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Advancing SEL in Policy and Practice

June 27 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am


Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) is one of the most important subjects in global education discourse today. SEL helps young people acquire the skills to thrive economically and enables communities to adjust to complex change. SEL skills also help refugee and migrant children adapt to their new environments.

This webcast, hosted by ECCN and the Salzburg Global Seminar, discusses two large-scale SEL programs in India and Mexico and the ways they adapted global SEL insights to their specific circumstances. Attendees will learn about a new SEL taxonomy initiative that will aid the customization of future SEL programs and hear from USAID about how SEL is instrumental to the USAID Education Policy and advancing the journey to self-reliance.


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Webcast Presenters

Dominic Regester, Program Director, Salzburg Global Seminar (Austria)

Regester is responsible for designing, developing, and implementing programs on education, sustainability and innovation at the Salzburg Global Seminar.

He previously worked for the British Council for 14 years, on school partnership programs and programs promoting education co-operation between the UK and China, Russia, and Japan. While posted to Bangladesh, he led the British Council’s school sector programs in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka. He was then posted to Jakarta as the Deputy Director for Education across East Asia. Returning to London, he become a Senior Schools Adviser, responsible for global program development, partnerships, and research with a focus on 21st century skills.

Regester earned an M.A. in Chinese Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies in London and an M.A. in Education and International Development from University College London Institute of Education. He is also a member of the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s Commission on Education and Communication.

Dominic Regester

Shailendra Sharma, Principal Advisor to the Director of Education, Delhi Government (India)

Sharma works closely with the Government of Delhi in conceptualizing and implementing several reforms aimed at enhancing the learning of students in the Government schools of Delhi. He is also a member of the Delhi State Advisory Council formed under the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act of 2009.

Sharma joined Pratham in 2002 to help facilitate access and learning among children in underprivileged areas of Delhi and has been involved in its spread across 23 Indian states. He was also actively associated with the launch of India’s Annual Status of Education Report (ASER).

Sharma holds an M.S.W. from Tata Institute of Social Sciences, in Mumbai, and studied law at Delhi University.

Shailendra Sharma

Daniela Labra, general director, AtentaMente (México)

Labra’s main field of expertise is the intersection between contemplative science and SEL. She is the general director of the non-profit AtentaMente and has designed educational programs and curricula on SEL that have been implemented nationally by México’s Ministry of Education. She has also developed and implemented SEL programs in private and public institutions such as the Ministry of education of Campeche, Fundación Banorte, Ministry of Finance and various private schools.

Labra is an international speaker and co-author of the SEL books Educating and Living in Balance (general public/workplace) and Educating from wellbeing (teachers).

Labra holds a BA in Biology from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) and a translator specialty from the Ranjung Yeshe Insitute, University of Kathmandu.

Daniela Labra

Stephanie Jones, Professor of Education, Harvard University (United States)

Jones is a professor of education at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education. Her research, anchored in prevention science, focuses on the effects of poverty and exposure to violence on children and youth’s social, emotional, and behavioral development.

Over the last ten years, Jones has studied the impact of preschool and elementary focused social-emotional learning interventions on behavioral and academic outcomes and classroom practices. Her work focuses on both evaluation research and new curriculum development, implementation, and testing.

She is a recipient of the Grawemeyer Award in Education for her work with Zigler and Walter Gilliam on A Vision for Universal Preschool Education (Cambridge University Press) and a recipient of the Joseph E. Zins Early-Career Distinguished Contribution Award for Action Research in Social and Emotional Learning.

Jones holds a B.A. in Psychology from Columbia University and an M.S. in Development Psychology from Yale University, from which she also obtained her Ph.D. in Development Psychology in 2002.

Stephanie Jones

Nina Weisenhorn, Senior Advisor in Education in Crisis and Conflict, USAID Office of Education (United States)

Weisenhorn previously worked for the International Rescue Committee in various capacities, including the Emergency Response Team Senior Education Coordinator, Education Technical Advisor, and Education Coordinator. She led the expansion of IRC’s education programs in the DRC from 2009 to 2014.

Weisenhorn received her M.A. in International Educational Development from the Teachers College at Columbia University.

Nina Weisenhorn

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