“Behavior is the language of a child:” Snapshots from the 2016 Social Emotional Learning & Development Conference

Peter Lindsay, Co-Chair of the Growth Council, Rita Furlow, MCA Sr. Policy Analyst, and Dr. Walter Gilliam.
Peter Lindsay, Co-Chair of the Growth Council, Rita Furlow, MCA Sr. Policy Analyst, with Keynote Speaker, Dr. Walter Gilliam.

Last week, the Maine Children’s Alliance and the Maine Children’s Growth Council hosted the 2016 Social Emotional Learning & Development Conference in Freeport to share compelling new research. A diverse range of state and national experts, partners and stakeholders gathered to discuss short and long-term strategies to improve early childhood outcomes, specifically related to social and emotional development for Maine’s young children. After listening to national experts Dr. Walter Gilliam and Dr. Sheila Smith and hearing insights from the field from the Maine panel, we walked away excited about what we had learned and the opportunity to improve the social emotional learning and development of Maine’s young children.

In the upcoming week, we will be recapping what we learned from the presentations and speakers at the 2016 Social Emotional Learning & Development Conference. In the meantime, check out some snapshots from the event below!

Snapshots from the Social Emotional Learning & Development Conference!

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Peter Lindsay, Growth Council Co-Chair
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Sen. Cathy Breen introducing Dr. Sheila Smith from the National Center for Children in Poverty.
Dr. Gilliam giving his keynote address.
Dr. Gilliam giving his keynote address.
Participants on the Maine Panel!
Participants on the Maine Panel!

What’s Next?

Stay tuned to learn more about the conference, speakers and presentations at the 2016 Social Emotional Learning & Development Conference on our blog! To learn more about the research, check out some of the media coverage on the early childhood suspension and expulsion in Maine:


One thought on ““Behavior is the language of a child:” Snapshots from the 2016 Social Emotional Learning & Development Conference

  1. Congrats on this conference. Clearly, there is a great need to provide professional development and training of those serving young children to avoid expulsions. There are evidence-based strategies for parents and educators.

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