Where You Are – Episode E7
November 6, 2019
This episode, our hosts are discussing discussing Social Emotional Learning, often referred to as SEL. You are probably wondering what SEL is all about? Why has this topic been talked about so much among parents, within schools and our communities? SEL has been described as the process by which children and youth learn social and emotional skills, such as managing emotions, showing empathy and maintaining positive relationships. This episode will explore what parents and caregivers can do to support SEL at home, as well as learn about the role of schools in promoting SEL. Here with us to unpack this are Gail Markin and Dr. Kimberly Schonert-Reichl who is joining us by phone.
Gail Markin (shown above) is a middle school counsellor and a district teacher supporting social and emotional learning in the Langley School District. Gail came to the education field with a background in social work, family counselling and parent education. She moved to the education field after working for many years as an involved parent and seeing the impact and importance of home and school and community working together. She is passionate about parents understanding social and emotional learning because she knows what research says about the impact it can have on health, happiness and success for all.
Kim Schonert-Reichl is an Applied Developmental Psychologist and a Professor in Faculty of Education at UBC and the Director of the Human Early Learning Partnership (HELP), an interdisciplinary research unit focused on child development at UBC. Before beginning her graduate work, she was a middle school teacher and a high school teacher for “at risk” youth. Known as a world renowned expert in the area of social and emotional learning (SEL), Kim’s research focuses on identification of the processes that foster positive human qualities such as empathy, compassion, altruism, and resiliency in children and adolescents. She is the recipient of the 2015 Joseph E. Zins Distinguished Scholar Award for outstanding research on social and emotional learning (SEL), and the 2009 Confederation of University Faculty Associations BC's Paz Buttedahl Career Achievement Award in recognition of her sustained outstanding contributions to the community beyond the academy through research over the major portion of her career.