Spotlight and Smart Lunch Discussions

We are excited to introduce colleagues, education and counseling candidates and the PNW community to faculty research and collaborative technology through two programs: Spotlight and Smart Lunch.

Join Spotlight via Zoom

Join Smart Lunch via Zoom

On the second Wednesday each February, March, April, September, October and November, we spotlight one of our faculty’s research. Through presentations and discussions of relevant topics in education, each 45-minute Spotlight allows time for a presentation and Q&A session with attendees.


Wednesday, April 13

Patrick Keegan, Ph.D., 4 p.m.-5 p.m. in-person CLO 239 or via Zoom

Integrating Social Emotional Learning and Social Studies to Promote Critical Affective Civic Literacy

The pivotal role schools play in engendering a sense of belonging and fostering social relationships has come to the forefront since COVID-19, leading to increased calls for social emotional learning (SEL). SEL helps lay a foundation for engaged citizenship by teaching youth empathy, compassion, and perspective-taking. However, some argue that SEL should do more to address social injustice by empowering students to tackle the root causes of trauma. In this presentation, I will share a framework and set of skills for raising student awareness of the relationships between emotion and becoming an engaged citizen. I will also discuss recent attempts by lawmakers to halt SEL in schools, as part of broader attempts to prevent the teaching of the history of racial injustice in the U.S. Instead of shielding students from possible feelings of discomfort when learning about hard history, I will discuss how teachers can encourage them to reflect on the role that emotion plays in how they make sense of the past.

Through presentations and discussions of relevant topics in education, each 30-minute Smart Lunch allows time for a presentation and Q&A session with attendees via Zoom.