Using Social-Emotional Learning to Jumpstart Institutional Equity Work From the Inside-Out

Led and Facilitated by Carla Pugliese
Hilton Garden Inn Boston/Waltham


  • Arrive, Register & Network: 1:30 - 2:00 p.m.
  • Program: 2:00 - 4:30 p.m.
  • Cocktail Hour: 4:30 - 5:30 p.m.

Too often, misaligned assumptions or a lack of buy-in within a school community can derail equity and inclusion work. In this session, we’ll share how one school harnessed the tools of social-emotional learning to circumvent these obstacles and realigned their diversity and inclusion mission to mirror student experience and community need. We’ll then brainstorm together how participants might do the same in their own communities.

Essential Questions

  • How comfortable is your community discussing issues of bias, discrimination, and privilege? How do you collectively practice engaging with uncomfortable issues?
  • Where, in your community, might intrapersonal issues such as anxiety, insecurity, or fear be leading to microaggressions, discrimination, racist/homophobic/misogynistic words or actions, or other interpersonal tensions?
  • How might your community tap into the power and emotional awareness of vulnerability while ensuring that all of your students (as well as teachers and parents) feel physically and emotionally safe at school?