Your Name and Title:
Susan Stillman, Ed. D.
Director of Education
School or Organization Name:
Six Seconds, the Emotional Intelligence Network
Ilaria Boffa, Program Manager, Six Seconds, Global Office
Area of the World from Which You Will Present:
USA (Mountain Standard time); Italy
Language in Which You Will Present:
Educators (Teachers, counselors, school leaders) and Educational Consultants
Short Session Description (one line):
Experience the power of Social Emotional Learning: Lessons from a global virtual EQ course for 25K educators
Full Session Description (as long as you would like):
Social and Emotional Learning is a key ingredient for educators in the 21st century. The world needs change agents who can be role models for youth through a deep emotional literacy, authentic empathy and responsible optimism. In this presentation we’ll offer a glance at one possible strategy to initiate a process of transformation in schools and local communities. This strategy is called iSEL, Introduction to Social and Emotional Learning, a free virtual and experiential course where resources, activities and tools drive people toward a fresh awareness about the crucial role of integrating Emotional Intelligence in the classrooms. Contributions from top scientists, experts and practitioners pioneering in this field, enrich the iSEL modules and provide a research-based approach. The session will allow participants to interact and experience concrete EQ skills to practice at school and at home.
While education focuses on cognitive skills, research shows that social and emotional skills are also essential. Increasingly, teachers see this value; in a recent study, teachers overwhelmingly agreed that social emotional skills are the missing piece to improve student outcomes and transform our schools. Researchers have convincingly demonstrated the impact that social emotional learning programs can have on student behavior, engagement, and academic achievement.
The question is: How important is SEL for our global community? How can you put this into practice in your classroom or school?
iSEL is a virtual training, blending recorded lectures, discussions, readings, and practical assignments that is open to all educators around the world at no cost.
This session will describe lessons learned from our first months of the virtual course. Participants will experience some of the activities and learn how educators and parents can sign up, participate in discussion groups, and later become group discussion leaders themselves and reach even more people in their own schools and communities.
This presentation? Additional information connecting our presentation to the mission of the Global Education Conference:
Websites / URLs Associated with Your Session:
Hi Susan -
Are you representing a for profit organization?
No, Six Seconds is a global non-profit organization. We have 100,000+ members of our network around the world in 75+ countries. We also have a free member website, eq.org, to encourage collaborative projects throughout the world on EQ. This iSEL course is one of these collaborative projects, where we motivate people who have taken the course to lead discussion groups themselves where ever they are or virtually to spread EQ to 1Billion people, which is our goal.
Okay, very helpful information! I'm wondering how your work relates to our mission: http://www.globaleducationconference.com/notes/The_GEC_Mission_Stat.... Direct ties may be implied, but we would like to see more direct language that explains how your proposed topic fits in with our focus on global connections and collaboration. Remember, this is not a general education conference nor an ed tech conference.
Also, it looks like you cut and paste material in here, perhaps from your web site or a previous proposal. Can you edit your proposal so that the formatting is consistent?
Please edit your proposal by November 15th and email me when you are finished so that I can review this again.
We've edited the discussion to hopefully show you the connections to the global education conference mission.
Thanks for the consideration and let us know any further questions you may have.