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This Social Emotional Learning podcast shares practical wisdom from the global community of inspiring teachers and parents. Featuring fresh perspectives and practices that, until now, were only available at education conferences. Episodes always include: • Fresh insights about emotions, critical thinking skills, respect, empathy, trust, and more... • Research-based and experience-tested analysis. • Actionable steps that make good sense for you and the kids in your care. Especially helpful fo ...
 
The Saracast: Conversations in Social Emotional Learning is hosted by Move This World Founder & CEO Sara LaHayne, and invites educators, educational leaders, and parents to build capacity for social emotional learning while also inviting moments of practice throughout each episode. Listeners will explore ways that Sara uses social emotional learning in her busy life as a parent, an entrepreneur, and an artist. Episodes air weekly and feature interviews with experts in the SEL field, includin ...
 
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What does it look like for an entire school to shift to centering on trauma-informed practices? In this episode, Sara speaks with Mathew Portell, principal of Fall-Hamilton Elementary and founder of Paradigm Shift Education, about creating a school culture that centers on social emotional learning and trauma-informed practices. The Saracast: Conver…
 
When traumatic accidents occur, resulting in serious injuries and permanent disfiguration, knowledgable guidance is essential for healing and for everyone's ability to adapt, constructively, to build the best possible life, moving forward. Margaret Kugler, MS, is the Transition Coordinator for children who come from all over the country to Shriners…
 
How does assessment strengthen SEL instruction? In this episode, Sara speaks with Dr. Clark McKown, Founder & President of xSEL Labs, about the role that assessments play in social emotional learning, prejudice reduction, and equity. The Saracast: Conversations in Social Emotional Learning is produced by the Move This World Audio Network. Hosted by…
 
Stress takes on a whole new meaning in 2020. How can you give yourself moments of micro-recoveries throughout your stressful days? In this episode, Sara speaks with Dina Nunziato, LCSW, the Director of Counseling & Psychological Services at the Health & Wellness Center at Sarah Lawrence College about recognizing stress in the body, mindfulness and …
 
Social emotional learning is not just for elementary school. What does SEL look like in high school? In this episode, Sara speaks with Kristie-Anne Opaleski, an educator and teaching coach who currently teaches high school English, to learn more about what social emotional learning looks like in a high school classroom. The Saracast: Conversations …
 
Social emotional learning is more than just a classroom practice. What can it look like for an entire district to adopt social emotional learning? In this episode, Sara speaks with James Futrell, Director of Student Services for Engagement and Access, and Christopher Soto, Social-Emotional Learning + Mental Health Coordinator at Durham Public Schoo…
 
How has the science of learning evolved, and have schools done enough to keep up? How does play promote executive functioning? How does the human brain depend on relationships for learning? In this episode, Sara speaks with Dr. Kathy Hirsh-Pasek from the Brookings Institute to explore these questions and more. The Saracast: Conversations in Social …
 
Social emotional development is foundational to learning, and educational policy plays a critical role in shaping how SEL happens in schools. But how does educational policy inform SEL at the state, district, and school level? Host Sara LaHayne speaks with Nick Yoder, the former Director of Policy and Practice at the Collaborative for Academic, Soc…
 
Systemic change takes time, and SEL is no different. When it comes to impact, there is a big difference between implementing SEL and sustaining SEL. This week, host Sara LaHayne speaks with Dr. Maurice Elias, Director of the Social Emotional & Character Development Lab at Rutgers University and the “Godfather of SEL,” about SEL and sustainability. …
 
The arts are a universally human experience. So, what is the role of the creative arts in social emotional learning? This week, host Sara LaHayne speaks with Dave Adams, Director of Strategy at Urban Assembly, about encountering resistance, leaning into the creative arts, and SEL considerations for reopening schools. The Saracast: Conversations in …
 
Soundhari Balaguru, PhD, is a clinical psychologist with over 15 years experience supporting schools on the east coast and the west coast. Soundhari is the founding Director of Social-Emotional Learning & Mental Health at ChangeMakers Academy (CMA), a diverse K-8 school in Vallejo, CA. In her work with students, faculty AND families, she is focused…
 
