Moving SEL Policy into Practice with Nick Yoder

Social emotional development is foundational to learning, and educational policy plays a critical role in shaping how SEL happens in schools. But how does educational policy inform SEL at the state, district, and school level? Host Sara LaHayne speaks with Nick Yoder, the former Director of Policy and Practice at the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) and the Director of Strategic Initiatives at Harmony about systemic SEL and the relationship between policy and practice. 

Creative Exercise: Sound Expression

Identify how you are currently feeling. If your feeling was a sound – what would it be? If your feeling was a word or a phrase – what would it be? Share sound and mirror back to one another. Finally, share your word or phrase. 

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About Nick Yoder

Nick Yoder, PhD, is the Director of Strategic Initiatives at Harmony, an evidence-based social and emotional learning program (SEL). He oversees the development of a system of support for effective SEL implementation in schools and afterschool programs. Dr. Yoder leads the research agenda at Harmony, collaborating with districts, schools, and other research organizations to identify effectiveness of the program and ways in which data can be used for continuous improvement. He also partners with other leading SEL organizations focused on promoting a federal, state, and district SEL policy agenda. Prior to Harmony, Dr. Yoder was the Director of Policy and Practice at the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL), a senior technical assistant consultant at the American Institutes for Research, a pre-service instructor and field coach at the University of Michigan, and first grade teacher in Chicago Public Schools. 

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