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InsideSEL article: leading experts in the country on the topic of equity in social-emotional learning

Nick Woolf recaps highlight from the Social-Emotional Learning: Lessons Learned and Opportunities for Massachusetts event held May 1, 2019. This event was hosted by the Rennie Center [in partnership with Transforming Education and the Social Emotional Learning Alliance for Massachusetts (SEL4MA)]. This full day summit focused on the past, present and future of social-emotional learning in Massachusetts.

In this article, Woolf highlights that cultural humility and transformative SEL can help to dismantle barriers to equity and create an inclusive environment in which everyone is supported. He reflects on Open Circle's Director, Kamilah Drummond-Forrester's presentation and summarized how what we see is not simply a function of our eyesight. Instead, we see with our minds. In other words, we are walking into every situation with lenses that are tinted with embedded narratives we already have and previous experiences.

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Culturally Responsive Teaching

Open Circle's Director, Kamilah Drummond-Forrester presented a workshop on culturally responsive teaching at the Essex County Learning Community's (ECLC) 2019 Summer Institute. Culture plays a role not only in communicating and receiving information, but also in shaping the thinking process of groups and individuals. Teaching children with a culturally responsive lens engages learners while respecting cultural integrity. It accommodates the dynamic mix of race, ethnicity, class, gender, region, religion, and family that contributes to every student's cultural identity.

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Zaretta Hammond: Culturally Responsive Teaching & the Brain Blog

Teaching Tollerance: Publication and article links by Zaretta Hammond

Edutopioa: Culturally Responsive Teaching - Find and share resources and explore strategies to engage students by connecting to and honoring their cultures, experiences, and backgrounds

Education Dive: What have districts learned when embracing culturally responsive curricula?

EDWEEK: Teachers Support Social-Emotional Learning, But...

Understanding what social and emotional learning means isn’t enough. Open Circle provieds engaging and interactive professional development that combines theory, research and practical experience. Read EdWeek's article: Teachers Support Social-Emotional Learning, But Say Students in Distress Strain Their Skills


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