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June 7, 2023
10:30am – 11:30am Central – June 7, 2023
Nwakaego Oriji, LeeAnn Stephenson, Margot Toppen

Schools across Texas are looking to social and emotional learning (SEL) as the key driver towards school change in the wake of the COVID – 19 pandemic. However, as schools and districts begin their implementation journey, SEL can often feel like “one more thing” or a “nice to have” rather than critical for excellence in student outcomes. Through a systems approach to implementation, schools and districts can leverage current systems such as MTSS and physical wellness models to craft a comprehensive implementation plan for SEL that feels integrated into the daily operations of a school environment. In this session, Margot Toppen will discuss her experiences and provide tangible examples of how to create a collaborative culture.


  • Participants will be able to describe the benefits of utilizing a systems approach in implementation of SEL and whole-child wellness.
  • Participants will learn strategies for building a cross-departmental team to lead systems-level change.
  • Participants will be able to describe a comprehensive approach to addressing social, emotional, and behavioral wellness through common schoolwide practices and various levels of support.

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