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Fresh in the minds of most students this fall won’t be Shakespeare or geometry; for many, it will be the cousin they lost to COVID-19, the anxieties of being the child of an essential worker, or the ongoing racial inequities they experience in their communities.  

Add to this the myriad challenges associated with blended and remote learning, and there is a great risk that many NYC public school students fall through the cracks.

It will be critical that schools prioritize the social-emotional needs of their students come September. There will be an urgent need for asset-based practices and structures that ensure students are engaged in their learning and feel part of a strong and supportive school community.

To help provide guidance, NYC Outward Bound Schools and The Urban Assembly are partnering to host “SEL and School Reopening in NYC: A Student-Centered Approach,” a free virtual panel discussion on August 5 from 3-4 p.m. EDT.

The panel discussion will underscore the critical importance of weaving SEL work into each school’s reopening plans and will highlight concrete, evidence-based examples of how to do that, equipping attendees with the tools they need to leverage students’ strengths and the strengths of their school community.

Meet the Panelists:

What the panel will cover:

  • Reasons why weaving SEL into each school’s reopening plans is critical
  • Evidence-based SEL pillars that can be incorporated into every school plan
  • Concrete school-based practices and structures that help create a sense of belonging, tap into students’ strengths and foster student engagement

Who should register:

  • Education policy and decision-makers
  • School leaders
  • Teachers
  • Education funders
  • Parents
  • Anyone committed to an equitable whole-child approach to education

Hon. Mark Treyger

NYC Council Member,
Chair of the Committee on Education

Veronica Coleman

Principal, Kurt Hahn,
A NYC Outward Bound School

Robert Jagers

Vice President of Research,

Chi Kim

Pure Edge

Dismary Santos

The Urban Assembly School for the Performing Arts

Elizabeth Stranzl

Director of Policy,
NYC Department of Education

David Adams

Panel moderator
Senior Director of Policy,
The Urban Assembly

Richard Stopol

Panel introductions
President & CEO,
NYC Outward Bound Schools

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