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Harmony SEL offers webinars focused on relevant topics in education.

These engaging webinars help inform educators about social emotional learning and provide practical SEL strategies that can be used in schools and organizations across the world. When implemented consistently and effectively, benefits such as improving communication and understanding between boys and girls, increasing empathy and decreasing aggression, and improving academic achievement are carried through adolescence into adulthood.

A collection of Harmony webinars* is listed below.

Harmony webinars* are free of charge to all registrants.

* Opinions and content in this presentation are that of the featured guest speaker and may not necessarily be a direct representation of Harmony SEL or Inspire Teaching & Learning.

Upcoming Webinars

On-Demand Webinars

Dr. Christina Cipriano

Emotions Matter for All Learners: SEL for Traditionally Underserved Students and Educators

Presented by:

  • Dr. Christina Cipriano, Assistant Professor at the Yale Child Study Center and Director of Research at the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence

Join us for this one hour, no-cost webinar where Dr. Cipriano will share how social and emotional learning (SEL) should meet the needs of students who stand to benefit the most – underserved students with minoritized and often marginalized identities on the basis of culture, language, ability and orientation, and income. Dr. Cipriano will present evidence-based SEL strategies to maximize support for all students.

Objectives:

  • Learn how we can best support all learners by shaping the needs and strengths of students and educators who are often marginalized by typical educational models
  • Hear the practical significance of embedding SEL principles that attend to learner variability and diversity in all classrooms
  • Explore evidence-based practices that can be adopted to optimize SEL implementation and evaluation in all classrooms

Harmony Connection:
Harmony SEL provides stories, lessons, and Everyday Practices to encourage connections between students, teachers, families, and communities. Meet Up and Buddy Up activities are designed to foster an attitude of acceptance, inclusion, and caring so that all students feel welcome and connected.

Participants who join live will receive a certificate of participation. If you are not able to join the live session, you can register, and we will send you a link to the recording after the webinar.

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Juliana Urtubey

Cultivating Joyous and Just Educational Spaces for All

Presented by:

  • Ms. Juliana Urtubey, 2021 CCSSO National Teacher of the Year

Now more than ever, students need opportunities to thrive in spaces with strong student and teacher connections. But what are some innovative and unique approaches to authentically engage the community back together? Engage in this one hour no-cost webinar where the 2021 CCSSO National Teacher of the Year Juliana Urtubey will share inspirational examples and stories that illustrate how creating joyous and just spaces are critical and beneficial for students, staff and parents in your school communities

Join us for this one hour no-cost webinar where the 2021 CCSSO National Teacher of the Year Juliana Urtubey will share inspirational examples and stories that illustrate how creating joyous and just spaces are critical and beneficial for students, staff and parents in your school communities.

Objectives:

  • Hear strategies to understand if learning spaces are inclusive and equity for all students.
  • Learn how to apply different lenses for healthy relationship building with students, families, and communities.
  • Determine which strategies are best suited to meet students where they are in terms of academic learning and social and emotional development.

Inspire Connection:
Inspire Teaching & Learning offers no cost professional development modules celebrating inspirational teaching. We invite you to watch our on-demand modules, Be the Spark: Nurturing Student Inspiration, Teaching Students Empathy, Strategies for Engaging with Parents for connections to this webinar.

Participants who join live will receive a certificate of participation. If you are not able to join the live session, you can register, and we will send you a link to the recording after the webinar.

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Dr. Doug Fisher

Supporting School and Teacher Leaders to Rebuild Community Through Harmony

Presented by:

  • Dr. Doug Fisher, Esteemed Author

Panelists:

  • Ms. Larryelle Phillips, Harmony SEL Strategic Accounts Advisor
  • Mr. Josh Pauly, Harmony SEL Ambassador

Much uncertainty still exists as students, educators, and families transition into the 2021-2022 school year. Research shows that strong relationships within the school community can help mitigate the effects of this uncertainty. Join us for this one-hour, no-cost webinar where esteemed author Dr. Doug Fisher will share recommended strategies that educators can use to support rebuilding school communities with students, families, and colleagues. Harmony SEL Ambassador Mr. Josh Pauly and Harmony SEL Strategic Accounts Advisor Ms. Larryelle Phillips will highlight approaches that partner districts are taking to rebuild communities and share resources aligned with this research in our newly released Back-to-School Resource Toolkits. Our ambassadors will also share a sneak peek of Harmony SEL Third Edition.

