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Iowa BEST: Behavioral, Equitable, Social-Emotional, Trauma-Informed Health in Schools Summit
The Iowa BEST Summit is designed to highlight educators’ collective need to bolster support and care across the educational system, and to build shared capacity to get there. The sessions will deliver resources and practical solutions around social-emotional-behavioral health. #IowaBEST2021

The summit is co-sponsored by the Iowa Department of Education and the University of Iowa College of Education.

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Tuesday, November 2 • 10:30am - 11:45am
Finding the “Fuel” for Learning and Emotional Well-Being: Why We Need to Measure Social-Emotional Engagement in our Learning Environments (Part 1)

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As our communities and schools grapple with the mitigation of learning loss due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the importance of learner engagement has become a critical topic of discussion. Findings of research in social neuroscience of social emotional engagement foster our ability to create supportive learning environments where social emotional engagement is a “fuel” for a child’s learning and emotional well-being.  While standards-based instruction is our focus in the classroom, our learners are more likely to access the curriculum when they are “invested,” “independent” and “initiating” with their peers and teachers.  When school communities gain knowledge of how to measure and enhance student engagement within classroom lessons, we create a positive school climate that is focused on the success of every student. The Social Emotional Engagement – Knowledge and Skills (SEE-KS) is a professional learning framework and approach that will be shared so that we can follow a Universal Design for Learning (UDL) framework when enhancing our instruction.   Participants will learn about the Social Engagement Ladder, a freely accessible tool for measuring learning engagement and identifying opportunities for enhancing engagement. 

Participants will:
  1. Define three critical elements of active engagement that are predictive of our learner’s academic achievement and emotional well-being, 
  2. Identify a rubric for measuring learner engagement in standards-based instruction and natural activities.


Speakers
avatar for Jen Townsend

Jen Townsend

Owner, Universal Access Consulting, LLC
Jen Townsend, M.Ed. is an educational consultant with expertise in social emotional learning differences, including autism spectrum disorders. She is also the owner of Universal Access Consulting, LLC, a company that specializes in professional development and collaborative consultation... Read More →
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Emily Rubin

Director, Communication Crossroads, Inc.
Emily Rubin, MS, CCC-SLP is the Director of Communication Crossroads, Inc. in Atlanta, GA. She is a speech-language pathologist specializing in social emotional development and the importance of creating the conditions for learner engagement so that all learners can thrive. Rubin... Read More →



Tuesday November 2, 2021 10:30am - 11:45am CDT
Hy-Vee Hall Room 108