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A Culturally Responsive Approach to Social and Emotional Learning

Social-Emotional Learning Series

David Adams spent almost seven years as director of social and emotional learning at The Urban Assembly, where he and his team currently work with a network of 22 urban schools in New York to ensure staff and students receive purposeful instruction to develop the social emotional competencies impacting success in school, work, and life.

Adams' wide-reaching (and international) experience gives him a unique perspective about how and why implementing social and emotional learning for all students is important for future success.

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. Adams will share examples of how to directly develop and practice these skills during instruction in class, after school, in sports and into the community. He also will discuss 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 The 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 The Urban Assembly that boost student engagement and academic performance
  • The importance of equity and SEL, and ways to provide 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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