Staying Connected with Students and Youth during COVID-19 Part 3: Tips for Keeping the “Social” in Social Emotional Learning


The Great Lakes MHTTC offers this event for school mental health personnel and behavioral health professionals in HHS Region 5: IL, IN, MI, MN, OH, and WI

In the wake of COVID-19 school closures, educators, parents, and students across the globe are coping with a new reality. In this webinar series we will explore research on belonging and connectedness, they key tenants of virtual communication for educators, and effective strategies for building virtual connectedness.



Many youths are experiencing high levels of stress as school schedules change due to the coronavirus pandemic. Youth are frequently finding themselves separated from friends and “stuck” at home, as well as worrying about their health and getting sick. Youth whose families are experiencing financial worries or illness are especially vulnerable during these trying times. There are ways you can support youth socially and emotionally even if they’re not physically in your classroom every day. This workshop will focus on defining social emotional learning (SEL), the benefit if teaching SEL, and strategies to incorporate SEL into lessons in order to help students learn more effectively.

Speaker: Angela Begres

Angela BegresAngela is a licensed clinical social worker who did her training at the University of Chicago, where she obtained her MSW. She is an experienced trainer and presenter contracted both independently and through various nonprofits in the Chicago area, Michigan, and others, with experience integrating mental health education programs into the curriculum for students and staff within the Chicago and West Cook County public schools. In Partnership with the National Alliance for Mental Health (NAMI) Metro Suburban, Angela also developed a program to help decrease student stress and implement mindfulness in the classrooms. She has also worked with Chicago Family Services (DCFS) providing parenting education, with efforts to get parents reunited with their children.

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