SEL in Action

Heather Woods

The SEL in Action Podcast explores how social and emotional competencies are enacted within various professional settings. This podcast was created based on my deep curiosity about what social and emotional learning look like across the lifespan.I, Heather, will be your host for the SEL in Action Podcast. I’m excited to go on this journey with you as we talk to a variety of interesting individuals!Each episode we will chat with professionals and leaders from various sectors.

All Episodes

On this special guest episode, Matt Clarke interviews Randie Sykes about how they integrate mindfulness into their classrooms and schools.Matt Clarke is the department head of English Language Learning at Fraser Heights Secondary in Surrey, British Columbia. Throughout his diverse experience as a classroom educator he has worked to integrate mindfulness in meaningful ways that support students’ social and emotional development. He is currently pursuing his Masters of Education at the University of Ottawa while working to ensure diversity and equity-mindedness within education. Randie is a busy mom, wife, sister, and school counsellor. Experiencing the postive affect that mindfulness can have in one's life, Randie is passionate about using her experience to help others. In addition she completed her Master's in School Counselling Degree in 2017 with a focus on Mindfulness and its efficacy in the school setting. Randie is currently supporting youth and families within the public school system. As a YMCA trained Mindfulness facilitator, Randie runs group teen mindfulness sessions in her high school where she works as a school counsellor. You can connect with Matt on Twitter at @mrclarke7.

Aug 30

23 min 51 sec

This week, I spoke with Adra Young, founder of Ardannyl. Adra is an educator, speaker and author focusing on building connections through creativity. She has over 24 years of educational experience and is passionate about creating space for students. We speak about her experiences and strategies for building connections with students and strategies for implementing in the classroom.You can find out more about Adra's work at @Ardannyl on Twitter. 

Aug 23

42 min 54 sec

This week, I spoke with Ellen Mahoney, CEO and founder of The Circulus Institute. Ellen is passionate about fostering educator's social and emotional learning so they can support themselves and their students. We talk about the gaps in education for teachers and implications in the classroom.You can find out more about Ellen's work and The Circulus Institute at @CirculusInst on twitter. 

Jun 27

46 min 40 sec

This week, I speak with Brenda Dunn (aka Art in Jest) about the skills developed through art and being a community-engaged artist. Brenda discusses the importance of relationships and social awareness in art and valuing yourself and those around you!Brenda Dunn's bio:"I make things. I also make things happen."Brenda Dunn has been getting in trouble for crayoning on the walls for as long as she can remember. She eventually went to art school at the University of Guelph and drew on whatever she wanted.She works and plays in Ottawa where she came for grad school and stuck around ever since. She learned lots of busy words during her Masters in English Literature, but it turns out she prefers the visual to the verbal when it comes to communication. You can see the things she makes at artinjest.com, or rifle through her digital sock drawer on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter all @artinjest.She was hired into a corporate environment straight out of grad school and spent six years being a high-performing fish out of water. When the opportunity to change careers presented itself, she ran full tilt back to the arts and she promises never to stray again. She’s still super scared of cubicles.She also doesn't totally get why these things are always written in the third person but concedes that it does just sort of feel right."

Nov 2020

31 min 11 sec

This week, I discuss some of the common challenges that we face with remote teaching and learning. I delve into the challenges of fostering trust, communication, setting boundaries, and engaging in a lot of reflection, perspective-taking and empathy.

Oct 2020

25 min 34 sec

This week, I speak with my teaching team about how we integrated social and emotional learning into our online graduate courses. We speak about how we created a class climate of openness, respect, and value for everyone's experiences and views through modelling, engagement, and empathy.Amanda Krause is a PhD Student in Clinical Psychology and was the teaching assistant for the Social and Emotional Learning Special Topics Course. Sarah Bethune is a MA Student in Counselling Psychology and was the teaching assistant for the Social and Emotional Competencies in Distance Leadership.Resources (e.g., syllabi, examples of assessment notebooks, etc. are available on the episode website).