Objectives:

  • Identify research-based strategies to rebuild your school community impacted by school disruptions, COVID-19, and social unrest over the past year.
  • Understand how district partners leverage the power of Harmony and SEL to rebuild communities.
  • Review Harmony SEL and Inspire Teaching & Learning resources that are highlighted in our Back-to-School Resource Toolkits, aligning with the research-based practices.
  • Get a sneak peek of Harmony SEL Third Edition, highlighting our new features rolling out this school year to continue to support community, equity, and inclusion in our communities.
Nick Yoder

Rebuilding Our Communities: Harmony and Inspire Resources for Student and Educator Support

Presented by:

  • Nick Yoder, Ph.D., Sr. Director of Research and Professional Learning
  • Jakotora Tjoutuku, Harmony SEL Ambassador
  • Veronica Calvo, Sr. Manager of Partnerships

As educators, students, and out-of-school time programs kick off a new school year, we want to rebuild a sense of community. Harmony SEL and Inspire Teaching & Learning have collaborated on two toolkits that give schools and organizations the resources and insights you need to help students and staff feel safe, valued, and understood. In this webinar, members of the Harmony and Inspire team guide attendees through strategies and activities in the Rebuilding Our Communities back-to-school toolkits.

Dr. Susan Green

Stronger Together: Affirming and Reconnecting with Our Students, Families, and Communities

Presented by:

  • Dr. Susan Green, Senior Administrator of SEL and Design, New York City Department of Education
  • Jessy Cuddy, Senior Director, Learning & Practice, Communities in Schools
  • Jacqueline Stedman, Senior Program Manager, Learning and Development, Communities in Schools

Host:

  • Lauren Puzen, National Director, Harmony SEL

Join us for this one hour, no-cost webinar where Harmony SEL Director Lauren Puzen will host an engaging conversation with Dr. Susan Green from NYCDOE and Jaqueline Stedman & Jessy Cuddy of Communities in Schools. Their conversation will focus on research-based strategies to engage with and empower our students, teachers, families, and communities as we reconnect in the fall and bring attention to diversity and inclusion in our schools and communities.

Objectives:

  • Rethink and refine strategies for connecting with students, families, and communities, particularly after the trauma so many have experienced as a result of COVID-19 and the disruptive schooling for many students this past year.
  • Discover strategies to move from a deficit model to a strengths model in our interactions with students and families.
  • Understand the positive impact of cultural humility and power sharing.

Harmony Connection:
Harmony SEL provides Stories, Lessons, and Everyday Practices to encourage connections between students, teachers, families, and communities. Meet Up and Buddy Up activities are designed to foster an attitude of acceptance, inclusion, and caring so that all students feel welcome and connected.

Participants who join live will receive a certificate of participation. If you are not able to join the live session, you can register, and we will send you a link to the recording after the webinar.

Nate Howard, Inspirational Speaker, Poet and Social Entrepreneur

Tell Your Story Before They Do

Presented by:

  • Nate Howard, Inspirational Speaker, Poet and Social Entrepreneur

In this webinar, viewers will:

  1. Gain a deeper understanding of Transformative Social Emotional Learning (SEL) for Educators.
  2. Be introduced to new strategies for EdTech and gamification to engage students at a deeper level.
  3. Learn how poetry and narrative therapy can support issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Dr. Sara Rimm-Kaufman, Commonwealth Professor of Education at the University of Virginia

It’s Time to Celebrate What We’ve Accomplished and Be Inspired for the School Year Ahead!

Presented by:

  • Dr. Sara Rimm-Kaufman, Commonwealth Professor of Education at the University of Virginia

Panelists:

  • Sarah Frayer an award-winning teacher, education consultant, and public speaker with over 10 years of experience as a teacher
  • Whitney Green an award-winning school counselor in Maryland
  • Alejandro Diasgranados a fourth- and fifth-grade teacher in Washington DC. And recently the 2020 National University Teacher of the Year
  • Dr. Monica Loyce, principal of Thurgood Marshall Elementary School in Chula Vista, CA

Objectives:
Reflect on the incredible journey educators have taken in the 2020-2021 school year and celebrate all that has been accomplished in Prek-12th education during a once in a lifetime pandemic.

Think about the renewed focus on the importance of Social Emotional Learning as a result of the trauma so many experienced and social unrest nationwide.

Identify all that you know about SEL to approach the challenges that lie ahead so that you feel prepared and ready for a successful year with HarmonySEL and other resources in your toolkit.

