The Social-Emotional Learning Community of Practice


SEL Knowledge and Skills: Teaching and Developing SEL competencies in Children, Adolescents and Youth Across Age and Developmental Stage


Please join the SEL Community of Practice on December 13, 2017 at 11:00am EST to explore student SEL competencies across age and developmental stage with a focus on program interventions in early childhood development (ECD), primary and secondary in-school and out-of-school settings focused on improved learning and well-being.


Dr. Nancy Guerra (UCI) will provide a framework and overview for understanding which SEL competencies should be taught and developed across age and stage. Rania Maayeh (WV-JWG) will focus on early childhood years and hightlight a program developed in West Bank/Gaza for teachers and students. Simon Bailey (Aflatoun) will discuss the primary years and highlight programs Aflatoun and its partners are implementing and measuring. And Dr. Meridith Gould (Ind.Con.)will discuss the importance of adolescents and youth developing SEL competencies for positive life outcomes while highlighting program interventions for girls and adolescents globally.


Webinar Details:

SEL Knowledge and Skills: Teaching and Developing SEL competencies in Children, Adolescents and Youth Across Age and Developmental Stage

Wednesday, December 13

11:00 am Eastern Daylight Time (New York, GMT-04:00)  | 1 hr 30 mins



Nancy Guerra, Ph.D., University of California-Irvine

Nancy Guerra is the dean of the School of Social Ecology at University of California, Irvine and internationally known expert on youth development and violence prevention. She has spent decades in violence prevention research, leading numerous large scale projects. She was recently co-chair and administrative director of Know Violence in Childhood, a global initiative to prevent violence in childhood sponsored by the Public Health Foundation of India. She also serves as a consultant for international agencies including The World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank and USAID.


Rania Maayeh , World Vision-JWG

Rania Maayeh is the Education Lead in the WV-JWG office in Jerusamle. She is from Jerusalem and has a Master’s degree in TESOL. She leads the early childhood, primary and secondary programs focusing on literacy, teacher trianing, SEL and life skills worked as an instructor at the English language department at Al-Quds University and a PCELT trainer (a professional certified language teaching) with Amid East. In addition to her experience in the teaching field, she has acquired ample in education management as a head of school and program manager.


Simon Bailey, Aflatoun International

Simon Bailey is the Director of Partnership and Innovations at AflatouInternational focused on evidence based social and educational interventions. He has worked on financial inclusion for low-income adults in Canada, on micro insurance in Bangladesh, and on building life skills for young people and adults globally at Aflatoun. He has focused on ways that educational and policy ecosystems can be aligned to empower young people. At Aflatoun, his responsibilities include the development of new programs and curriculum, evaluation and research, and partnerships with international organizations.


Meridith Gould, Ph.D., Independent Consultant

Meridith Gould is a Senior Advisor on SEL, girl’s education, life skills education and violence prevention both domestically and globally. Her academic training is in conflict analysis and resolution with a focus on vulnerable children. Her work has a strong focus on program design, curriculum development, training and monitoring and evaluation. She has worked with numerous NGO’s and ministries (UNICEF, IRC, FHI-360, World Vision, Aflatoun, RTI and Room to Read) helping them develop comprehensive self-informed programs.  She currently serves as Technical and Evaluation Advisor for World Bank’s Gender and Social Protection Global Practices and with NORC on a USAID Girls Education and SRGBV project in Tanzania.


About the SEL Community of Practice:

In response to the rise of SEL in development and humanitarian work, as well as the relative lack of evidence and historical best practices, key agencies have convened to form a Social-Emotional Learning informal community of practice (SELCoP) to address specific approaches and measurement frameworks related to SEL in vulnerable and crisis-affected contexts. The SELCoP intends to:

  • Leverage considerable expertise and experience on SEL within partner agencies;
  • Build broad based ownership and credibility for SEL approaches and measurement frameworks for humanitarian and development contexts;
  • Open a dialogue space for more harmonized approaches to SEL and SEL measurement.


Part of the SELCoP’s work is to disseminate information about the SEL field to a broader audience. Given that, we will be hosting a series of webinars in the upcoming year, with the second occurring on December 13, 2017 at 11am EST.


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