Recorded on October 05, 2021
This recorded session is the first in our Leading Voices online conversation series, highlighting scholarly and practitioner perspectives on pressing education issues. This session was designed to support efforts to create the conditions necessary for equitable teaching and learning.
In this session, Dr. Christina Pate, Director of Safe and Supportive Learning Environments (SSLE) services at WestEd, and Jenny Betz, Senior Program Associate at WestEd, led a conversation with Regina (Gina) Garcia Timms, Program Manager for Safe and Supportive Learning Environments at the New Mexico Public Education Department (NMPED), and Dr. Rose Prejean-Harris, Director of Social and Emotional Learning in Atlanta Public Schools (APS).
Drawing from WestEd’s recent work with NMPED and APS, our panelists reviewed current research, discussed the essentials of SSLE, and described how they implement, scale, and sustain this work.
Discussion topics for this conversation include:
- Centering equity and cultural responsiveness in SSLE work
- Collaboration and co-creation
- Effective systems and structures
- Challenges in creating safe and supportive learning environments
- Opportunities that SSLE work can offer
Resource and Website List
The following resources and web pages are listed in the order they were shared in the chat. Follow along with the session recording for additional context.
- The ED School Climate Surveys (EDSCLS) School Climate Model and Measures
- Research on School Climate
- Atlanta Public Schools Strategic Plan
- Social Emotional Learning (SEL) in Atlanta Public Schools
- Atlanta Public Schools Center for Equity + Social Justice
- New Mexico Public Education Department Priority School Bureau and LAUNCH
- New Mexico SSLE Website
- Introduction to Improvement Science
Additional Resource from the Live Twitter Chat @WestEd
Questions? Contact ssle@WestEd.org.
Learn more about our Safe and Supportive Learning Environments services.