More than ABCs: Strategies for Supporting the Whole Learner

Perspectives Event Series

Wednesday, October 19, 2022
Guests: Sean Slade, Brandon Frame,
and Jen Perry

There is a persistent disconnect between the holistic set of skills and experiences that every student needs and the testing culture our current education system prioritizes. The science of learning and development tells us that learners of all ages need a variety of healthy, engaging learning experiences, experiences that are grounded in strong developmental relationships, safe environments, and that support the growth of a broad set of physical, social, cognitive, creative, and emotional skills.

In this event, we discuss:

  • ​ Evidence-based, high-quality whole-learner approaches supported by the science of learning and development
  • ​ Shifts in how we perceive the purpose and practice of education, and what constitutes quality learning
  • Ensuring that every student has access to experiences that challenge and nourish them as whole learners

Live attendees received an Attendance Certificate that may be used toward CEUs.

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Sean Slade
BTS Sparks, Head of Education

Sean Slade is a global education leader, speaker, author, and policymaker. He is Head of Education, North America at BTS Spark, a global education non-profit focused on developing the next generation of educational leaders. Prior to this role he served for over a decade as the Senior Director of Whole Child/Global Outreach at ASCD, focusing on promoting and expanding the ASCD Whole Child approach across the United States and globally. He led the development and launch of the Whole Child Network spanning 58 countries; the ASCD & CDC Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child Model (WSCC); and helped shift public dialogue about K12 education from an academic focus to a whole child approach that encompasses all factors required for successful student outcomes.

In addition, he is also a co-founding member for the UNESCO Chair on Global Health and Education; a member of the OECD's Future of Education 2030; a HundrED Global Ambassador; and an NBC Today Show social and emotional learning expert.

Brandon Frame
The Urban Assembly, Senior Director of Social Emotional Learning (New York)

Brandon Frame is a visionary leader, social innovator and educator. Brandon Frame is the Senior Director of Social Emotional Learning at The Urban Assembly (UA) where he leads a team of 20 to work with districts and schools around implementation, integration, evaluation and sustainability of social emotional learning. The UA is committed to ensuring the social and economic mobility of students by advancing capacity to enhance student achievement, well-being, and preparation for postsecondary opportunities in its 23 schools. In partnership with the NYC Department of Education and hundreds of public, private, and nonprofit partners, the UA currently serves over 9,000 students in small, subject-themed public middle and high schools.

He is also the Founder & Chief Visionary Officer of TheBlackManCan, Inc. an award-winning nonprofit that amplifies the stories of what Black Men and Boys can do, established a MENtor network of over 500 Black Men, and built a socially conscious online community that has over 900,000 followers and generates 7 million impressions weekly.

Jen Perry
Edmentum, Director of Whole Learner & SEL

Jen Perry joined Edmentum as the Learning Designer for Social Emotional Learning after 30+ years of work with youth in educational and community settings. As a teacher, administrator, and trainer, her passion has been to help educators develop an understanding of the importance of social emotional learning and build trauma-informed responses and systems. This work has included supporting youth, administrators, and schools in understanding behavior and implementing transformational change through strength-based approaches.

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