Addressing Bias in Social-Emotional and Behavior Screening
Social-emotional behavior (SEB) equips young people with the skills to lead healthy, productive lives. Schools across the country are investing resources in social-emotional learning (SEL) programs to help students develop these essential skills, but there are barriers that prevent many students of color and other marginalized youth from benefiting from these programs. One of these is how SEB skills are assessed and how resulting data are used to inform SEL and behavioral interventions.
In this on-demand webinar, Drs. Katie Eklund and Janine Jones offer guidance to ensure SEB assessments support positive social-emotional outcomes for all students. They share:
- Strategies for engaging in culturally responsive assessment practices
- How SEB screening data can be used to consider which students need additional support
- Best practices for reducing the rates of racial/ethnic disproportionality in behavioral risk identification
- Considerations around implicit bias and how to ensure students receive equitable support
We hope this webinar offers insights you can apply as you plan your behavior and SEL programming and learn how to look for ways to continue to address inequities in your system.
About Our Presenters:
Katie Eklund, Ph.D., Associate Professor and Co-Director, School Psychology Program; and Co-Director, School Mental Health Collaborative, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Dr. Katie Eklund is an Associate Professor in the School Psychology Program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Co-Director of the School Mental Health Collaborative. Prior to entering academia, Dr. Eklund worked in public education for 10 years as a school administrator, school psychologist, and school social worker. She is currently a Nationally Certified School Psychologist and licensed Psychologist. Dr. Eklund’s research focuses on school mental health, including early identification and intervention for children with behavioral and social-emotional concerns, social-emotional learning, school safety, and equitable outcomes for culturally and linguistically diverse students.
Janine Jones, Ph.D., NCSP, Professor, School Psychology, and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the College of Education, University of Washington
Dr. Janine Jones is an Associate Professor and the Director of the School Psychology at the University of Washington. As an engaged scholar and licensed psychologist, Dr. Jones is dedicated to implementing research that informs clinical practice. She believes the path to meeting educational and social-emotional needs of children and families lies within a cultural context. As a practicing psychologist, she has served a diverse population of more than 250 children and families in assessment and treatment. In her 20+ years of providing clinical services and conducting research, Dr. Jones is at the forefront of scholar-practitioners who identify effective approaches for addressing the mental health needs of children and families of color.