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One-Day Workshop:
Cultivating Social and Emotional Competencies in Students and in Ourselves / A Virtual Workshop

Presented by Gianna Cassetta

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During this virtual workshop, we will learn about the neuroscience on which social emotional learning is based and explore how, through repeated and intentional practice, we can help both ourselves and our students become decision makers in the ways we interact with ourselves, those around us, and with the world.

We will also confront the need to tackle inequality in social emotional learning instruction; in many cases, if a student's ethnicity, religion, culture, or values feel at odds with those of the dominant culture at your school, that conflict can cause an imbalance between student goals and behavior, and the expectations of the setting. We will examine how schools too often confuse external controls and management systems with student competencies, how this can further feed imbalance and misalignment, and what we as educators can do about correcting this inequality.

Linking together neuroscience, social emotional learning, and an equity lens, this workshop will leave participants with a better understanding of self and student behavior and how to maintain communities where adults and students thrive.

Learning Objectives

  • Build background knowledge on why students misbehave as well as why adults may misinterpret behavior as "misbehavior"
  • Review social emotional learning competencies and understand their role and importance in both student and adult education
  • Explore issues such as unconscious bias, self-limiting beliefs, and other habits of mind that may lead to difficulties with students
  • Learn strategies for developing communities that support relatedness, competence, autonomy, and equity

About the Presenter

Gianna Cassetta is the co-author of three Heinemann books, 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. Gianna is featured in instructional videos on effective literacy practices, including Step into Guided Reading, for the New Zealand-based Learning Media.

She began her teaching career in 1992 in District 2 in New York City, where she developed expertise in workshop instruction and in balanced literacy. Her passion for education led her to co-found and lead public, charter conversion, and charter schools in Harlem, New York, and in Denver, Colorado. Gianna has been a teacher, coach, school leader and district level leader, and currently works as an independent consultant. She is studying in Goleman EI’s Emotional Intelligence Coaching Certification Program.

Who Should Attend?

Classroom teachers of grades K-12, literacy coaches/specialists, curriculum coordinators, administrators, and support staff.


Each workshop will run from 8:30am-3:30pm; please make note of the time zone! Log in at least 15 minutes early to give yourself time to get set up.


The cost of this workshop is $209.00 per person.

Your Privacy

Heinemann Workshops will record this virtual event, including breakout sessions where your camera and microphone may be turned on. This recording will only be shared with you and your fellow workshop attendees for 30 days. Your recorded image and audio will not be used in any other way.

Upcoming Dates & Locations

10/15/2020 - Eastern Time (ET) - Virtual Workshop, Online
11/05/2020 - Pacific Time (PT) - Virtual Workshop, Online

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