This year has been a Ronacoaster of emotions. Join Sara LaHayne, Founder & CEO of Move This World, to explore the role of social emotional learning both in our students’ lives and our own. If you’re an educator, administrator, or a parent, join us each week to learn from leading experts in the field and to experience creative practices to support y…
 
We all know that communication… clear, honest and mutually respectful communication is a foundational element of solid social emotional skills. Today’s guest has developed an approach that focuses in on a very specific channel of communication: CONSENT. Sarah Casper, will give us an overview of her understanding about the day-by-day, hour-by-hour, …
 
There was so much I appreciated about this conversation. In particular, the fact that my guest, Monick Halm, independently grew her on social emotional skills by noticing what worked for her peers and then she experimented with bringing those observations into her own interactions. I also love what Monick shared with us about the power and importan…
 
Please accept this offer of help. Send a quick email to me with answers to the 3 questions, below: ask@kidsownwisdom.com Social emotional challenge your kids/students are encountering. Kids' age. If you want to, include a brief description of how you've tried to help them resolve that specific challenge. ............................................…
 
Cassie Tondreau is a loved and well-respected educator, and based on her many years of experience, she knows, without a doubt, that children can be trusted to ask for deeper explanations and understanding … when they need them. In this conversation about challenging, even disturbing topics, including Covid-19, Cassie encourages us to be sensitive t…
 
We have so much to learn from our students, and we have so much to gain by opening up to their insights and their view on the world in this time of massive changes across the globe. SEL does not have to be delivered through some organized curriculum. In fact, all that's really needed is real connections. Connections in class don't have to be perfec…
 
This conversation is dedicated to all parents (and teachers, too) who are seriously concerned about the powerful draw that technology, anything tech, has on today’s kids. Jordan Shapiro is, among many other qualifications, a senior fellow with the Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Street Workshop, where he does research on how technology impacts ch…
 
Sharnell Blevins’ walks her talk when it comes to THE most sensible philosophy about children’s successful school experience: Teachers, kids AND parents must work together to ensure that all kids grow towards their own unique potential. To that end, Sharnell has worked with nonprofit educational organizations for over 25 years. She’s currently Pare…
 
The most challenging conversations are often the most necessary… for life to move forward …. for everyone’s benefit. Awakened awareness about the irrefutable fact that BLACK LIVES MATTER, and that Black lives in America continue to be crushingly disadvantaged in ways that are invisible to those of us who live in “White America” is the impetus for t…
 
White people and black people need to be liberated from the lies that have created such deplorable disadvantages for, and untruths about, black people in America. Those disadvantages and untruths are destroying the best of what all of us are capable of bringing to the life of this country, and without which there is no hope for recovery from the tr…
 
“If we are to teach real peace in this world, and if we are to carry on a real war against war, we shall have to begin with the children.” ~Mahatma Gandhi The time is NOW for us, as educators and parents of today’s children, to courageously and creatively step into our responsibility for the development of tomorrow’s citizens … citizens who, ideall…
 
Mary Cay Ricci is a life-long educator, having been an elementary and middle school teacher, instructional specialist and central office administrator. She was also an adjunct professor at Johns Hopkins University Graduate School of Education for 8 years. Mary Cay has been applying Carol Dweck's growth mindset research to classrooms, schools and di…
 
In this episode of the Big Picture Social Emotional Learning Podcast we’re going to learn about the life-altering impact we can enjoy by developing Developmental Relationships. This conversation was with Kent Pekel, the President and CEO of Search Institute, an internationally recognized, not-for-profit organization that, for over 70 years, has bee…
 
I’ve just come across an article that I’m pretty sure some of you, who are not feeling so “at home” in the role of homeschool teacher, might really appreciate. The article appeared in National Geographic, and its title is, “Forget homeschooling during the pandemic. Focus on LIFESKILLS instead.” The over-arching purpose of the article is to absolve …
 
