ASHLAND – Senator Karen E. Spilka, who represents Framingham, will host a forum with the Rennie Center for Education Research & Policy about social-emotional learning (SEL) on Tuesday, January 9 in Ashland.
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.
Others participating in the forum are:
- Jennifer Poulos, Associate Director, Rennie Center for Education Research and Policy
- Debra Bromfield, Director of Student Services, Canton Public Schools
- Rachelle Engler Bennett, Associate Commissioner, Student and Family Support, MA Department of Elementary and econdary Education
- Richard Fournier, Director of District Partnerships, Transforming Education
The forum is scheduled at the Warren Conference Center and Inn at 529 Chestnut Street in Ashland from 6 to 7 p.m.
The event is and open to the public but attendees must RSVP via Eventbrite.
Several members of the new City of Framingham School Commttee plan to attend.
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.