The Importance of social emotional learners for the inclusion of all learners
Dr. Tapo Chimbganda (Future Black Female)
Abstract: "Careers that require the mastery of social-emotional skills have outpaced growth in all other occupations- and employers increasingly look for these skills in their employees. 79 percent of employers overwhelmingly identify social- emotional skills as being the most important qualities needed for success-and at the same time, the hardest qualities to find in the labor force." cfchildren.org
Why do we educate children? Is it to prepare them for life as responsible citizens? Or perhaps we want them to make lots of money and become wealthy? Maybe, we don't really think about the why and simply follow the dictates of society, the laws of the land, the expectations of our peers. Whether we think about the reason as educators or parents, we need to broaden the scope of education to include social-emotional learning. As a lifelong learner, a psychotherapist, and an educator, my journey has been traumatic to say the least. The skills that have counted the most and enabled me to develop resilience, tenacity, and creativity are emotional regulation, self-control, communication, and positive thinking. These are social-emotional skills. And these were skills I needed when I was learning maths.
Panel on Social Emotional Learning
Panelists: Luxshu Ambigaibagan, Toronto District School Board, Judy Larsen, University of the Fraser Valley, Olga Fellus, University of Ottawa, Marc Husband, Toronto District School Board
Abstract: Panelists will share perspectives on the ways that social-emotional learning is being translated into practice and research. What does SEL mean to each panelist in context to their work in mathematics education?
Breakout Rooms, followed by Q&A
Abstract: Create a Problem Tree and use the problem tree to come up with 3 questions. Breakout Room participants later have an opportunity to pose questions to the panel and to Dr. Tapo Chimbganda.