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BCIU Leadership Series

The BCIU’s Leadership Series is three days of learning designed for teams of district-level curriculum leaders, school-based administrators, and teacher leaders.

2021/2022 Leadership Series

Restoring Relationships to the Center of Education: Social-Emotional Learning and Character Development in Our Schools

“Being in a crisis makes it all the more necessary that we think critically. And that means remembering that learning is relationship-centered and driver powerfully by emotion. It means that we will promote optional learning if we keep students’ social and emotional development, their SEL competencies, strongly in mind.”

Registration Fees

Individual (Member) $350/person | Individual (Non-Member) $425/person
Teams of 3 or more (Members) $300/person | Teams of 3 or more (Non-Members) $375/person
Act 45 attendees: Please add a surcharge of $50 per person.
Your full-day registration fee includes: Morning beverages | Lunch | Refreshments

Registration Deadline is October 22, 2021

Event Details

  • DatesNovember 10, 2021 | December 15, 2021| January 13, 2022 *
  • Time8:30 A.M. - 3:30 P.M.
  • SpeakerDr. Maurice J. Elias
  • LocationKutztown University | McFarland Student Union Building
  • Snow Date*Thursday, February 24, 2022

About the Speaker

Dr. Maurice J. Elias is a professor in the psychology department at Rutgers University and the director of Rutgers Social-Emotional and Character Development Lab (www.secdlab.org). He has received the Sanford McDonnell Award for Lifetime Achievement in Character Education and the Joseph E. Zins Memorial Senior Scholar Award for Social-Emotional Learning from the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL).

His books include Emotionally Intelligent Parenting, The Educator’s Guide to Emotional Intelligence and Academic Achievement: Social-Emotional Learning in the Classroom, Talking Treasure: Stories to Help Build Emotional Intelligence and Resilience in Young Children (www.researchpress.com), Schools of Social-Emotional Competence and Character (www.nprinc.com), The Other Side of the Report Card: Assessing Students’ Social, Emotional, and Character Development (how schools and districts can integrate SECD systematically into their ongoing student report cards–Corwin), Urban Dreams: Stories of Hope, Character, and Resilience, The Joys & Oys of Parenting (Behrman House), Nurturing Students’ Character: Everyday Teaching Activities for Social-Emotional Learning (2020, Routledge), and Boost Emotional Intelligence in Students: 30 Flexible Research-Based Lessons to Build EQ Skills (2018, Free Spirit).

Dr. Elias authors a blog on Social-Emotional and Character Development for the George Lucas Educational Foundation at www.edutopia.org and is co-director of the Academy for Social-Emotional Learning in Schools (SELinSchools.org), which offers certificate programs in direct instruction and school leadership relating to SEL and character development.

Maurice J. Elias Headshot
Dr. Maurice J. Elias

Target Audience

This series is designed for teams of district-level curriculum leaders, school-based administrators, and teacher leaders.

Education Leaders Will:

  • Recognize the potential of SEL and SECD to address needs of students and adults impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Harness the power of effective leadership teams to extend the vision of personalized student success.
  • Capitalize upon school culture and climate to reduce detrimental behaviors.
  • Examine current Tier 2 services against SEL research.
  • Develop a sustainable implementation plan to bring SECD to a school or district.

Teachers Will:

  • Acknowledge the key pedagogical elements necessary for SECD to be internalized and generalized.
  • Integrate SECD with academics.
  • Recognize the relationship of class climate and destructive behaviors.
  • Employ best practices in youth engagement.
  • Provide a teacher’s lens to SECD implementation planning.

Act 45 and Act 48 Hours

Act 45: Application has been made to the Pennsylvania Department of Education to provide Act 45 credit hours. If approval is received, this workshop will be offered for 38 Continuing Professional Education for School & System Leaders Act 45 hours. Administrators participating in this program for Act 45 hours are required to attend all three sessions and complete twenty hours of job-embedded assignments and a culminating project.

Act 48: Individuals attending these workshops must arrive on time and stay for the entire workshop in order to receive 6 (six) Act 48 Professional Education hours per session.

Contact Information

Dr. Christina Foehl

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