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A Culturally Responsive Approach to Social and Emotional Learning

Social-Emotional Learning Series

Thursday, March 4 | 3:00 p.m. (EST)

David Adams spent almost seven years as the Director of Social and Emotional Learning at Urban Assembly, where he and his team works with a network of 22 urban schools in New York to ensure that all staff and students receive relevant experiences and purposeful instruction to develop the social emotional competencies that impact students’ success in school, work, and life.

David’s wide-reaching (and international) experience gives him a unique perspective with how and why implementing social and emotional learning for all students is important for the future success of each individual student.

In this insightful and applicable presentation, attendees will learn the importance of implementing Culturally Responsive SEL that creates relevance through engagement, impacting students and staff beyond the classroom. Our respected presenter will share examples of how to directly develop and practice these skills during instruction in class, after school, in sports and into the community, and why all students should be given access to SEL skills without having to learn them through adversity or challenge.

As our presenter describes SEL for educators looks like, attendees will learn:

  • How Urban Assembly’s approach to social and emotional learning relies on innovation and helps struggling students become more successful
  • What Culturally Responsive SEL is, and the specific strategies used by Urban Assembly that boost student engagement and academic performance
  • The importance of equity and SEL, and ways you can give every student the opportunity to learn these skills
David Adams


David Adams

David Adams is the Senior Director of Strategy at The Urban Assembly. He previously served as the Director of Social-Emotional Learning at the Urban Assembly, and prior to that was the Social-Emotional Learning Coordinator for District 75 where he shaped the District's approach to social-emotional learning for students with severe cognitive and behavioral challenges. He has worked internationally in schools in England, standing up and evaluating programs of positive behavioral supports and Social-Emotional Learning as a research intern at Yale University’s Health, Emotion and Behavior Lab, and published multiple academic papers around the relationship of social-emotional competence, and student academic and behavioral outcomes. David is also co-author of The Educator's Practical Guide to Emotional Intelligence, which was published in 2020. He is married with two children, serves on the Board of Directors of CASEL and is an Engineering Officer in the Army Reserve. David holds an M.Ed in Educational Psychology from Fordham University.

Connect with David
Twitter: @DAdams_SEL
Email: dadams@urbanassembly.org
Website: www.urbanassembly.org


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