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July 29, 2021

Webinar: Mentoring to Build Social and Emotional Learning Skills, Habits, and Mindsets

Hosted by the Learning Policy Institute and MENTOR

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As districts and educators prepare for instruction in the fall, relationships are critical to student success both inside and outside of the classroom. At this virtual briefing, presenters shared examples of effective student-centered approaches being used in schools, focusing on the social, emotional, and mental health of students. They also discussed mentoring to develop social and emotional learning skills and how districts can utilize federal COVID-19 relief funds to meet short-term needs, accelerate learning, and develop relationship-centered schools.


  • Adam Edgerton, Senior Researcher, LPI
  • Julia Freeland Fisher, Director of Education Research, Clayton Christensen Institute (moderator)
  • Laura Green, Executive Director, iMentor Baltimore
  • Stephen Kostyo, Senior Policy Advisor, LPI
  • Sam McQuillin, Associate Professor & School Program Director, University of South Carolina
  • Darrin Person, Mentor Coordinator, Fresno Unified School District
  • Margo Ross, Managing Director of Communications & Development, Center for Supportive Schools
  • Bernadette Sanchez, Professor, University of Illinois Chicago
  • David Shapiro, CEO, MENTOR (moderator)
  • Dudney Sylla, Program Director, MENTOR