Adult SEL: Moving Beyond Admiring the Problem to Solving It

We all know by now the impact the pandemic has had on educators. It is time to move beyond admiring the problem to solving it. Adult SEL represents a batch of solutions that can help however this work must go beyond just self-care. Join our Chief Development Officer Dr. Clay Cook and Director of Research Dr. Brian Smith to learn effective ways educators can bring to life Adult SEL to promote educator social-emotional well-being, engagement, and collective efficacy through a combination of organizational and individual strategies.

June 2, 2022 9:00 AM PST
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Dr. Clayton Cook


Dr. Clay Cook holds the John and Nancy Peyton Endowed Chair in Child and Adolescent Wellbeing at the University of Minnesota and was a Professor of Educational Psychology in the College of Education and Human Development. He has extensive research and practical experiences involving the implementation of multi-tiered systems of support to promote children’s social, emotional, and behavioral wellbeing as the foundation for academic and life success. He is now the Chief Development Officer at CharacterStrong.

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Dr. Brian Smith


Dr. Smith was an elementary school counselor, and middle and high school social worker before getting his PhD at the University of Washington. His studies focused on the science behind school-based Social Emotional Learning programs. He spent a decade at Committee for Children as the primary research scientist behind the design and revision of the Second Step SEL program. He has provided Stress and Coping focused "SEL for Adults" trainings to educators in multiple districts over the last two years.

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