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Senator Spilka Hosts Discussion of Social-Emotional Learning in MetroWest Schools

by Senator Karen Spilka

Senator Spilka Hosts Discussion of Social-Emotional Learning in MetroWest Schools

On Tuesday, January 9th, Senator Karen E. Spilka (D-Ashland) will host a forum with the Rennie Center for Education Research & Policy about social-emotional learning (SEL). The conversation will highlight the work of exSEL: Excellence through Social-Emotional Learning, a network bringing together school districts across Massachusetts to design and implement policies and practices that promote SEL.

The forum is part of Senator Spilka’s MetroWest Kids Initiative, designed to identify strategies to help children in MetroWest learn, grow and succeed, with a focus on social-emotional learning. SEL is a research-backed framework to bring skills like stress management, positive relationship-building, responsible decision-making and empathy into classrooms.

WHO:             Senator Karen E. Spilka (D-Ashland)

                        Jennifer Poulos, Associate Director, Rennie Center for Education Research & Policy
Debra Bromfield, Director of Student Services, Canton Public Schools
Rachelle Engler Bennett, Associate Commissioner, Student and Family Support, MA Department of Elementary & Secondary Education
Richard Fournier, Director of District Partnerships, Transforming Education

WHAT:          Discussion of social-emotional learning and opportunities for implementation in MetroWest schools

WHEN:          January 9, 2018

                        6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

WHERE:       Warren Conference Center and Inn

                        Hayden Lodge

                        529 Chestnut Street, Ashland

NOTE:           This event is free and open to the public; attendees must RSVP via Eventbrite.


The exSEL Network is led by the exSEL Coalition, whose members include the Massachusetts Association of School Committees, Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents, Massachusetts Organization of Educational Collaboratives and Massachusetts School Administrators Association. The exSEL Coalition’s non-profit partners, the Rennie Center and Teachers 21, provide expertise, support and training for the network.