Transforming School Culture: Making Adult-First SEL a Reality
This session utilizes personal reflection and the latest information about brain-based, adult-first SEL to aid participants in examining their challenges and goals for SEL implementation. It then provides long and short term strategies to help them devise a plan for sustainable schoolwide application of high-quality SEL. Participants will explore and better understand the parallel process between building strong, supportive adult communities, and creating classroom experiences that lead to student relationships and SEL skills development; they'll learn how to increase the impact of small school climate improvements, personal mindset shifts and behavior changes so they become both impactful and universal over time; and will leave this session with a starting point for transformational change, including strategies for assembling a diverse school climate team that shares a deep commitment to honest reflection, learning, skills practice and the improvement of processes schoolwide.
Kelly has experience leading transformational climate change within schools both as an SEL Lead and Administrator, and as a District-Wide SEL Specialist on the "Supportive Schools Team" in Chicago Public Schools' Office of Social Emotional Learning. In addition to the direct training, consultation, and coaching she provides to principals, administrators, teachers, and staff across the district, she is the SEL team lead for Chicago Public Schools' Curriculum Equity Initiative, ensuring SEL is integrated with academic experiences, she is a Conscious Discipline Certified Instructor and leads this work across the district, and is on the district's WSCC Steering Committee (Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child). She's also supported climate team development using CASEL's Supportive Schools Model.