Connecting Social Emotional Learning and School Health Education & Promotion

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The session will provide an overview of Social Emotional Learning and its connection to the National Health Education Standards, as well as specific examples of how SEL has been integrated into school-based health education, programs, and intervention. 

Learning Objectives:

1. Discuss three strategies for implementing state health education standards at the state, local, and training program levels.

2. Describe five ways children demonstrate social and emotional learning skills.

3. Identify four strategies for integrating social and emotional learning with existing curricula.

Trinita Ervin


Ladybug for Girls

Trinita Ervin-Patton brings a unique combination of sharp business expertise and, as a certified health coach, medical knowledge to her role as founder of MEDS Coaching, a leading health coaching service that is exclusively for medical doctors and advanced practice providers.

Bonnie J. Edmondson, EdD

Associate Professor

Southern Connecticut State University

Dr. Bonnie Edmondson is an Associate Professor and Graduate Coordinator of the School Health Education Program at Southern Connecticut State University. She has over 35 years of experience as an educator, coach, and former professional athlete. Nationally, Dr. Edmondson has served on expert panels for the CDC and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is a peer reviewer for numerous professional publications and journals, and is a nationally renowned speaker on health and education policy and athletic coaching. At the state level, Bonnie lead the writing and implementation of numerous school health policies and programmatic guidance documents. In addition, she is a two-time national champion and former world ranked hammer thrower. She is active with USA Track and Field having served as head coach for the 2019 IAAF World Championship team, coach for the 2016 United States Olympic Team, and seven IAAF World Championship teams. Bonnie also serves as Chair of the prestigious USATF Women’s Commission and is a member of the Women’s Track and Field Executive Committee. Dr. Edmondson holds an EdD in Educational Leadership, an MS in School Health Education, and a BA in English.

Angela Bailey

Assistant Professor

Bridgewater State University

Angela Bailey is an assistant professor in the Movement Arts, Health Promotion and Leisure Studies Department at Bridgewater State University (BSU). Her research focuses on the development, implementation, and evaluation of community-based behavioral interventions in health disparate areas. She grew up in rural West Virginia and her dissertation focused on the implementation of a behavioral intervention designed to reduce sugary beverage intake in rural Appalachian counties. Currently, she is interested in using service-learning as a strategy to increase student engagement and provide benefits to vulnerable populations. Her most recent work is focused on providing BSU students with experiential opportunities to promote healthy behaviors to teachers, parents, and students within an urban trauma-informed elementary school.

Sarah Tantillo

Data Coordinator

Massachusetts Department of Public Health

Sarah Tantillo received her BS in Public Health from Bridgewater State University in 2019 and is currently pursuing an MPH in Public Health Practice from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She currently works as a data analyst in the Bureau of Substance Addiction Services with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. In addition, Sarah is also the project manager for a research grant focusing on physician wellness at the Brigham and Women?s Hospital in Boston. Her research and scholarship interests include substance abuse, public policy, advocacy for at risk-populations and decreasing health disparities and inequities. She enjoys spending time with her two dogs, cooking, reading, and listening to podcasts.

Bree Bode, MPH, CHES®

Graduate Research Assistant, PhD Candidate

Wayne State University

Current APHA Food and Nutrition Section Fellow, former 21st Century Scholar, and PhD Candidate Bree Bode is a skilled qualitative researcher who takes an interest in learning about community-based solutions to the food insecurity-obesity paradox. With practical experience in community-health, Bree's research trajectory expands over nutrition-related behavior, food environment policy, wellness, life course development, the social determinants of health and health equity. Bree brings her lived experience with federally funded nutrition programs, her MPH, and her CHES certification to her endeavors in the classroom and coalition work. She is passionate social justice, evaluation, and theory within the public health realm.

Katie Gallagher

Director of Education

Candor Health Education

Katie joined the Candor Health Education team, after working for over twenty years as a teacher and administrator at the elementary and middle school levels. She has a rich background in child development, curriculum development and social emotional learning. As a building principal, Katie worked to improve the social emotional learning of the students in her building by leading a group of dedicated faculty members in developing an SEL mission and vision for the school. As Director of Education at Candor Health Education, Katie leads a team of dedicated health educators in hosting innovative, interactive and science-based drug and sex education for students ages 9-15. All Candor Health Ed programs utilize a blended learning model and infuse social emotional learning skills. Katie holds a Bachelor?s degree in Elementary Education from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a Master?s degree in Instructional Leadership from Loyola University Chicago.


I4. Connecting Social Emotional Learning & School Health Education & Promotion
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1.00 Advanced CECH credit  |  No certificate available
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