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The Heart of SEL

Broadcast on February 11, 2023
With Meena Srinivasan
Hosted by Daniel Sunshine

Meena Srinivasan focuses on what SEL needs to mean now, given all that's unfolding in our world: COVID, systemic racism, the climate crisis, extreme polarization, etc. We'll explore what is really at the heart of SEL, including the importance of adult SEL, mindfulness, interbeing, and belonging.

In this session, you’ll:

  • Deepen your understanding of mindfulness
  • Learn about transformative SEL
  • Explore why belonging and adult SEL must be at the heart of SEL
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Meena Srinivasan

Executive Director, Transformative Educational Leadership (TEL)

Meena Srinivasan is the Founding Executive Director of Transformative Educational Leadership (TEL). She is a highly respected educational leader who brings deep expertise and credibility in the field of Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) and is also one of Mindful Magazine’s 2022 Ten Powerful Women of the Mindfulness Movement. Srinivasan was identified by the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) as one of four Next Generation SEL Leaders engaged in innovative work at the intersection of SEL and Equity. Meena worked with several schools and districts to support them in implementing SEL systemically and spent five and a half years working in partnership with CASEL to implement SEL system-wide in the Oakland Unified School District. Meena is a National Board Certified Teacher, has taught and led in a variety of school settings (public, private, urban, international), and holds a Clear Administrative Services Credential in the state of California.

She is the creator of the SEL Every Day online courses, author of Teach, Breathe, Learn: Mindfulness In and Out of the Classroom and SEL Every Day: Integrating SEL with Instruction in Secondary Classrooms which was chosen as one of 2019’s Favorite Books for Educators by the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley. She is also the author of Integrating SEL into Every Classroom Quick Reference Guide. Meena’s article, “Social and Emotional Learning Starts with Adults” was one of ASCD’s 10 Best Express Articles of 2018 and she was featured in the Dec 2020/Jan 2021 issue of Educational Leadership Magazine on “Mindful School Leadership.” She also offered a guided meditation for educators in Educational Leadership Magazine’s July 2022 issue, Nurturing Wellbeing in Schools. Meena has been practicing yoga and meditation for more than 25 years and is a student of Professor Ramchandra Gandhi (Mahatma Gandhi’s grandson) and Novel Peace Prize Nominee, Thich Nhat Hanh. 

Meena Srinivasan