|Schedule Track||Session Title||Description|
|Social & Emotional Learning||Seeds of Empathy-a social emotional/early literacy program for early childhood||Seeds of Empathy is designed for early childhood settings to foster social and emotional competence and early literacy skills and attitudes in children three to five years old while providing professional development for their educators. At the heart of the program are a neighbourhood infant and parent who visit the setting throughout the academic year. Building on the power of the relationship the early childhood educator has with the children enriches the understanding of how to use this vehicle for learning in a joyful way while expanding their knowledge base and repertoire of skills.|
This presentation will provide an overview of the program, and include a discussion on two key program pillars, Emotional Literacy and Temperament.
|Brenda||McCormack||Roots of Empathy|
|Social & Emotional Learning||Ask the Experts: Choosing the Right SEL Program||There are a growing number of SEL programs out there, so choosing the right one may seem daunting. This panel discussion will help participants delineate the variety of approaches to curricula, so come with your questions! We'll also highlight the need for schools to gain clarity about their own school environment and understand their strengths and weaknesses as they work toward choosing curricula and achieving their SEL goals. Panelists will consist of experts from a variety of SEL programs currently being implemented in Hawaii. We’ll highlight program pedagogy, training requirements, expected outcomes, research and more. After a few introductory questions from the moderator, there will be plenty of time for questions from the audience.||Chris||Zorn||University Laboratory School|
|Social & Emotional Learning||Wired for Connection: Ensuring ALL Students Feel Seen, Heard, and Valued||Research indicates that our brains are wired for connection. But how are we ensuring that this connection is taking place? What role do schools play in supporting students to make meaningful connections with their instructors and classmates? In short, how do we ensure that every single student feels seen, heard, and valued? Hawaii Technology Academy is a state-wide blended learning community that prioritizes these relationships through our weekly K-12 advisory program. Join us for a 2-part workshop where we fully immerse you in the experience of just how powerful authentic, meaningful connections can be.||Jenelle||Peterson||Hawaii Technology Academy|
|Social & Emotional Learning||Getting the Right Fit: Choosing, Assessing and Adapting the Right SEL Program for Your School||Through the process of supporting and evaluating SEL programs at 11 different schools across the Hawaiian islands, we are learning lessons about: 1) selecting the best SEL program for a school; 2) assessing the fit of SEL programs; and 3) adapting or adding SEL program components to improve their fit. Through this presentation, we will share lessons and examples both from our own experience and through discussion among session attendees of what schools have learned early in SEL program implementation; to inform other educators about what they might want to look for in an SEL program. We will also share some evaluation measures we’ve found and used, that can help you measure progress and help you assess if you’ve got the right fit.||Linda||Toms Barker||IMPAQ International LLC|
|Social & Emotional Learning||Placing SEEL at the Center of Learning||A large, competitive-entry college preparatory school has made the bold commitment to place Social Emotional & Ethical Learning (SEEL) at the center of its K-12 curriculum. By developing a robust program - that includes a rich advisory experience, specific classroom curricula, outdoor education, and counseling - the school is using a lens of ethical learning to frame its SEL program. In this work-in-progress session, the department chairs will share their initial research questions, the curricular prototypes being tested currently, and the obstacles and opportunities that emerge when students and faculty are challenged to connect heart and mind with intention and to see ethical learning as civic engagement in action.||Maureen||MacLeod||Punahou School|
|Social & Emotional Learning||From #MarchForOurLives to Love, Simon: Amplifying Authentic Student Voice||Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) provides a foundation for safe and positive learning, and enhances students' ability to succeed in school, careers, and life. Now why on Earth, would I, a STEM Lab teacher, be promoting SEL? Where do I, or any other standards-based educator, find the time for SEL? Easy, I make time, and you can too. |
Front-loading SEL resources, and weaving them throughout my lessons has revolutionized our learning environment. I’ll share SEL lessons from Culture of Dignity, Cult of Pedagogy, GLSEN, and more that you can use on Monday in your classroom to build community. We’ll also dive into how a class presence on social media can build digital community, encourage citizenship, and reward your learners.
|Sarah||Milianta-Laffin||Ilima Intermediate School|
|Social & Emotional Learning||How Do We Teach Character?||Social-emotional learning has finally taken its place at the forefront of learning! In this session, a team of character education specialists explain the evolution of the program at Mid-Pacific, the overarching themes, peer mediation training, and how the language of art supports social-emotional learning.||Shirley||Riveira||Mid-Pacific|
|Social & Emotional Learning||Superpower Academy: A Project-Based Approach to Social and Emotional Learning||We believe that kids learn in different ways and reinforced lessons prove to be the most impactful and longest lasting. Therefore, we set out to augment current elementary level SEL curriculum though contextualized project-based hands-on learning and a scaffolded superpower adventure. We designed for individual work at home and scaled by formatting for educators in the classroom. We also piloted cross-curricular lessons to see how teachers might strengthen multiple competencies through our projects. We have found that a hands-on approach heightens student engagement. And, when couched in an ongoing adventure with heroes, secret missions and superpowers, the work becomes play and often continues beyond the end of the formal assigned task.||Steve||Ross||Island Pacific Academy|
|Social & Emotional Learning||From neutral to positive: Digging deeper into SEL and school climate||We will share what the University Laboratory School learned in our administration of The Comprehensive School Climate Inventory developed by the National School Climate Center. In seeking to better understand our overall positive results, we decided to focus on three areas of most concern--physical surroundings, social and civic learning, and sense of social emotional security. Interviews with student and teachers gave us a deeper understanding about how to take our school from neutral responses to positive actions in those areas. We will end with suggestions and practical implication that other schools might want to consider as they move to engage in SEL with the students, parents, and teachers.||Thanh Truc||Nguyen||CRDG, College of Education, UH Manoa|