Dr. Maurice J. Elias, director of Rutgers University’s Social-Emotional and Character Development Lab, will offer a free webinar on social emotional learning in schools, called “Students Taking Action Together – The Civility Project” on Jan. 9, 2019 from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.

The webinar is being offered in collaboration with the New Jersey Principals and Supervisors Association (NJSPA). Those who are unable to attend the webinar, if they register, may access the recording afterwards to review at their leisure.

Registration information is available here.

According to Elias, benefits of the Students Taking Action Together (STAT) program include:

  • Materials that fit into every social studies/history/civics class, as well as issues relevant to current events or the school context (e.g., bullying, opioids, gangs, immigration, free speech).
  • Building students’ social-emotional learning skills in emotion regulation, empathy, perspective, problem solving, and communication.
  • Creating dialogue among diverse students and a sense of empowerment, civility, and civic engagement, starting with the classroom and moving outward to the school and community.
  • Teaching students skills for the tests of life and improves school climate, as well as providing strategies for addressing problem behaviors.
  • Adding valuable content for social studies/history teachers, student support professionals, those involved with student discipline and social action clubs.
  • Can be used for grades five and up, special education, and general population students.