Dr. Amy McConnell Franklin

Screen Shot 2015-12-17 at 5.13.37 PMDr. Franklin is an educator, speaker, changemaker, and author, who has recently partnered with Tulane University, providing her insight, experience, and research on social-emotional learning (SEL), empathy, and emotional intelligence (EI), particularly how we might develop and sustain mutually respectful relationships with our selves, our colleagues, our students, and their students. In the above image, Dr. Franklin explains to our students, faculty, and local educators and community members the connections between essential components of EI, including Awareness (mindfulness, identity), Choice (agency, self-determination), and Intentions (reasons for acting, empathy).

This summer, TPCP met with Dr. Franklin to collaborate on our own Communications Charter, which included specific, respectful ways that we would collaborate, communicate, and validate each other throughout the semester, and to learn various strategies for integrating SEL into our own classes, modeling for our students for them to share with their current or future classrooms.

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One such strategy is to begin each meeting with a check-in. There are many ways to accomplish this. Students can activate their metaphoric thinking as they consider which tree, vehicle, landscape best describes their current feelings. One tactile, engaging way is to select an object that represents how you’re feeling today. Being in touch with our own emotions is the foundation for SEL.
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Click here for Dr. Franklin’s website.

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