The purpose of the Colorado SEL Forum is to advance the understanding of social emotional learning among Colorado practitioners and initiate forward movement on developing a collaborative of partners throughout the Front Range community to promote best practices in SEL that result in “whole child” positive outcomes for students.The event is free, but seating is limited and registration is required
Tentative Event Schedule
Thursday June 8, 2017
Times & speakers are subject to change.
7:30 - 8:20 am: Breakfast and SEL Showcase
8:30 am: Forum Begins
Welcome and Forum Overview
Sona Dimidjian, Emcee
8:30 - 8:45 am: Welcome
8:45 - 9 am: Opening Remarks
Governor John Hickenlooper
9:00 - 9:45 am: KEYNOTE SPEAKER
Tim Shriver PhD
10 - 11 am: Youth Panel
Moderator, Kori Sanchez-Smith
11:00 - 11:45 am: Social Emotional Academic Development Commission Panel
Panel will include: Tim Shriver PhD, Antwan Wilson, Dr. Roger Weissberg, Jorge Benitez, Leticia Guzman Ingram, and Rob Hansen.
11:45 am- 1 pm: Lunch
1 - 2 pm: KEYNOTE SPEAKER
1:30 - 2:45 pm: CONCURRENT BREAKOUT SESSIONS
Participants can choose one of the following sessions to attend.
How to Create Change at the Local Level—Leveraging Tools that Work
A presentation & discussion about the practical application of various SEL tools to help improve communities.
Moderated by Tim Shriver PhD and Jorge Benitez
SEL in Colorado: What's Happening and How to Get Involved
An update on what’s been happening in Colorado and opportunities to get involved locally.
Moderated by Rona Wilensky and Beverly Kingston
Science of SEL: SEL Science and Research
A discussion of the many scientifically proven benefits of SEL.
Moderated by Shirley Brandman, Dr. Roger Weissberg
Mindfulness, Well-Being, and Parenting
A presentation and experiential session with tools for inviting mindfulness and kindness into parenting and family life to promote your own and your kids’ mental health and well-being.
Moderated by Sona Dimidjian PhD and Matt Vogl MPH
Tools of Equity
A presentation and discussion about various tools that can be utilized to achieve greater equity and opportunities for all.
Moderated by Ben Kirshner, Michelle Shedro
Practical Application of SEL through the lens of “Kindness in the Classroom”
A presentation & discussion about the practical application of SEL via 'Kindness in the Classroom' lesson plans designed by the Random Acts of Kindness Foundation.
Moderated by Dr. Kim Schonert-Reichl, Paula Horwitz & Natacha Wilson
3:00 - 3:30 pm: Closing Remarks