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Social Emotional Learning Lightning Talk

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Listen and learn : Multi-presentation

Saturday, December 5, 8:00–8:45 am PST (Pacific Standard Time)

Chelsea Donaldson  
Dr. Lindsay Hale  
Dr. Jessica Hoffmann  
Delaine Johnson  
Mike Lawrence  
Julie McGarry  
Tim Needles  
Dr. Amber Rowland  
Shraya Sharma  
Dr. Sean Smith  

These inspirational talks about innovation in education focus on knowledge, learning and evidence-based practices that work. Presenters will share stories, concepts and ideas on important issues that impact teaching and learning..

1. AlternaTech: STEAM for Alternative School Students, Lindsay Hale, Clark County Public Schools
2. Connecting Student Hearts and Minds, Delaine Johnson, Clovis Unified; Mike Lawrence, PowerSchool
3. Incorporating Social Emotional Learning Through Art and Technology, Tim Needles, Smithtown HS East
4. Research-Based Initiatives Targeting School Climate and SEL Skills in K-12, Chelsea Donaldson, Empatico; Jessica Hoffmann, Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence; Julie McGarry, Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence; Shraya Sharma, Empatico
5. You Wanna Play? Virtual Reality for Social Emotional Learning, Amber Rowland, University Of Kansas, ALTEC; Sean Smith, University of Kansas

Additional detail: Session recorded for video-on-demand
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Chelsea Donaldson, Empatico
Dr. Lindsay Hale, Clark County Public Schools

Lindsay is the former Site Technology Coordinator at Phoenix Academy where she also taught Social Studies for two years. She is currently a District Technology Resource Teacher for Clark County Schools in Winchester, Kentucky. Lindsay is pursuing her Educational Doctorate degree in Educational Technology Leadership at Morehead State University where she also earned a Master of Arts in Teaching and a Bachelor of Arts in History. Lindsay was also a member of MSU's National Champion All-Girl Cheerleading squad from 2003-2006, and continues to assist in the cheerleading world today.

Dr. Jessica Hoffmann, Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence
Delaine Johnson, Clovis Unified

Delaine Johnson teaches AP Computer Science Principles and serves as a technology integration TOSA at Clovis Unified School District. She holds a Master of Arts in Educational Technology. Delaine is a Google for Education Certified Innovator (#googleEI) and Certified Trainer (#googleET).

Mike Lawrence, California Student Media Festival

Mike Lawrence is an award-winning teacher, administrator and educational leader. He served as CEO of CUE (Computer-Using Educators), helping the nonprofit grow fivefold in 12 years, served two terms on the ISTE board, and also served as Director of the California Student Media Festival ( for a decade. He co-founded the Google Certified Teacher (now Innovator) program and supported the development of ISTE Certified Educator program. He is proud to support educators worldwide in his current role as Senior Director of Educator Engagement collaborating with Champions, Ambassadors, and User Groups at PowerSchool.

Julie McGarry, Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence
Tim Needles, Smithtown High School East

Tim Needles is an artist, educator & author of STEAM Power: Infusing Art Into Your STEM Curriculum. He teaches art/media at Smithtown School District, is a TEDx Talk speaker, & his work has been featured on NPR, in the New York Times, Columbus Museum of Art, Norman Rockwell Museum. He’s the recipient of ISTE’s Technology in Action Award & Creativity Award, NAEA’s AET Outstanding Teaching Award, & The Rauschenberg Power of Art Award. He’s a Nat Geo Certified Teacher, PBS Digital Innovator, an ISTE Arts & Technology & STEM PLN leader, NAEA ArtEdTech interest Group leader, & Adobe Creative Educator. He’s on social media at @timneedles.

Dr. Amber Rowland, University Of Kansas, ALTEC
Shraya Sharma, Empatico
Dr. Sean Smith, University of Kansas

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