Oct 2020

38 min 40 sec

This week, I speak with Julie Dick, Sales Enablement Specialist. Julie has a background in psychology and educational counselling and has moved into a career in sales and training. We discuss this shift in industries and the skills she engages with daily to build relationships with her team and clients. 

Oct 2020

32 min 21 sec

This week I speak with Carolyn Hebert, a dancer, teacher, and PhD Candidate, about the social and emotional skills that are fostered through dance education.Carolyn Hebert is a PhD Candidate and sometimes a part-time professor in the faculty of Education at the University of Ottawa in Ottawa, Canada. Her doctoral research inquires about the experiences of professional tap dancers in improvisation and is funded through a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Doctoral Fellowship. She completed her Master of Arts in Dance Studies from York University in 2013 and published her thesis as a chapter in the Dance and Gender anthology. She has presented her research at conferences in Norway, Los Angeles, and Greece and has guest-authored articles for Dance International and The Dance Current.In addition to her academic work, Carolyn teaches and choreographs tap, ballet and creative dance in competitive dance studios in Ottawa and is a member of the Ottawa Rhythm Initiative Ensemble, which performed at the 2017 TD Ottawa Jazz Festival.

Sep 2020

37 min 6 sec

This week, I speak with Sarah White, a Ph.D. Candidate and Science Communicator. Sarah is a Cognitive scientist (UCLA) and learning scientist by training (Northwestern University) with a focus on secondary math teachers' knowledge in evaluating online resources; internships in edtech, user research, and scicomm.We chat about the goal setting skills, communication, and relationship skills portrayed in children's movies, how we can help children develop these skills through movies and the skills involved in being a science communicator who gets to be a Ph.D. Princess!You can find Sarah on her website, http://www.phdprincess.com, or on social media at @thephdprincess.

Sep 2020

36 min 4 sec

I speak with Marie-Hélène Brunet, an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Education at the University of Ottawa, about the social & emotional competencies needed for online teaching and learning in higher education. Marie-Hélène provides a thoughtful reflection on her experience as an online educator and what she feels will be important for teaching and learning online as more courses & programs are shifted online.The SECs in Distance Leadership Series was created for the SECs in Distance Leadership Graduate Course that I taught in the Spring/Summer of 2020. The interviews were conducted with educators and leaders about the changes they've seen and what they think will be pivotal as we move forward from the COVID work-from-home and emergency online teaching/learning mandates.For full transcript and show notes, please visit https://sel-in-action.com/podcast-ep-3.

Aug 2020

1 hr 2 min

I speak with Eric Wooltorton, a family physician and medical educator, about the social & emotional competencies needed for online medical practice, teaching, and learning. Eric provides an energetic and humorous perspective on the shift to practicing medicine and leading medical students as they begin their residency during the pandemic.The SECs in Distance Leadership Series was created for the SECs in Distance Leadership Graduate Course that I taught in the Spring/Summer of 2020. The interviews were conducted with educators and leaders about the changes they've seen and what they think will be pivotal as we move forward from the COVID work-from-home and emergency online teaching/learning mandates.For full transcript and show notes, please visit https://sel-in-action.com/podcast-ep-2. 

Aug 2020

31 min

I speak with Michelle Thomason about the social & emotional competencies needed for online teaching & learning in secondary education. Michelle had so many insights into shifting her 6th Standard classes online and what she sees for the future of education.The SECs in Distance Leadership Series was created for the SECs in Distance Leadership Graduate Course that I taught in the Spring/Summer of 2020. The interviews were conducted with educators and leaders about the changes they've seen and what they think will be pivotal as we move forward from the COVID work-from-home and emergency online teaching/learning mandates.For full transcript and show notes, please visit https://sel-in-action.com/podcast-ep-1. Throughout the week of August 9, 2020, the page will be updated with resources to help foster online connections with students.

Aug 2020

35 min 43 sec

An introduction to the SEL in Action Podcast, which launches August 7th, 2020!

Jul 2020

1 min 26 sec