Today’s guest on The EdTech Startup Show Podcast is Sara Potler LaHayne, Founder and CEO of Move This World.
Sara LaHayne is the founder and CEO of Move This World, a leading social emotional learning program. The learning program has impacted over a million students across 35 states for more than 13 years.
In addition to projecting the strategic and creative vision and direction of the organization, Sara is an advocate for mental health and social-emotional wellness for all children. Named “Female Innovator of the Year” in the 2016 Stevie Awards, Sara has presented at conferences around the world and been featured in USA Today, Forbes, The Washington Post, The Guardian, and others. A lifelong dancer and previous professional performer, Sara was a Fulbright Scholar in Bogotá, Colombia when she authored, implemented, and evaluated the original Move This World curriculum.
Questions for Sara Potler LaHayne
- What is the vision-mission of Move This World?
- How does Sara help teachers with Social-Emotional Learning?
- How did Sara’s background lead to the founding of Move This World?
- What can teachers do to incorporate SEL in remote or hybrid learning environments amid social distancing measures?
- What are some great resources to learn more about SEL?
- How do educators and school district leaders currently view SEL programs compared to a few years ago?
- How can a school make SEL an ubiquitous part of their learning culture?
- What can teachers and parents do to prepare their children to go back to school?
- What has Sara learned through the years about the efficacy of an SEL program?
Highlights from the conversation
- Those who apply SEL strategies in their own lives become more effective teachers in the classroom
- Beyond allying yourself with mentors and advisors in your subject matter, work with builders and creators who have taken their ideas and made them real
- COVID-19 made parents and teachers realize that resources and exercises must be as easy as possible to use
- Two of the key components of the Move This World approach is the validation of thoughts, perspectives, and experiences; and making time for processing and reflection.
- Satisfaction, engagement, and usage, though important for the end-user, does not mean efficacy. Impact is the key.
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