Leading with Social and Emotional Intelligence

October 09, 2018

Passing by the Elm Conference room this week, you may have heard a sound more typically heard in yoga class than in an educational workshop. Presenter Jane Sandbank was using a traditional meditation chime while leading a group of administrators, educators and counselors through a guided meditation. The exercise was part of a Center for Educational Leadership program: Social-Emotional Intelligence for School Leaders (SEL).
The workshop is based on current educational and neuroscientific research on the critical ways emotions affect our behavior and success. Sandbank, a former Brewster Central School District superintendent, demonstrated how to use emotional intelligence to improve personal and organizational effectiveness and how to apply specific mindfulness practices to reduce stress and help resolve conflict.