Sky Oaks Elementary was selected to present at the Collaborative Approach for Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL) inaugural SEL Exchange, held Oct. 2-4 in Chicago. The conference attracted 1,500 leaders and experts committed to SEL (social and emotional learning) from more than 30 countries worldwide.
Sky Oaks Principal Jon Bonneville and Holly Schultz, school psychologist, presented “Taming the Brain: One Elementary's Multifaceted Schoolwide SEL.” The submission, which included contributions from Sky Oaks social worker Brittany Bruns and teacher Jessica Davidson, was selected for the conference from nearly 1,000 proposals.
Featured as a sneak peak session to promote the conference, the session covered how Sky Oaks, a culturally-diverse school with high poverty and high ACES (Adverse Childhood Experiences), addresses the schoolwide social-emotional needs of their students.
Session speakers Bonneville and Schultz discussed how Sky Oaks impacts culture and climate through targeted interventions using Conscious Discipline, Mind Up, Move Mindfully, and the use of Devereux Students Strengths Assessment (DESSA) in progress monitoring. They talked about what worked and what adaptations improved student engagement, parent involvement and staff buy-in. The team also provided participants with a clear plan for implementing their own SEL program, specifically at the elementary level.
“To share our journey and the work we are implementing on behalf of our students, staff and community was truly amazing,” said Bonneville. “The strong and positive feedback we received from participants in our breakout session demonstrates that there is a great need to continue sharing our work and story with others.”
The SEL Exchange provides participants with the opportunity to learn with and from those at the frontiers of social and emotional learning research, policy, and practice, and discover new ways of collaborating with one another to amplify their impact.
For more information about CASEL and the SEL Exchange, visit https://casel.org/.