Fall River, MA: Professional summit held to train teachers about social-emotional learning

Nov 13, 2017, Fall River (MA) News Herald: Regional summit focuses on social-emotional learning Only a few weeks after the Southcoast Education Summit: Social-Emotional Learning, teachers are already putting new insights and skills into practice and the feedback has been positive from parents, teachers and students, said Rob Mellion, president and CEO of the Bristol County Chamber of Commerce. The summit, a day of professional training for teachers to focus on the topic of social-emotional learning, was held at the Somerset Berkley Regional High School on Oct. 28. More than 220 educators from around the region spent the day in an assortment of 40 workshops. They also garnered a new perspective on social-emotional learning from guest speakers including Bristol County District Attorney Thomas Quinn and keynote presenter Jessica Minahan, a behavior analyst, special educator, consultant and author of the “Behavior Code” books. … And teachers responded to Minahan, whose experience includes working with students who struggle with mental health and behavioral issues and training staff and creating behavior intervention plans for students who demonstrate explosive behavior, according to her bio. While teachers earned professional development credits for attending the summit, their enthusiasm throughout the day and later in their own classrooms is proof teachers crave high quality professional development, said Malone. “I think this is just the start of more to come.”