Bringing SEL to the Classroom One Connection at a Time

In today’s world of high-stakes testing, social-emotional learning (SEL) has provided a path forward in teaching the whole child. From classroom design, school culture and providing student agency and ownership of their learning, incorporating SEL concepts provides guidance and certainty in an often confusing and intense climate of learning. 

If you’re wondering how to support learning by addressing the affective element of interactions between students, parents and educators, join us at Fall CUE (and now, we’ll be speaking at Spring CUE as well!) to discover your ‘SELfie’. With decades of educational experience in the room, we will work collaboratively with you in implementing SEL strategies in the classroom, across the campus and throughout a learning organization. Our session seeks to provide practical and innovative solutions to supporting social-emotional learning for your students. 

Attendees will be exposed to key research in this space, including the five areas of the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) competency wheel, the Schoolwide Integrated Framework for Transformation (SWIFT) Center and more. These models are the gold standard for Social-Emotional Learning research, policy and practice. Together, we will learn how to champion the whole student through technology-based connections and explore approaches to encouraging empathy, relationship-building and kindness initiatives.

Topics to be included: 

  • Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS)
  • Social-Emotional Learning
  • Building, Supporting and Sustaining School Culture

Rather than recommend formal lesson plans, we believe our learners require more flexible strategies and mindsets in their teachers. We will take inspiration from the Child Support game show, re-envisioned as our own Student Support live as a vehicle to engage participants. We will provide fun examples of versatile learning structures as a way to build relationships, nurture community and drive understanding across the spectrum of student needs. All tools we plan to use are widely known, utilized in districts and often free. It will be ab-SEL-utely riveting – just ask one of our first session attendees,Gail Desler (@gaildesler)!

Join Delaine Johnson and Mike Lawrence on Saturday, October 19th from 1:45-2:45pm in H115 for their session, “Connecting Student Hearts and Minds.”

Delaine Johnson teaches AP Computer Science Principles at Clovis East High School, Clovis Unified School District and is a technology integration TOSA for K-6 school sites. She holds a Master of Arts in Educational Technology, and is a Google for Education Certified Innovator (#googleEI) and Certified Trainer (#googleET). She was invited to attend the inaugural Learning Planet Assembly at CRI Paris last summer as one of only three US representatives, focused on UNESCO’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Delaine is also an Apple Teacher, Leading Edge Online & Blended Teacher, Microsoft Innovative Educator Master Trainer, Nearpod Certified Trainer, PioNear and Breakout EDU Authorized Trainer. More at:

Mike Lawrence is an award-winning teacher, administrator and non-profit educational leader. He was a high school English and composition teacher and served as CEO of CUE (, helping the nonprofit grow fivefold in 12 years. He served two terms on the ISTE board, and also volunteered as Director of the California Student Media Festival for a decade. He co-founded the Google Certified Teacher (now Innovator) program and supported the development of the ISTE Certified Educator program. He recently accepted the invitation to serve on the UNESCO Expert Group on Digital Era Schooling following the completion of work on their Best Practices in Mobile Learning Expert Group. He is proud to be a part of the award-winning team at PowerSchool celebrating educators worldwide as Senior Director of Educator Engagement overseeing Champions, User Groups and EDGE Conference content. More at:

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