Dr. Blahus Presents at AACTE Conference

Mar 19, 2024 2:17 PM



Dr. Rebecca Blahus, Adjunct Professor at Frostburg State University, and Mrs. Brittany Rhodes, Denmark HS, presented at the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE) on 02/17/24 in Denver, Colorado. The presentation, titled Social and Emotional Learning at Middle and High School Levels - What Are Students Saying?, focused on the significance of incorporating socio-emotional learning in Secondary schools.

Please see the description and learning objectives below. Also you can view the brochure provided at the presentation. 


What social and emotional learning happens at the middle and high school levels? What should we be doing? This presentation focuses on the need for teachers to engage in social and emotional strategies to support MS and HS learners, especially post-pandemic. This is a prime developmental level for students to develop skills such as interpersonal relationships, empathy decision-making, and self-regulation. Students at these ages will be better suited for success in school, work life, and outside activities with these competencies. We will provide information regarding student responses to what they are and are not getting. Research from the Center for Social and Emotional Learning and other leaders in the field is the foundation for developing strategies that can be implemented while still focusing on academic content.

Learning Objectives:

  • Compare their current practices with those suggested by research.
  • Articulate one change they can make toward implementing intentional instruction of social and emotional competence.
  • Access a resource hub of social and emotional learning strategies.
  • Contribute new ideas to a shared resource hub.