First Person

An important part of the SEL movement is the experience of its leaders and participants—scholars, policymakers at all levels, superintendents, school administrators, teachers, parents, students, and all the others who have learned that SEL can make a profound difference in the lives of children and youth. This page presents many of their stories in their own words.


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  • Roger Weissberg

    As a graduate student in psychology in the 1980s, Roger Weissberg became convinced that there had to be ways to help children and youth avoid problems such as school failure, drug use, and delinquency. Along with Timothy Shriver, CASEL’s current board chairman, he developed a program in the New Haven, Conn., public schools that became one of the first districtwide SEL initiatives in the country. Weissberg is now CASEL’s chief knowledge officer and a worldwide leader of the SEL field. Learn more.


  • Kyla Krengel

    As the director of social and emotional learning for the Metro Nashville Public Schools, Kyla Krengel is firmly committed to the importance of SEL and convinced of its positive benefits. That wasn’t always the case. When Krengel began her teaching career in Nashville in a Title I school, like many new teachers, she found the challenges of her needy students hard to handle. Then she discovered morning meetings, a key SEL strategy for building a positive classroom climate and teaching and using SEL skills. The result was transformational. Learn more.


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  • Sherrie Raven

    For many years the Austin (Tex.) Independent School District, part of CASEL’s Collaborating Districts Initiative, has been a leader in implementing SEL districtwide. One reason for this is the hard work and dedication of Sherrie Raven, who until recently was the AISD director of social and emotional learning. Making SEL a priority in a district with more than 83,000 students and 130 schools required strategic thinking and close attention to the everyday details. In this story Sherrie Raven describes how they did it. Learn more.


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  • Tammie Workman

 


  • Mary Hurley