TitleBuilding Positive Learning Communities: How to Promote Social Emotional Learning for ALL Students
DurationHalf-day session, very interactive!
DescriptionJoin us for a hands-on session focused on understanding current guidelines for SEL programming, and reviewing theories, terminology, evidence-based research and best practices to create kinder, more-relatable teaching practices. Dynamic presenters will lead an exciting session using theater games, reflection, and mindfulness as practical tools to develop student skills in identifying and interpreting non-verbal information, calming and self-centering, and building Positive Learning Communities in every school.
PresentersBrian Smith is an actor, director, classroom teacher, and a proud member of the Actor’s Equity Association. In partnership with Teresa Dooley-Smith, he has spent the past 10 years leading innovative programs that use Acting as a platform to build character, create positive learning communities, and involve all students in strengthening social skills.

Teresa Dooley-Smith, CCC- SLP, is an ASHA certified SLP, educator, and an out-of-the-box clinical thinker. She is the founder of an innovative speech pathology and social communication practice and has more than 30 years of experience building inspiring communities among learners, teachers, and families, and serving children and adults with special needs.

Teresa and Brian, along with their writing partner, Lynn Yanis, established Positive Learning Communities and have co-authored extensive curricular and instructional materials for teaching SEL, supporting students with special needs, and embodying mindfulness and positivity in all teaching and learning.

AudienceK-6 general education and special education teachers, Curriculum Coordinators, Therapists, Guidance staff, Behavioral Support Personnel, Paraprofessionals, Administrators, and all staff involved in making decisions regarding curriculum, integration, and school climate.