SEL And School Reopening In NYC, A Student-Centered Approach Virtual Panel

July 30, 2020

On August 5, 2020, educational leaders in NYC — including Council Member Mark Treyger and NYC Department of Education Director of Policy Elizabeth Stranzl

— will participate in a virtual panel discussion on why social-emotional learning is critical to reopening schools.

Why? Because fresh in the minds of most students this fall won’t be Shakespeare or geometry; for many, it will be the cousin they lost to coronavirus, the anxieties of being the child of an essential worker, or the ongoing racial inequities they experience in their communities. Add to this the myriad challenges associated with blended and remote learning, and there is a great risk that many NYC public school students fall through the cracks.


There will be an urgent need for asset-based practices and structures that ensure students are engaged in their learning and feel part of a strong and supportive school community.

To help provide guidance, NYC Outward Bound Schools and The Urban Assembly are partnering to host “SEL and School Reopening in NYC: A Student-Centered Approach,” a free, virtual panel discussion on Wednesday, August 5 from 3-4 p.m. EST for education policy and decision-makers, funders, school leaders, educators and parents.

The panel will cover the Reasons why weaving SEL into each school’s reopening plans is critical, the Evidence-based SEL pillars that can be incorporated into every school plan, and the Concrete school-based practices and structures that help create a sense of belonging, tap into students’ strengths and foster student engagement.


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Panelists will include

  • Hon. Mark Treyger, New York City Council Member and Chair of the Committee on Education (Available for interviews upon request)
  • Veronica Coleman, Principal of Kurt Hahn, a NYC Outward Bound School in East Flatbush
  • Robert Jagers, Vice President of Research, CASEL
  • Chi Kim, CEO, Pure Edge
  • Dismary Santos, Senior, The Urban Assembly School for the Performing Arts in West Harlem
  • Elizabeth Stranzl, Director of Policy, New York City Department of Education

The panel will be moderated by David Adams, Senior Director of Strategy at The Urban Assembly, with introductions by Richard Stopol, President and CEO of NYC Outward Bound Schools.

NYC Outward Bound Schools has been transforming New York City’s public schools and changing students’ lives for more than 30 years. NYC Outward Bound works with more than 70 NYC public schools each year, including a growing network of schools across the City, which teach the central lesson of Outward Bound: That all of us are capable of more than we think possible. At the heart of the organization’s work is a whole-child approach to education that takes into account both students’ academic and social-emotional needs and sees them as inextricably intertwined.

By joining together demanding and engaging learning, community, and character, NYC Outward Bound Schools is reimagining what school can be and is closing the opportunity gap. 66% of students in its network schools live at or below the poverty line, and yet 90% of its students graduate on time compared to 77% Citywide.

Panel Registration Link

With a mission of advancing students’ social and economic mobility by improving education, the Urban Assembly (UA) supports a network of 23 small, high-performing career-themed NYC schools. The UA provides school support in key areas to advance student growth: Academics (math and literacy), Leadership, College Access, Career Readiness, and Social-Emotional Development – as well as Postsecondary Success support in college and career for UA alumni.

UA engages hundreds of public, private and non-profit sector partners to increase educational opportunities and close the opportunity gap.

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