Overcoming the Challenges of High School SEL
Social & emotional learning at the high school level is a challenge. How do you create content that is engaging, relevant, and meets students where they are at? Join co-founders John Norlin & Houston Kraft alongside CharacterStrong’s Director of School Supports and 2016 National School Counselor of the Year Kat Pastor who led SEL work in her high school building to talk about effective social & emotional learning at the high school level.
Houston Kraft is a professional speaker, leadership consultant, and kindness advocate who speaks to middle schools, high schools, colleges, and businesses nationally. He has spoken at over 500 events and counting.
John Norlin is a Co-Founder of CharacterStrong, a Servant Leadership trainer, and motivational speaker. He was Advisor of the Year, taught 5 leadership classes per semester for 10 years at Sumner High, and was an Administrator for the Whole Child.
DIRECTOR OF SCHOOL SUPPORTS & OUTREACH
Kat has passionately served as a student and educator advocate for over 20 years in the roles of coach, student council advisor, school counselor at the secondary level and financial aid counselor/coordinator of student employment and adjunct professor at the post-secondary level. Through Kat’s leadership, her school counseling department received both state and national recognition, including ASCA RAMP recognition in 2020. Kat has facilitated professional development and learning with various state and national associations, along with individual schools and districts. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, a Masters in Education in Student Affairs and School Counseling from Northern Arizona University. Kat was named the ASCA 2016 School Counselor of the Year and Northern Arizona University’s President’s Alumni Awardee in 2021.
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