Building a Thriving Future: Social Emotional Learning for Children and Adults Panel Discussion

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Mark Greenberg, PhD, Patricia Jennings, PhD and Robert Jagers, PhD

Building a Thriving Future: Social Emotional Learning for Children and Adults Panel Discussion

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About Mark Greenberg, PhD

Mark Greenberg, Ph.D. is the Emeritus Bennett Chair of Prevention Science at Penn State University. He is the author of over 350 articles on the development of well-being and the effects of prevention efforts on children and families. He is a Founding Board Member of CASEL, and the current Chairperson of the Board of CREATE, a non-profit devoted to improving the quality of schooling and the lives of teachers and students.

You can connect with Dr. Greenberg here.

About Patricia Jennings, PhD

Patricia (Tish) Jennings is a Professor of Education with the School of Education and Human Development at the University of Virginia. She is an internationally recognized leader in the fields of social and emotional learning and mindfulness in education. Her research places a specific emphasis on teacher stress and how it impacts the social and emotional context of the classroom. She is the author numerous peer-reviewed journal articles and chapters and several books. You can learn more about Dr. Jennings work and connect with her here.

About Robert Jagers, PhD

Robert J. Jagers is vice president of research at CASEL. Prior to joining CASEL, he was a faculty member in the Combined Program in Education and Psychology at the University of Michigan, a Co-PI of the Center for the Study of Black Youth in Context (CSBYC), and the founding director of Wolverine Pathways, a university-sponsored diversity pipeline program for qualified secondary school students. Among his various CASEL duties, Dr. Jagers is leading work with partner districts to explore how social and emotional learning can be leveraged to promote equitable learning environments and equitable developmental outcomes for students from historically underserved groups. He has a particular interest in participatory approaches to SEL research and practice and their implications for the civic development of children and youth.

About Daniel Goleman, PhD

Daniel Goleman is an internationally known psychologist and science journalist. His 1995 book, Emotional Intelligence was a bestseller and has been translated into more than 40 languages. His most recent book, Altered Traits, was co-authored with Richard Davidson and reviews the best meditation research. Dan has also organized a series of intensive conversations between the Dalai Lama and scientists, which resulted in the books Healing Emotions, Destructive Emotions, and Ecology, Ethics, and Interdependence. For the Dalai Lama’s 80th birthday Dan wrote A Force for Good: The Dalai Lama’s Vision for our World. He is a former board member and a Founding Steward of the Mind & Life Institute.

You can learn more about Dr. Goleman's work on his website.

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  1. Carol Schwartz May 3, 2021 at 5:22 pm - Reply

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  2. Nancy May 3, 2021 at 8:23 pm - Reply

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  3. Sandra Figueroa May 3, 2021 at 8:24 pm - Reply

    Very bad sound!

  4. Tom Kraus May 3, 2021 at 9:24 pm - Reply

    Is there a text book that gives practical guidelines for teachers on how to implement SEL into their classroom?

  5. Ana Bordan May 4, 2021 at 1:06 am - Reply

    Thank you!

  6. Dr. Paul W.C. WONG May 4, 2021 at 1:14 am - Reply

    Hello and greetings from Hong Kong and THANK YOU for organising such a wonderful summit with the renowned experts and the HH.
    We wish to share our experience of delivering the animal-assisted social-emotional learning curriculum in Hong Kong:
    (Effectiveness of a school-based programme of animal-assisted humane education in Hong Kong for the promotion of social and emotional learning: A quasi-experimental pilot study)
    Really wish to learn more from all SEL experts around the world. Have a nice week.

  7. Chandana Watagodakumbura May 4, 2021 at 1:56 am - Reply

    Many thanks, Dan, Mark, Patricia and Robert for sharing years of experience. As suggested, SEL is not mere a program, it is a whole environment the community (including parents and others) can help each other to thrive. As Patricia said, giving teachers more power in pacing the delivery can be very useful. I believe the approach we use for delivery can be part of the holistic and integrated SEL environment

  8. Eva-Maria Mehrgardt May 4, 2021 at 2:43 am - Reply

    Sommehow I just do not find the live sessions…

  9. Derek May 4, 2021 at 5:25 am - Reply

    Thank you. Great discussion and practical ideas.

  10. Hermanto May 4, 2021 at 8:17 am - Reply


  11. Lee-Anne Cox May 4, 2021 at 8:34 am - Reply

    That was fantastic and I am very grateful. I would like to learn more about CARE and other SEL programmes for teachers and children. Thank you so much.

  12. Rodica Zimbru May 4, 2021 at 12:28 pm - Reply

    THANK YOU for organising such a wonderful summit.
    Greetings from Suceava, Romania.

  13. Maria Theresa May 4, 2021 at 1:41 pm - Reply

    Tish Jennings! You are a hero-thank you for speaking to the teacher’s impact-there is a tremendous amount of time urgency and sensory overload on a teacher in a classroom, and therefore a need for support and adult SEL. Mindfulness is a significant part of our explicit instruction. I’d love to share the all-remote impact of our pandemic school year and they way in which I incorporated explicit mindfulness lesson in a fully remote year long classroom.

  14. Sandre Daoust May 4, 2021 at 3:22 pm - Reply

    Well done.So much to consider about this vital aspect of building our global consciousness. Thank you for the updates and insights. Lot,s to do.

