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Social and Emotional Learning Matters: Establishing School Communities Where Adults and Students Thrive

Presented By Gianna Cassetta

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Date and Time

Three 75-minute webinar sessions from 4:30pm to 5:45pm Eastern Time (ET).

  • Tuesday, October 12, 2021
  • Tuesday, October 19, 2021
  • Tuesday, October 26, 2021

Please note that this webinar series is scheduled for Eastern Time (ET). If you are in a different time zone, please plan your schedule accordingly.


As professionals who have chosen to work with young people, cultivating social and emotional competencies both in ourselves and our students has to be one of our top priorities.

With a clear eye on the realities of teaching, this webinar lays out specific strategies—from practices that help us become more self-aware to classroom routines and rituals—that help us intentionally foster belonging, competence, and autonomy in every student, allowing us to see their strengths and cultivate their roles as vital parts of equitable classroom communities. Linking together neuroscience, social emotional learning, and an equity lens, this webinar series will leave participants with a better understanding of self and student behavior and how to maintain communities where adults and students thrive.

Learning Objectives


  • Define social emotional learning (SEL) competencies, and examine what the research on SEL tells us.
  • Consider how dominant culture influences both interpretation and implementation of SEL and without careful examination, can negatively impact Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) students.
  • Understand the role and importance of social and emotional competencies in both student and adult learning.
  • Explore parallel pathways for adult and student learning of SEL competencies and strategies, and the neuroscience that supports this.


  • Build background knowledge on why students misbehave.
  • Explore reasons why adults may misinterpret behavior as "misbehavior."
  • Consider the neuroscience of unconscious bias, self-limiting beliefs, and other habits of mind that may lead to difficulties with students.
  • Engage in learning about your own identities, experiences, and biases, and how they influence your interactions with students.


Learn specific actionable strategies for developing communities that support social and emotional learning through:

  • Student belonging
  • Student competence
  • Student autonomy

About the Presenter

Gianna Cassetta is the coauthor of Classroom Management Matters: The Social-Emotional Learning Approach Children Deserve; No More Taking Away Recess and Other Problematic Discipline Practices; and The Caring Teacher: Strategies for Working Through Our Own Difficulties with Students. She is also the author of a professional text entitled Literacy Centers: A Standards-Based Approach for Grades 3 and Beyond, and she is featured in instructional videos on effective literacy practices, including Step into Guided Reading, for the New Zealand–based organization Learning Media.

She began her career in 1992 as a teacher in New York City. Her passion for education led her to cofound and lead public, charter conversion, and charter schools in Harlem, New York; and Denver, Colorado. She has been a teacher, school and district-level leader, and independent consultant. Gianna is a Certified Goleman EI Emotional Intelligence Coach and is the owner of The Plain Red Horse Coaching and Consulting.

Who Should Participate

Classroom teachers of grades K-12, coaches, curriculum coordinators, and administrators.

Special 2021 Tuition Fee

The cost of this three-part webinar series is $95.00 per person. Tuition also includes access to the webinar series recording for 60 days.

Related Book

To support your learning in this webinar, we highly recommend Classroom Management Matters: The Social-Emotional Learning Approach Children Deserve.


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Upcoming Dates & Locations

10/12/2021-10/26/2021 - Starts October 12, 2021- 4:30-5:45pm EST

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Availability: Available When: 10/12/2021 - 10/26/2021* Where: Online

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