Designing Environments to Support Social & Emotional Learning

AIA Continuing Education Provider

1 LU / HSW

Review the key concepts of SEL, Trauma Informed Classroom Practices and Sensory Processing and how they may impact, focus, attention, and behavior. Learning doesn’t just start from the chin up. We need our bodies and our senses to process and learn. Learn how to transform Learning Environments for success using design solutions and furniture/equipment selections that are inclusive and universal for all students. These practices are applicable to both students and adults alike! Join us for an enlightening discussion and discovery session!

Learning Objectives:

  1. Name 3 essential concepts of SEL, TIC, and Sensory Processing.
  2. Identify 2 strategies/ furniture and/or other design choices that may help students with focus/attention and behavior issues.
  3. Be able to create your own learning space to support SEL. .
  4. Be aware of references for additional information.
Sue Ann Highland, PhD
Sue Ann Highland, PhD
National Education Strategist and I/O Psychologist, School Specialty 

Dr. Sue Ann Highland is the National Education Strategist for School Specialty. She is a retired building and district administrator with over 25 years’ experience working with schools and districts across the country. As a growth and improvement expert and Industrial/Organizational Psychologist, she has extensive experience in developing professional development and systemic change initiatives.

Cecilia Cruse, MS, OTR/L
Cecilia Cruse, MS, OTR/L
Occupational Therapist and Subject Matter Expert, School Specialty

Cecilia received her BS degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of Florida, and her master’s degree in Education from Georgia State University. She has over 25years’ experience in pediatrics with school-based services, Head Start, acute care and outpatient pediatric settings. Cecilia is currently the Subject Matter Expert for the Abilitations/Special Needs Division of School Specialty and serves as an on-staff resource to the Learning Environments team.

Track: Resiliency

This track focuses on Resiliency and addresses how learning environments support the development of students and communities that have the strength and flexibility to withstand adversity and adapt to change. The COVID-19 pandemic demonstrated the essential role that schools have in stabilizing communities during a time of crisis. How do schools support the development of strong community culture among teachers and students? How do schools foster physical and mental health and wellness to ensure all are ready and supported to learn? How do we create learning environments that are strong in intent yet adaptable to change? How do we learn from what does not work and further, learn to take risks daily to expand our comfort zone? What can we learn from research and our responses to past events to inform how to build toward a resilient future where we can withstand what crises and challenges the future brings? Topic areas, seen through the lenses of both Art and Science, include sustainability, physical and mental health, community, school climate and culture, safety, and security.

Primary Core Competency
Design of Educational Facilities: Acts as a resource to the design team in providing ongoing guidance and support to ensure that the emerging and ultimate design aligns with the established community vision, education goals, future programming, written design standards, best/next practices and education policy.

LearningSCAPES 2023

October 12-15 | Hilton Chicago

© Copyright 2023 Association for Learning Environments. All Rights Reserved.