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Social and emotional learning:
Assess it to address it

Gil Noam and Kimberly Schonert-Reichl

May 6, 2014

The symposium featured Gil Noam of Harvard University and Kimberly Schonert-Reichl from the University of British Columbia. This event was part of our symposium series dedicated to understanding social and emotional learning and its contribution to closing the achievement and opportunity gaps.

Explore what communities have actually done to measure youth more holistically and how they've used data at the neighborhood, school and program level to enhance social and emotional learning. This symposium was not about what to measure, but about the opportunities that emerge when measuring social and emotional learning, as well as strategies for addressing the challenges that arise.

This symposium was part of a 2-day summit (May 5-6) emerging from our Understanding to Action initiative with Youthprise.

Read more about day 1 of the summit.

Video recordings and slide presentations from the summit

Day 1
Social and emotional learning: Understanding it to improve it

On the first day of the summit, the Center for Applied Research and Educational Improvement (CAREI) in the College of Education and Human Development convened education, foundation, municipal, business, faith and other community leaders to learn about social and emotional competencies, their importance, and how they relate to opportunity and achievement gaps.

Presentation by St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman


Presentation by Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education Jim Shelton


Presentation by Gil Noam

View Gil Noam's PowerPoint presentation slides (PDF)

Presentation by Kimberly Schonert-Reichl

View Kimberly Schonert-Reichl's PowerPoint presentation slides (PDF)

Youth panel

Facilitators: Eyenga Bokamba and Brenda Girton-Mitchell
Panelists: Rich Pennington, Brittany Eich, Chava Gabrielle, David Kim, Gao Vue and Hannah Quartrom

Day 2
Social and emotional learning: Assess it to address it

On the second day of the summit, the Extension Center for Youth Development hosted professionals and volunteers who work with and on behalf of youth to learn about the opportunities and challenges that emerged in the cities of Boston and Vancouver when social and emotional learning was assessed.

Presentation by Gil Noam


Presentation by Kimberly Schonert-Reichl


Panel discussion with Brenda Girton-Mitchell
and Michael Rodriguez


Sponsored by the Minnesota 4-H Foundation’s Howland Family Endowment for Youth Leadership Development

Learn more about social and emotional learning

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