The Power of Persistence: Making Long-Term SEL Implementation Work with Dorothy Espelage, PhD

Show Notes

In this episode of the Grow Kinder® podcast, our host Dr. Tia Kim chats with the illustrious Dr. Dorothy L. Espelage, a distinguished professor from the University of North Carolina (UNC) and a cherished partner of Committee for Children, who brings a wealth of knowledge on social-emotional learning (SEL) and its crucial intersection with bullying prevention.

Having dedicated over 22 years to research, much of which has been in bullying prevention, Dorothy sheds light on the significant role of SEL in fostering a positive school environment. Throughout their conversation, Tia and Dorothy touch on the deep relationship between bullying prevention and SEL, the hurdles educators frequently encounter when introducing SEL programs, and the actionable strategies they can employ for smoother implementation.

This episode is not just an exploration of the significance of SEL; it’s a roadmap that offers a solutions-centric approach. It’s a must-listen for decision-makers and educators aiming to harness SEL for an enriching academic experience.

For those eager to dive deeper into Dorothy’s pioneering initiatives and research, take a moment to explore the Espelage Lab by clicking here.

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