Our young students and our young children look to us to interpret the world for them … especially during out-of-the-ordinary times like the ones in which we are all living with the Covid-19 pandemic. Young children will not ask for our thoughts or about our feelings, BUT they will be picking up on what we are communicating, even without words … whi…
 
There are thousands and thousands of incredible, kind, caring, loving, nurturing, inspired and inspiring early childhood educators … and you, dear listener, may very well be one of them. In this episode, I’ll be introducing you to one of the brightest stars on your noble team: Nick Terrones. Since 2006, Nick has been working with toddlers, and with…
 
A major criteria I have for inviting people to share conversation with me on this, the Big Picture Social Emotional Learning podcast, is that they have rich experience and creative insights into an essential dimension of social emotional learning … EVEN if, from the common understanding or point of view, their focus area is not immediately associat…
 
This’ll be short, but I can’t NOT emphasize with you one essential suggestion from the book written by Gordon Neufeld and Gabor Maté, upon which I focused in the last episode, and it has to do with strongly establishing ourselves (parents and/or teachers) as the primary attachment relationship for the children in our lives … in our care. I feel the…
 
NOTE: This is a non-commercial podcast. When I recommend or refer to books or other resources, it is done independently and very often without the source's knowledge, and always without monetary exchange. If and when that ever changes, I will be 100% upfront about it. Promise!!! Hold On to Your Kids: Why Parents Need to Matter More Than Peers Paper…
 
Do you ever get frustrated by the kids in your life (your students / your own offspring or young family members) who aren’t really taking in what you’re consistently trying to teach them about other people’s feelings? About how to get what they want without being obnoxious or breaking rules? About the best way to make friends? About sharing? About …
 
Much as we all wish there was a way to protect our young students from heartache caused by the death of loved ones - relatives, friends, animals … there is no getting away from it: Life happens, and sometimes Life is rough. There are times when we are called upon to evoke our most courageous instincts to find the words and actions that will provide…
 
Pretty much all of us appreciate that Mr. Rogers related to young children in ways that were truly, genuinely, unquestionably meaningful to kids. Children’s innate radar for what is True, what is Real was never a stumbling block for Mr. Rogers… because connecting with children, with their hearts, with their spirits was as natural to him as breathin…
 
Jordan’s perspective is profoundly respectful of the kids he works with, (even, and perhaps especially, the so-called ‘troublemakers’). The foundational philosophy of Jordan’s approach is that kids, all kids, have everything they need to succeed… within themselves… and he’s just there to help them bring it out from within themselves… which is why o…
 
Documentation has been deemed necessary by the profession of early childhood education, which is why I think you'll appreciate ANN PELO's approach to reclaiming the task as one that is rich with potential to name and honor each child’s uniquely lived experiences of joy, grief, angst, curiosity, intelligence, their unique proclivities, and ... you k…
 
This episode of the BIG PICTURE SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING Podcast is specifically focused on upcoming Halloween celebrations, and the ways in which teachers and parents can provide thoughtful environments for children who’ve been effected by trauma, which implies that they might be, or will probably be, more sensitive to the intensity of experience…
 
Rusty May is a practical, deeply passionate educator, and a former basketball coach, committed to helping teachers create connected, caring, working relationships with every student. In this episode, Rusty provides us with unique and highly educated insights for interacting with even the most challenging students that walk into our schools and clas…
 
CHOICES ARE GOOD for children because they create a sense of being RESPECTED, and because legitimate choices provide the opportunity for children to move from reactionary impulsiveness to more mindful and considered evaluation of available options that are constructive, which, of course, lights up important - in fact - critical areas of neuronal de…
 
Sometimes, when something or someone is markedly different from what we’re used to, our minds automatically jump to conclusions based on something or someone we've previously encountered… or maybe just read about, or just seen on the news or even in a movie … Science explains that automatic response, which we all have - to one degree or another, as…
 
There are so many ways to build healthy belonging in schools... ways that require little to no formal training in order to implement. This episode suggests just a few of the wide-ranging options available: Therapy dogs in the classroom are dogs specially trained to provide both physical and emotional health benefits for students. According to one s…
 
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