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Public Schools in ACTion Webcast Discusses Social Emotional Learning During COVID-19 & Crises

In Act for Education’s 7th installment of the 2020-21 Public Schools in ACTion webcast series on January 14, local superintendents explained how schools have been embedding social emotional wellness into all aspects of education, especially since remote and hybrid learning began last spring. To view a recording of the webscast, visit

In this roundtable, guest panelists included District Superintendent Jo Anne Antonacci, Monroe 2-Orleans BOCES; Superintendent Dr. Lesli Myers-Small, Rochester City School District; Superintendent Kathleen Graupman, Greece Central School District; and Superintendent Dr. Tom Putnam, Penfield Central School District. These panelists talked about the increased importance of social-emotional connections with students during hybrid learning; how districts are promoting and building these competencies with staff; the critical partnership between schools and families during current times of health and racial crisis; and how district leaders themselves exercise positive mental health practices during these challenging times.

All webcasts in this series are pre-recorded within 48 hours of the broadcast, then streamed on at Though the webcast is pre-recorded, questions can be submitted to panelists through the live chat feature during the noon livestream. The webcast is free and open to the public; no prior registration is required.

For more information about the webcast series or this initiative, please visit