2018 International Conference in Chicago



2018 Conference

Keynote Speakers

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Mark Greenberg

Melissa Schlinger

Joe Gerics

Creating a Healthy Caring School...Whole System Change Systemic SEL in District & Schools:  Lessons from the field Childhood Trauma in Our Schools
Mark Greenberg, Ph.D. holds The Bennett Endowed Chair in Prevention Research in Penn State's College of Health and Human Development and he is the Founding Director of the Prevention Research Center for the Promotion of Human Development. He is the Chair of the Advisory Board of PATHS Education Worldwide and one of the developers of the PATHS Curriculum which is used in over 3000 schools worldwide. He is the author of over 300 journal articles and book chapters on the development of well-being, learning and the effects of prevention efforts on children and families. He is an Emeritus Board Member of the Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL). One of his current interests is how to help nurture awareness and compassion in our society.  Melissa Schlinger leads CASEL’s efforts to advance systemic implementation of evidence-based social and emotional learning in school districts across the nation. She oversees CASEL’s Collaborating Districts Initiative (CDI), which has grown under her leadership from eight to eighteen large urban districts implementing systemic SEL.  She also oversees the development of school and district resources based on CDI learnings, as well as CASEL support services. As a key member of CASEL’s leadership team, Melissa collaborates with foundations, program providers, state and federal departments of education, school districts, community-based organizations, and university partners to advance CASEL’s mission of helping to make SEL an integral part of PreK-12 education for all students in the nation. Joe has been working in the field of education for thirteen years serving as a middle and high school teacher and coach for nine years in Pennsylvania, Florida, and Ohio.  He currently is employed with the Cleveland Metropolitan School District as a Humanware/Social-Emotional Learning Manager.  Joe also serves as the district lead for the Not on Our Watch anti-bullying program.  He initiated and brought emphasis on trauma-informed practice to the Cleveland Metropolitan School District and continues to be instrumental in deepening the work both inside and outside of the district.  He is currently a Doctoral Candidate with a research emphasis on challenges and barriers that face urban middle school teachers with implementation of SEL in the classroom.