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Bridging SEL Assessments and Programs: Educators Speak on Using Harmony and Panorama

Presented by:

  • John A. Pickens, III, Interim Program Manager, Harmony SEL
  • Tanya Thompson, Project Coordinator, Broward County Public Schools
  • Vivianne Jenkins, SEL Specialist, Broward County Public Schools
  • Juany Valdespino-Gaytán, Executive Director of Engagement Services, Dallas ISD
  • Aileen Mokuria, SEL Professional Development Manager, Dallas ISD
  • Dr. Susan M. Green, Senior Administrator of SEL and Design, New York City Department of Education

Implementing successful systemic social and emotional learning (SEL) relies on evidence-based programs and best practices as well as a strong foundation of actionable data and assessment. Harmony SEL co-hosted an interactive panel discussion with SEL assessment provider Panorama and Harmony educators to explore how SEL programs and tools help build a bridge between implementation and assessment.

Dr. Barzanna White

Intersection of Greatness: How SEL Can Improve Climate and Mitigate the Effects of Trauma

Presented by:

  • Dr. Barzanna White, District School Psychologist and School Climate Transformation Grant Director, Caddo Parish Schools, Louisiana

As students are returning to in-person learning, we know that Covid-19 has had an impact on so children and families. Many educators and school leaders are seeking additional resources to support the educational and social emotional challenges the pandemic has caused for so many. During this hour-long no cost webinar, School Psychologist Dr. Barzanna White will address how Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) can have a tremendous impact on childhood learning. Dr. White will review the research behind how the brain functions from trauma. With her years of experience in supporting students in crisis, Dr. White will share how Social Emotional Learning tools such as Harmony SEL can help mitigate the impact of trauma. Professional development about trauma can also provide educators with the knowledge and skills needed to support students impacted by trauma. A strong SEL focus will help overcome the tremendous challenges presented by Covid-19 and lead to a healthier school environment.

We recommended viewing our no-cost Inspire modules to learn more about trauma informed instruction: Supporting Trauma Exposed Students & Understanding the Impact of Trauma on Students.

Building Student Friendships Across the Racial Divide webinar

Building Student Friendships Across the Racial Divide

Presented by:

  • Dr. Melissa Collins, 2nd grade teacher, Memphis, Tennessee
  • Mr. Michael Dunlea, 3rd grade teacher, Tabernacle, New Jersey

In this one-hour webinar, two award-winning educators Dr. Melissa Collins and Mr. Michael Dunlea will share how they have maximized HarmonySEL activities to achieve learning experiences that build both empathy and understanding. Participants will learn strategies to foster relationships and connect with a diverse group of students and others. The presenters will also share how their students’ perspectives continue to evolve on race relations given the current events that underscore inequities and continued protests to create more equitable institutions. You will not want to miss this inspirational story of how two classrooms with young students from very different backgrounds have collaborated and developed lifelong friendships, while learning how to advocate for equity for all.

Dr. Patricia (Tish) Jennings, Professor of Education, University of Virginia.

Shining a Bright Light on Educator SEL

Presented by:

  • Dr. Patricia (Tish) Jennings, Professor of Education, University of Virginia

Panelists:

  • Tom Whisinnand, National University Grand Prize Teacher Award Winner 2019
  • Alejandro Diasgranados, DC Teacher of the Year 2020, Top 4 NTOY 2021 Finalist
  • Dr. Lori Piowlski, Acting Dean and Chair of the Teacher Education Department at National University

As we prepare to celebrate international #SELday, we invite you to join us for our next one-hour, no-cost webinar. Dr. Patricia (Tish) Jennings, Professor of Education at the University of Virginia, will moderate a panel with our award-winning teachers to share the importance of SEL for educators and the ways in which the pandemic and social unrest in our communities have influenced educator well-being.

Christiana Frank, Educator, Motivational Speaker, Coach

Applied Improv for SEL and Trauma-Informed Practices

Presented by:

  • Christiana Frank, Consultant, Trainer, Speaker

In this one hour, no-cost webinar, educator and trainer Christiana Frank will share how Applied Improvisation tools positively impact students who have experienced trauma or need support in social-emotional skills.

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Looking into the 2021 SEL Telescope

Presented by:

  • Dr. Nick Yoder, Director of Strategic Initiatives at Harmony SEL

Panelists:

  • Janna Moyer, SEL Specialist, Washoe
  • Dr. Simyka Carlton SEL Coordinator, Nashville

As we look ahead in our telescope, we see a new way of interacting on the horizon. A way of interacting that takes our learning, our growth, our pain, our loss, and our healing into account. In this one hour, no-cost webinar, join moderator Dr. Nick Yoder in a discussion with SEL expert practitioners about what they see in the 2021 SEL telescope.

Dr. Victor Carrion.

