SEL Awardee

Jessica Kershner

Acorn Woodland Elementary
Oakland Unified School District
Oakland, CA
“Social and emotional learning—and self-regulation skills in particular—are a fundamental part of the preschool experience. I teach a special education inclusion class, in which a focus on these skills is critical to student success. Through the introduction of dance and use of sensory materials, we will help students develop preventative strategies and equip them with a toolkit to use when they are overwhelmed or dysregulated. The dance instruction will be supported by Luna Dance Institute, whose staff will provide dance classes for the children, as well as professional development for teachers in order to deepen and sustain this practice.”
Tags: Elementary School, ELs, Sports & Activity, Students with Disabilities, Teacher, Traditional Public School, Urban