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President's Message

Greetings OhioASCD Members:

The recent October 11, 2018 conference  “Establishing a Foundation for Social and Emotional Learning” was held at the Xenos Conference Center in Columbus, Ohio. Jillian Ahrens, a teacher in the Cleveland MSD, provided participants with a comprehensive overview of the work of the National Commission on Social, Emotional and Academic Development, under The Aspen Institute. The Commission is providing resources to states, school districts, and community organizations that are in the process of integrating an SEL culture to support student growth.

Other sessions at the conference addressed the creation of SEL state standards, assessment of SEL student growth, and a description of strategies to create a trauma informed classroom culture. All sessions were designed to provide a general introduction to the philosophy and practices guiding SEL.

The upcoming winter conference is scheduled for February 7, 2018 at the Xenos Conference Center from 8 am—3:00 pm. The sessions will offer educators an opportunity to take a “SEL Deep Dive” by participating in two in-depth professional development sessions during the day. These sessions (running two and a half hours each) will allow teams and individuals options to explore strategies and techniques that can be implemented with students in their own school and classroom settings. Please see the preliminary information below. It provides an overview of the session topics.

The Winter Conference program options will include the following topics:

·       Social Emotional Learning: An Integrated Approach
·       Assessment of SEL growth in districts, schools, classrooms and students
·       Creating a Trauma Informed Classroom
·       The Positivity Project and its implementation
·       Executive Function - creating self advocacy and emotional regulation
·       Partnering with community organizations to support all students 24-7

I hope you will take advantage of this opportunity to participate in this high quality professional development. The experience can have a lasting impact on teaching and learning in your school by directly addressing non-academic barriers facing your students.

Dr. John Farley, PhD

OhioASCD President

P.S. Registration is now open. For additional information including location and fees, click on the OhioASCD Conference Banner.

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