Meeting Archive:
Transforming School Communities through WSCC: Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) and the Role of Health Educators in Schools

Meeting Description:
State education and health departments, districts and school personnel, families, and community leaders are becoming more familiar with social and emotional learning (SEL) and seeking helpful resources to use with students to promote skill-building. Learn how implementing the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) model supports the five SEL core competencies (self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision-making) across a school. Examples of how SEL competencies overlap across the WSCC model will be shared for health educators to understand the goals of the WSCC model, and how SEL activities can be practiced. 
Participants will also review examples of how preservice teacher education touches on the WSCC model and why this is beneficial for schools. Health educators can learn to integrate WSCC and SEL activities not only in classrooms but also in other school spaces and in the larger school/district wellness policy. 
The presentation will include a brief overview of the professional background of Ms. Alperin, who has been involved in academics and advisory groups to develop key resources for implementing WSCC and beyond.
Participants will be able to:
• Define social and emotional learning (SEL) and core competencies 
• Describe ways to implement the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) model using SEL core competencies and skills
• Discuss how teacher education programs can prepare health educators to integrate SEL through the WSCC model
Date: Wed, Oct 23, 2019
Time: 01:30 PM EDT
Duration: 1 hour
Host(s): SOPHE Education
 Presenter Information
Holly Alperin, M.Ed, MCHES
Speaker Photo

Holly Alperin is a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of New Hampshire in the Department of Kinesiology's Health and Physical Education program where she focuses her efforts on preparing students to teach in a skills-based health education classroom. Prior to this role, she spent 16 years at the MA Department of Elementary & Secondary Education in various roles related to school health including implementation of the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child model. With over 20 years of experience working in the fields of public health and education, Ms. Alperin has a strong background in promoting school health programs through her work at the local, state, national, and international levels, and a specific interest in shaping the quality of skills-based health education programs in schools. Holly believes in the power of supporting the work of educators as they collectively work to improve student outcomes.