy; Student Learning, Learner Experiences, Learner Diversity
Presentation Type: Workshop Presentation in English
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Dr. Jennifer Axelrod

Project Director, Research Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Illinois
Chicago, IL, USA

As a Project Director for CASEL, Jennifer Axelrod focuses on the integration of services for children at-risk for social, emotional, and academic difficulties through the implementation of universal classroom-based SEL programming. She provides consultation and technical assistance to schools that collaborate with CASEL. Jennifer also works to create linkages to the school mental health professional community by integrating education and mental health pre-service and in-service professional development for teachers and school mental health staff. Jennifer received her undergraduate degree from Williams College, her master's in school psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and her doctorate in school psychology from the University of Georgia. Prior to joining CASEL, she was an assistant professor at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and the Associate Director of the Center for School Mental Health Assistance (CSMHA). In addition to her research interests in social and emotional learning and school mental health, Jennifer is a licensed psychologist and a nationally certified school psychologist.

Deborah Moroney

Senior Consultant, The Chicago Center for Child Welfare Strategies
Chicago, IL, USA


Dr. Roger Weissberg

Professor, President of CASEL, Department of Psychology and Education, University of Illinois
Chicago, IL, USA


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