SEL4CT Celebrates influential Black leaders who have improved social-emotional learning opportunities for all!
Dr. James Comer has supported and influenced students’ social-emotional development since the 1960s! Dr. Comer helped introduce educators to the idea of focusing on all aspects of a child’s development to improve their lives in the long term, understanding that child development and psychology are critical in the educational process within schools. He influenced how education leaders think about child development long before we had scientific explanations for how the brain develops. SEL4 CT Thanks you!
Gloria Ladson-Billings, a distinguished professor and researcher, has focused on culturally relevant pedagogy, emphasizing the importance of acknowledging and valuing diverse perspectives in education and building authentic and supportive relationships between educators and students. SEL4CT, Thanks you!
Dr. Edmund Gordon, a distinguished psychologist and educator, has been a pioneer in the study of human development and education. His research has delved into understanding how individuals learn and develop, encompassing cognitive, social, and emotional aspects. He is an advocate for culturally relevant education as well as educational equity. Let’s not forget his role in establishing the Head Start program, which aims to promote school readiness for children from low-income families. SEL4CT, Thanks you!
Marian Wright Edelman is an activist, lawyer, and founder of the Children’s Defense Fund (CDF). Her tireless efforts in championing children’s rights have left a lasting impact on policies and practices related to child welfare in the United States. Her work inspires others to advocate for a more just and equitable society, especially for the youngest and most vulnerable members. SEL4CT, Thanks you!