OPINION: SEL May Be the Latest Buzzword, But It’s Really Just Good Teaching

Think about your favorite teacher from your days in school. Chances are that the reason you loved them had way less to do with academics than with how they made you feel as a person — even if they also fostered incredible academic growth. That is undoubtedly because of the teacher’s commitment to you as […]

Federal Policy Priorities and Recommendations 2022

The current K-12 education system has not produced equitable outcomes for all students. We must change policies and invest in innovation to transform our education systems. Student-centered policies are needed for true systems change and innovations for equity. We must challenge frames and investments that perpetuate tinkering with the existing system, rather than reimagining it. […]

Adults Undervalue Teen Friendships. Here’s How to Support Them

Adolescence can be a tumultuous time, and to make sure teens stay focused, the adults in their lives often push them toward things that seem to augur success: doing well in school, helping around the house, participating in sports or community service. But what adults tend to underappreciate, experts say, is the value of close […]

Jeff Hainbuch

Jeff Hainbuch is a retired Superintendent of Education with the Toronto School Board. He has more than 30 years of experience in public education with extensive knowledge leading family of schools; curriculum development; special education; leadership and staff development; and serving marginalized communities. Recently, he held the position of Head of Educational Partnerships with WE, […]

Susan Ward Roncalli

Ms. Roncalli is an SEL Adviser for the Division of Instruction with the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD). She is a veteran teacher with over 30 years of experience as a secondary English Language Arts instructor in LAUSD. She serves on the California team for the Collaborative for Academic and Social Emotional Learning (CASEL) […]

Jacqueline Sanderlin, Ed.D.

Dr. Sanderlin (aka Dr. J.) is an accomplished educator and empowerment speaker, whose commitment to urban communities has led to dramatic improvements in some of Southern California’s toughest schools. Dr. Jackie’s passion and deep knowledge of curriculum and instruction, community engagement, partnerships, and educational leadership is unparalleled!

Daryton Ramsey

Mr. Ramsey is a dynamic, liberation-centered adaptive leader with 14 years of outcomes-based education leadership and management experience. He has a proven performance record of building system level capacity through training and developing high performing teams and cultivating positive relationships in a manner that affirms, honors, and includes all stakeholders. At the core of his […]

Edlyn Peña, Ph.D.

Dr. Peña is the Chair and Associate Professor of the Education Leadership doctoral program, and the Director of the Autism and Communication Center, at California Lutheran University (CLU). She is an award-winning researcher who studies ways to support autistic students, from Pre-K through Higher Education, As a scholar and advocate for communication and inclusion rights […]

Carrie Patterson

Ms. Patterson is the Managing Director at MindUP™ | The Goldie Hawn Foundation, supporting the CEO in strategic planning and the digital transformation of the MindUP program, as well as heading up fundraising, partnerships, and the overall operations of the organization. She brings a wealth of knowledge from her previous role as Chief Operations Director […]

Lauryn Nwankpa

Ms.Nwankpa is the Head of Social Impact at Dave where she marries Dave’s financial goals with social impact strategies that span public policy, strategic partnerships and industry best practices. Formerly the Head of Social Impact at Headspace, she launched “Headspace for Educators” providing free access to meditation resources for all K-12 educators in the US.