A person runningBEST/MTSS Summer Institute 2015


Social Emotional Learning to Promote Positive School Culture:  An Introduction to Social Thinking

Julie Erdelyi


1. Participants will learn practices for teaching social/emotional learning to students K-12 in the areas of Social Communication, Perspective Taking and Self-Regulation.  Strategies in each area will include use of visuals, evidence based practices, and materials development for supporting social thinking.

2.  Data and system/s taught to assure effective implementation will include the explicit guidelines defining the implementation of the following evidence based practices:  Modeling, Antecedent Management, Story Based Intervention, Schedules, Self-Management, and Naturalistic Teaching Strategies.

3.  These practices can be used classroom and school wide.  For example, a self management strategy such as the Incredible 5-Point Scale can be used to identify expected voice tone or volume in every environment and can be shared with families as an effective means to transfer this learning into the home environment.  This same strategy can also be applied to teaching students to measure the size of a problem and the associated size of  reaction to that problem.


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Julie ErdelyiJulie Erdelyi, M.A. is the Program Manager for Communication Services at the Stern Center for Language and Learning in Williston, Vermont. She received her Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education from the University of Vermont, and her Master's Degree in Special Education from the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota. Julie's passion for teaching led her to work in early childhood education and then adult learning before becoming a classroom teacher in Minnesota. Upon returning to her home state of Vermont, Julie began work at the Stern Center where she provides instruction for clients of all ages and offers multiple professional learning opportunities for educators including BEST 2011 -2014, continuing education workshops, and two graduate courses in social cognition.