DEI + SEL: The Couple that Must Stay Together
July 21, 2021
Research shows us that students thrive in learning environments in which they feel seen, known, and safe. For schools across the country and around the world, there seems to be no shortage of Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) programs. Why, then, do some students still feel unseen, unknown, and unsafe? What is often de-emphasized (or missing altogether) is an intentional examination of the influence of educators’ identities and experiences on the hidden and visible curriculum. In this session, participants will explore the intersectionality of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion work (DEI) and SEL. Participants will leave with a deeper understanding of the role of “self-work” in shaping classrooms in which all students thrive and tools they may use to continue the work beyond the session.
Toni Woodlon, Ed.D.