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  • Saint Leo University-Tampa to Host Mini-Seminar for K-5 Parents, Guardians 1-Hour Session on Oct. 1 to Provide Tools to Assist with Social Emotional Learning

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 17, 2021

    Saint Leo University-Tampa to Host Mini-Seminar for K-5 Parents, Guardians 
    1-Hour Session on Oct. 1 to Provide Tools to Assist with Social Emotional Learning

    TAMPA - Parents and guardians of children in grades K-5 are invited to a free hybrid mini-seminar about Social Emotional Learning (SEL) and how to help their children make good decisions and have positive classroom experiences. Presented by Saint Leo University’s Tampa Education Center, this webinar Social Emotional Learning: Tools for Parents/Guardians of K-5 Learners, will take place 6:30 – 7:30 p.m., Friday, October 1, at the center and via Zoom. 
    Because of COVID-19 safety protocols, the session is available in a virtual format and a limited number will be allowed to attend in-person. The first 12 people who register online and request to attend in-person will be able to attend at Saint Leo’s Tampa Education Center located in the historic Berriman-Morgan Cigar Factory building, 1403 N. Howard Ave., Tampa, FL 33607. 
    Presenters for this session are Dr. Debra Thrower, assistant professor of social work, and Dr. Christine Picot, assistant professor of elementary education. 
    Thrower and Picot will discuss SEL, which prepares students to understand their emotions and demonstrate empathy for others. Aligned to school district initiatives and engaging in strategies to support social and emotional behaviors, students will be prepared to make responsible decisions on how to work toward their goals while creating positive relationships with others. 
    Participants will discuss ideas that use children’s books/literature through the instructional practice of “Read-Alouds” to engage their children in conversations about social emotional learning topics. 
    The webinar also will discuss Eric Erikson’s stages of learning to understand how children develop socially and emotionally. Hands-on, culturally responsive activities will be a part of this mini-seminar.
    “Participants will leave with a created bookmarker aligned to the children's literature selection we conduct during the Read Aloud, a list of children’s books aligned to SEL topics, and informational website links for additional information on SEL,” Picot said. “All of these encompass Erik Erikson’s stages of learning.”
    This webinar is designed to enhance the home and school connection for participants and their children. 

    Register for this free webinar at: https:/saintleo.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_l487Wk-BTx2qdqaGEk5WcA.

    For more information, email tampa@saintleo.edu or call (813) 226-2777.

    About Saint Leo University
    Saint Leo University is one of the largest Catholic universities in the nation, offering 57 undergraduate and graduate-level degree programs to more than 18,200 students each year. Founded in 1889 by Benedictine monks, the private, nonprofit university is known for providing a values-based education to learners of all backgrounds and ages in the liberal arts tradition. Saint Leo is regionally accredited and offers a residential campus in the Tampa Bay region of Florida, 16 education centers in five states, and an online program for students anywhere. The university is home to more than 98,000 alumni. Learn more at saintleo.edu. 

    Media Contact: Mary McCoy, University Writer & Media Relations, mary.mccoy02@saintleo.edu, (352) 588-7118 or cell (813) 610-8416