  15. Dr. Sylvia Congett May 4, 2021 at 5:41 pm - Reply

    Many thanks to all the panelists for your insights and for sharing your wisdom and experience. Based on my work in developing a mindfulness-based school program I appreciated Trish’s comment of valuing each teacher’s voice and choice in the process of introducing new ways of working in their classroom. I believe and have seen that honoring this process goes a long way in any attempt of introducing and ultimately maintaining a new program’s sustaining success.
    Very appreciative of being part of this summit!

  16. Will Michael, PhD May 4, 2021 at 8:18 pm - Reply

    As a student of Marshall Rosenberg, PhD and his nonviolent or compassionate communications, I always cringe when I hear the term “negative emotions.” Marshall reframed these emotions as “unpleasant emotions” but redeemed their nature by explaining that unpleasant emotions are essential to make us humans aware of when we have unmet needs. I have found this thread of negative emotions and the lack of acknowledgement of unpleasant emotions as messages from within trying to tell us what we need. When needs are met, there are only positive emotions. When needs are met, we experience unpleasant feelings and this is a simple statement of fact and function and there is nothing negative about this. I really think we are missing the boat by not including and even highlighting Marshall’s work in summits like this one. Otherwise, I celebrate and honor all the good works going on here this week.

  17. Rhona Bezonsky May 4, 2021 at 10:55 pm - Reply

    Thx for this essential initiative. The efficacy studies of social skills training( groups I led included relaxation and identifying and expressing emotions)showed the need to daily reinforce skills and to involve caregivers to support and reward practices to maintain the learning until the intrinsic reward became apparent to the child.

    • Roxann May 5, 2021 at 3:54 pm - Reply

      Excellent comment! Parents and caregiver involvement is vitally important and hopefully will be more fully expressed in future research. It seems most research lens is on students and educators. I’m curious if there is any research on parental /caregiver participation in SEL programs.

  18. Neil May 5, 2021 at 1:17 am - Reply

    Thanks so much for organizing this. Enjoying watching and learning a lot from the experts! Truly amazing!

  19. Nhi Pham May 5, 2021 at 1:47 am - Reply

    As an educator working on mindfulness-based SEL with school teachers and parents in Vietnam, this session on SEL is the one I am most exited for. The exchange on this topic was very informative and in-depth. I have done research on teacher stress, mindfulness and SEL as coping strategy and have read books and research articles by Tish and Mark. It is wonderful to finally meeting them in person. Thank you all for this collective effort! Gratitude from Vietnam/ Lao.

  20. Madhur May 5, 2021 at 3:15 am - Reply

    Hello, warm greetings from Nepal. It was really wonderful to learn so much about SEL from the panelists. I was specially fascinated by the practice of “belly rising and falling” observation among the kids. Thank you organizers and panelists for such a wonderful learning opportunity. 🧘🏻‍♂️

  21. Betina Quadro May 5, 2021 at 6:14 am - Reply

    Absolutamente inspirador, muchas gracias desde Villa CArlos Paz, Argentina

  22. Rina Vaage May 5, 2021 at 8:27 am - Reply

    Thank you for such an inspiring discussion. I look much forward to further enquiry (thank you for providing the links to each of the panel members). Mr Goleman, I’m going to use the teddy breath as well as the guard dog/wise owl, first with students at the Demonstration School of the Khon Kaen University (Thailand) and later on, when I will return to Japan.

  23. Pippa May 5, 2021 at 8:27 am - Reply

    Thank you to all the panelists – I would have liked to have heard more from Tish – am going to check the syllabus in hopes that she is speaking again.

  24. René Guarnaluse May 5, 2021 at 8:43 am - Reply

    Where were you when I was 7?… “A lot going on” . Thanks so much….

  25. Margareta May 5, 2021 at 8:51 am - Reply

    Wonderful work. Oh if this could spread even more to schools around the world.
    That would really bring hope to children and teachers, and parents!

  26. Dr. Jaya Mohan May 5, 2021 at 11:34 am - Reply

    This was a very insightful discussion on SEL. Gratitude to all the panelists. Are there any online forums to enroll and learn SEL in schools and colleges ?
    Thank You.

  27. Saesha Pillai May 5, 2021 at 12:18 pm - Reply

    Thank you so much for this extremely informative discussion. Having read the work by Ms. Jennings and Mr. Goleman, to see and hear them in person is absolutely amazing. I have learnt so much in this one hour and received many insights for my own work as an educator in India. Thank you!

  28. Zenobia Rustomfram May 5, 2021 at 12:46 pm - Reply

    Found the SEL programme useful. Liked the Calming and Focusing techniques and how important quality of attachments in infancy. Very stimulating discussion with plenty of takeaways. Thank you

  29. Tatjana Kristek May 5, 2021 at 12:47 pm - Reply

    Hi from Croatia. It’s great to hear about SEL. I work as a teacher in primary school and I know what are you talking about. I would like to know more about SEL courses because we don’t have any kind of professional development of that kind. We usually talk abou metodics and different approaches to teaching abou emotional part is on teachers’ open heartdness. How much compassionate you are, how do you feel as a person about the children, colleagues , your job. The emotions are not encouraged. And then we talk more and more about burn out. Administration is important in our school system.
    We just have to help ourselves to be better educators, find the programmes that support and protect.
    Thanks for your experiences!

  30. Ana Heeren May 5, 2021 at 1:35 pm - Reply

    I’m from Brazil, and I congratulate the US society for having such studies and applying them in the construction of a better living system, congratulations! Thank you for your contribution to the world as a whole!

  31. Louise Ho May 5, 2021 at 8:51 pm - Reply

    This was amazing and so insightful. Thank-you to everyone on this panel! 🙂

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