The Neuroscience of Stress

Presented by:

  • Dr. Victor Carrion, Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Stanford
  • Chi Kim, CEO of Pure Edge, Inc, and CASEL Board of Directors

Stanford Lead Researcher Dr. Victor Carrion will discuss the neuroscience of stress and anxiety and the impact on children and educators. Ms. Chi Kim will share the benefits of integrating mindfulness and yoga to reduce stress, improve focus and support social and emotional development. Please join this webinar to learn about the biological impact of stress and tips for healthy stress management.

Jonathan Juravich.

Engaging in SEL Through Visual Arts Exploration

Presented by:

  • Jonathan Juravich

Join award-winning arts teacher Jonathan Juravich, as he shares how visual art experiences can prompt important SEL discussions, SEL can lead to rich art-making experiences for students and visual art experiences can lead to community building.

Dr. Mary Conage, Director of Special Projects, University of Florida.

Starting Again: Parent Connections After School Closures

Presented by:

  • Dr. Mary Conage, Director of Special Projects, University of Florida

In this webinar, we’ll discuss the power of making social-emotional connections with families; consider ways to be intentional in planning for a “new normal” with family engagement and identify specific actions to facilitate authentic and ongoing family partnerships.

National Center for Urban School Transformation (NCUST) logo.

Reopening Schools with a Focus on SEL and Equity Webinar Series

This five-part webinar series for educational leaders will address strategies for trauma response to meet the social and emotional needs of students, staff, and communities.

Founded in 2005, the National Center for Urban School Transformation (NCUST) is dedicated to helping urban school districts and their partners transform urban schools into spaces where all students achieve academic proficiency, demonstrate a love of learning, and graduate well prepared to succeed in post-secondary education, the workplace and their communities.

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Teacher and students outside

The Contrasting Realities of Reopening Schools: Understanding Inequities to Support the Whole Child

Presented by:

  • Linda Darling Hammond, Doug Fisher and Tyrone Howard

Moderator: Jackie Jodl

How to be an inspiring educator while facing challenges related to historic and current inequity, new procedures required for the reopening of schools, and the need for distance and blended instruction.

Michael Soskil, Author, Teacher, Speaker, 2016 Global Teacher Prize Top 10

SEL and STEM: Building Empathy to Help Solve World Problems

Presented by:

  • Michael Soskil, Author, Teacher, Speaker, 2016 Global Teacher Prize Top 10

In this webinar, you’ll learn the purpose behind Social-Emotional Learning, why it is critical, how STEM is integrated and how to get started.

Dorina Sackman-Ebuwa.

Emotional Intelligence and Resiliency: Teaching during Covid-19

Presented by:

  • Dorina Sackman-Ebuwa, 2014 Florida Teacher of the Year and Top-4 Finalist, National Teacher of the Year

In this webinar, you’ll receive various tools, tips and advice for teaching and emotional learning during Covid-19.

Dr. Linda Darling-Hammond

Supporting the Whole Child in a Time of Crisis

Presented by:

  • Dr. Linda Darling-Hammond

On May 12, Dr. Hammond shared insights and strategies for supporting the whole child and their families as a unique educator during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Leah Juelke.

Strategies for Supporting Diverse Learners in a Digital World

Presented by:

  • Leah Juelke, 2019 North Dakota Teacher Award State Winner

In this webinar, you’ll learn practical ways to support, understand, and build connections in your multi-cultural classroom using digital tools either in the classroom or in remote learning settings.

Christopher S Reina.

Mindfulness for Educators

Presented by:

  • Christopher S. Reina, Ph.D. President and Founder Leading Without Ego, LLC

In this webinar, you’ll learn how educators can cultivate greater mindfulness within themselves and their students will offer specific strategies to harness the power of mindfulness to increase well-being and classroom engagement.

Marc Brackett.

Permission To Feel: Unlocking the Power of Emotions to Help Our Kids, Ourselves, and Our Society Thrive

Presented by:

  • Dr. Marc Brackett, Founding Director of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence
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Tom Whisinnand.

A Teacher’s Purpose: What the World Needs Now

Presented by:

  • Tom Whisinnand, 2019 Grand Prize Teacher Award Winner

In this webinar, Tom Whisinnand, a.k.a. Mr. Whiz, reflects on how caring learning environments have transformed learning spaces in his classroom and beyond. Mr. Whiz knows teachers are the key to our future. In this engaging presentation, he will inspire educators to continue changing the world.

Dr. Brian McDaniel.

Caring Beyond Expectations

Presented by:

  • Dr. Brian McDaniel, 2018 California Teacher of the Year and 2019 Global Teacher Prize Top Finalist

In this webinar, Dr. McDaniel will inspire you to dream big for all of your students. He will share how the importance of building relationships is the foundation for supporting student success in school and beyond. These relationships will help transform the ordinary to the extraordinary. He will share several case studies of how former students who once struggled became shining stars with his care and high expectations for all in his band class. Join this webinar to be inspired and motivated to support the amazing future of your students!

