Cohort 5: Intersecting SEL, Social Justice & Equity

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Cohort 5: Intersecting SEL, Social Justice & Equity

Understand the intersections of SEL and equity, assess your program’s current state, and gain insights and resources for implementation.

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This virtual, interactive two-session program will help individuals and teams from schools, districts, and other youth-serving organizations develop a shared understanding of the intersections of SEL and social justice. Participants will 1) develop a clear rationale why successful SEL implementation depends upon this intersection 2) assess the current state of leveraging SEL in service of social justice and equity in your community (including strengths, gaps, resistance and opportunities), and 3) leave with new insights and resources for implementation.


Two 2.5 hours sessions

Participants will be encouraged to attend with other team members from your school, district and/ or community organization.

Participants will meet in the same cohort configuration for both sessions, so as to develop a sense of community and strengthen networks of support.


Cohort 5

Session 1: Tuesday, January 31 - 4:00-6:30pm

Session 2: Wednesday, February 8 - 4:00-6:30pm

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Kamilah Drummond-Forrester, a lead designer for this Intersecting SEL, Social Justice and Equity two-part series, is a speaker, consultant and workshop presenter on topics of educational equity, anti-racism, self-care and social and emotional learning. She has written about these topics in the Women Change Worlds blog and has articles in esteemed educational publications such as EdSurge, The 74million, and the Hechinger Report. Most recently, Kamilah was the Director of the Open Circle social and emotional learning program for children in elementary schools. She is a board member of the state social and emotional learning advocacy organization, SEL4MA and a steering committee member of the national SEL Providers Council. In all of her roles, Kamilah’s passion for social justice and the social and emotional wellbeing of children fuels her commitment to advocating for and educating others about the inextricable connections between social and emotional learning (SEL), social justice and anti-racism. Kamilah is also a trained leader with the National SEED Project where she has led cohorts of colleagues, educators and parents through year-long community building experiences that leverage the power of story-telling, self-reflection and truth-telling to bridge build and empower.

Catherine Wong, a lead designer for this Intersecting SEL, Social Justice and Equity two-part series, leads global and national organizations and higher education programs in developing strategy, collective leadership, curriculum and training centering diversity, equity, inclusion and justice. Her effectiveness is the result of her direct ability to advocate from the heart and be unwavering in supporting youth and educators/professionals of color. Ms. Wong’s leadership experience spans PK-12 through higher education. She has held clinical faculty and director positions at Leadership Brainery, Boston; Urban Outreach Initiatives, Boston College; University of the Middle East Project, Cambridge, MA; and the Counseling Department, UMass Boston. Ms. Wong also serves on the SEL-TEd Steering Committee; Boston Public Schools Equity Roundtable; Co-Chair of Leadership Brainery’s Board of Directors, Board of Advisors for E3, Education, Excellence and Equity; and, as an Expert Panelist for the Global Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Benchmarks (GDEIB).

Marcus Penny has over 10 years of experience leading and learning in large urban school districts across the US. He works with a variety of administrations to recruit, monitor, and maintain educators and staff members of color as well as implement anti-racism strategies throughout school communities. Marcus has been recognized by the US Department of Education for his leadership in implementing culturally relevant, inclusion strategies for diverse groups of learners. He currently serves as Science Instructional Coach for the B.E.E.S. Program in the Boston Public School System.

Colleen Galvin Labbe has been an educator for 20 years, more than half of those in the Boston Public Schools in various teaching positions, including as a classroom teacher, intervention specialist supporting students who have been historically marginalized in becoming

independent learners; and as an instructional coach, working with principals, teachers, and

community partners to align culturally responsive SEL practices in-and-out of school. Colleen is dedicated to advancing education practices that promote transformative SEL in school communities, and is currently a Social-Emotional and Academic Development [SEAD] Instructional Coach in the Boston Public Schools. Colleen has held teacher leadership roles in her district and state, including as a Teach Plus Policy Fellow, and most recently as a member of the Safe & Supportive Schools Commission of Massachusetts. She has presented in national conferences about integrating SEL into academic content areas, with a focus on elevating identity, belonging, agency, collaborative problem solving and curiosity.