School Climate and Social-Emotional Learning

posted Oct 1, 2016, 4:25 PM by Professional Learning

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School Climate and Social-Emotional Learning: Research, Regional Challenges, and Policy Implications

Students who have experienced trauma or adverse childhood experiences often exhibit behavioral challenges and/or struggle academically. As a result, schools and districts increasingly need to address student’s social and emotional learning through interventions, curriculum, and alternative discipline measures.

Keynote speaker Dr. Cassie Yackley will present research on the effects of poverty, stress, and violence on children’s social, emotional, and behavioral development; school climate; and student academic performance. A panel of education leaders from across the Northeast & Islands Region will discuss the effects of state and national policy on school climate and how schools and districts are using data to assess school climate and culture. Following the panel, participants will engage in facilitated small-group discussions around these issues with stakeholders in their own and other states.


·        Cassie Yackley, PsyD
Licensed Psychologist


·        Mary Steady
Administrator, Office of Student Wellness, New Hampshire Department of Education

·        David Sienko
Director, Office of Students, Community, and Academic Support, Rhode Island Department of Education

·        Rhonda Poliquin
Principal, New Suncook Elementary School, Lovell, Maine

·        Courtney Smith
Teacher, New Suncook Elementary School, Lovell, Maine

·        Matt Sloane
Deputy Superintendent, Questar III BOCES, New York


·        Diana Wogan
Researcher, REL Northeast & Islands

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Tuesday, October 18, 2016
9:00–3:30 p.m. ET


The Radisson Hotel
700 Elm Street
Manchester, N.H.

Who Should Attend?

State, district, school, and community organization leaders who are involved in school climate initiatives that design and implement interventions to impact school climate and culture, social and emotional learning, and student behavior. Participants are strongly encouraged to attend in state teams.

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