Participants will explore best approaches for weaving together SEL and early literacy for
younger children to cultivate and sustain their success both academically and emotionally.
Experts will underscore the evidence-based benefits of building positive classroom
environments and student-teacher interactions. We will also discuss how to comprehensively
understand these issues through the lens of race and equity, given the disproportionate impact of high-stakes testing and "no tolerance" disciplinary policies on black and brown children and communities. (Panelists include Tiffany Lee, ParentChild+; Samantha Lott-Velez, NPS Office of Early Childhood; and Dr. Michelle Macchia, Ed.D., Rutgers University Graduate School of Education; Facilitated by Rasheba Stevenson, Newark Trust for Education)