by Adam Beeson, M.A.
I arrived yesterday to Salzburg, Austria where, over the next five days, I will share the SIGA model as part of a global conversation about best practices in social and emotional learning in different cultural contexts around the world. The invitation to join this convening came from Salzburg Global Seminar, a renowned international policy center located in Schloss Leopoldskron, an 18th century palace once owned by Austria playwright Max Reinhardt (made famous as the film location for The Sound of Music).
I am honored to join 50 educators from more than 20 countries to collaborate on solutions to challenges facing schools worldwide and to offer insight on our unique curriculum. SIGA was created to provide education as it should be for high school. We believe that education is more than a classroom. We grow and learn in the classroom, but our experiences outside the classroom shape us into the people that matter to our family, our friends, our communities and our futures. SIGA aspires to provide an environment and experiences that facilitate an unforgettable, nurturing, and supportive high school experience that our graduates will forever remember and appreciate as they embark on their productive adult lives.
Stay tuned for more dispatches from Salzburg throughout this week, including more information on the twelfth grade SIGA Immersive Experience in Austria. You can follow the conversation from Social and Emotional Learning: A Time for Action on Twitter using the hashtag #SGSedu.
About Social and Emotional Learning: A Time for Action
Social and Emotional Learning: Time for Action is part of Salzburg Global Seminar's long-running multi-year series Education for Tomorrow’s World, which aims to bring together global change-makers to discuss issues and challenges at the forefront in education, exploring how policies and practices can best be applied to a variety of education systems.
Around 50 participants will come together to tackle core topics in the development of SEL curricula, training and assessment. They include representatives of Ministries of Education, experts in education in crisis and conflict contexts and researchers, academics and practitioners.
Over the course of the program, participants will address issues such as the contribution SEL programs can make to wider issues of social justice, the relationship between SEL and ideas of identity and belonging, the role of SEL in education in crisis and conflict contexts and the increasing importance of social and emotional skills in our digital world.
The program will build on insight and recommendations from previous programs to advance solutions to the key challenges that can restrict the implementation of SEL programs in education systems and institutional practice around the world. Ideas, arguments and new approaches will be developed.
Participants will engage with panel discussions, working groups and a film screening to share insights and experiences, learn from each other and to find common strategies for implementing SEL in their respective countries and contexts.
During and after the program, participants and staff will co-create strategic products to sustain the SEL conversation. These will be Twitter debates, podcasts, webinars and an impact report summarizing the program and the changes it has helped to initiate.
Multiple contributors will be posting on our blog to keep you posted on the development of SIGA!