Dr. Mary Conage, Director of Special Projects, University of Florida.

Culturally Responsive Learning Environments

Presented by:

  • Dr. Mary Conage, Director of Special Projects, University of Florida

During the webinar, Dr. Conage will share tools to facilitate authentic reflection, intentional planning, and focused action for more equitable academic experiences and achievement outcomes for diverse learners.

Elizabeth Cook.

Filling Your Cup: Comprehensive Self-Care Strategies for the Educator

Presented by:

  • Elizabeth Cook, Senior National Advisor for Social Emotional Health, Alliance for a Healthier Generation.

In this webinar we discuss how to understand how our cups become empty in the first place (even when we’ve thought we’ve filled them) and how we, collectively, can work together toward developing effective self-care strategies that are both meaningful and manageable.

Chelonnda Seroyer.

Summer Video Series: Kicking Off an Inspirational School Year – Part 3

Presented by:

  • Chelonnda Seroyer, International Teacher Award winner and president of Seroyer Educational Consulting Service.

This 15-minute webinar provides practical strategies and the following key takeaways: Communication techniques that will help foster a strong home/school relationship. Innovative ways to increase parental participation

Chelonnda Seroyer.

Summer Video Series: Kicking Off an Inspirational School Year – Part 2

Presented by:

  • Chelonnda Seroyer, International Teacher Award winner and president of Seroyer Educational Consulting Service.

This 15-minute webinar provides practical strategies and the following key takeaways: Learn positive interaction techniques within the context of Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, as it pertains to student growth and development. Gain student interaction techniques that allow you to provide redirection in a healthy and supportive manner.

Chelonnda Seroyer.

Summer Video Series: Kicking Off an Inspirational School Year – Part 1

Presented by:

  • Chelonnda Seroyer, International Teacher Award winner and president of Seroyer Educational Consulting Service.

This 15-minute webinar provides practical strategies and the following key takeaways: Explore research-based information that supports the need for effective classroom management techniques.Get free resources and learn varied techniques to customize plans for specific classroom management needs.

Mandy Manning.

Combating Trauma Through Student Connections

Presented by:

  • Mandy Manning, 2018 National Teacher of the Year and English Language Development Teacher, Newcomer Center at Joel E. Ferris High School

During this insightful webinar, 2018 National Teacher of the Year Mandy Manning will share her teaching experience working with students who experienced trauma and extreme hardships. Despite the challenges, Ms. Manning created powerful learning environments with inspirational teaching and strong student connections.

Dorina Sackman-Ebuwa.

EI Over IQ: Emotional Intelligence and The Resilient Teacher Webinar

Presented by:

  • Dorina Sackman-Ebuwa, Florida Teacher of the Year, National Teacher of the Year Finalist, Boss of B.E.L.I.E.V.E.!®, but a teacher first!

This webinar will share how understanding your own emotional intelligence can increase teacher resiliency and strengthen student connections. Ms. Sackman-Ebuwa will provide practical strategies that can be immediately implemented, so you can make a positive impact in your classroom right away!

Alex Kajitani.

Owning It – Proven Strategies to Ace and Embrace Inspirational Teaching

Presented by:

  • Alex Kajitani 2009 California Teacher of the Year

During this insightful webinar, You will learn how to connect with students so they feel valued and safe and effectively manage the classroom so you stress less and teach more while you Incorporate creative, engaging teaching strategies into your daily lessons.

Veronica Calvo.

Expanding the Vision for Inspirational Teaching

Presented by:

  • Veronica Calvo, Strategic Accounts Advisor for Inspire Teaching & Learning

Inspire’s Strategic Accounts Advisor Veronica Calvo shares ideas about how Inspire supports inspirational teaching with no-cost, research-based programs.

Angela Karem.

Building Student Voice Through SEL

Presented by:

  • Angela Karem, M.A. Ed., transitional kindergarten teacher at Thurgood Marshall

In this webinar, Karem will share relevant ideas to use in your classroom or site in order to optimize the student voices within your educational community.

Richie Ressel, Director, Harmony SEL

State of the Organization Address

Presented by:

  • Richie Ressel, Director, Harmony SEL

During this webinar, you will learn important information about Harmony SEL’s growth, receive updates about our organization and highlight accomplishments, become familiar with exciting future initiatives, partnerships, and goals for Harmony, and review how Harmony is developing new tools, assessments, and resources for our users.