2023 The Spirit of SEL Symposium
Program & Replays
Creating a Beloved Learning Community Through SEL: Liberating Spaces and an Inclusive Environment
The focus of this talk will center on the definition of a Beloved Learning Community and how to develop adult competencies and facilitation skills where a school and classroom environment are safe places for children to thrive. Hector Montenegro, EdD discusses several concepts including liberating spaces, engaging, and an inclusive learning environment. A number of instructional strategies that facilitate a students sense of belonging, motivation, and a safe learning environment will be demonstrated.
In this session, you’ll:
- Adult facilitation skills on creating a Beloved Learning Community
- Steps and examples of creating an engaged learning environment that is equitable, inclusive, and relational
- Participate in activities that facilitate connection, conversation, and exploration of priorities for school and classroom transformation
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Hector Montenegro, EdD
Dr. Hector Montenegro, President/CEO of Montenegro Consulting Group, LLC, former Senior District Advisor for the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL). Currently works with districts and administrators nationally and internationally on systemic implementation of SEL. He is also a Senior Associate for Margarita Calderon and Associates (MC&A) and provides training on instructional strategies for English Learners (ELs), leadership development, language and literacy, instructional coaching, and parent engagement.
Dr. Montenegro has been a math teacher, principal, Chief of Staff for the DC Public Schools, and Superintendent of three school districts in Texas. He is an internationally recognized speaker and presenter of 100s of workshops, leadership development seminars, retreats, keynote speeches, and webinars on SEL and on effective instructional strategies throughout the US and abroad in over 23 countries. He has been an educational advisor to Chile, Peru, Guatemala, and Saudi Arabia through the U.S. State Department and Ministries of Education.
He also serves on several national boards including New York City's The Leadership Academy (TLA), Transformative Educational Leadership (TEL board chair), and the Parent-Teacher Home Visits (PTHV) program. Dr. Montenegro was one of the founding members of the Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents (ALAS) and served as the Co-Academic Administrator of the ALAS Superintendent's Leadership Academy (SLA). He is a volunteer for the Fruit Tree Planting Foundation working on projects in Brazil, El Salvador, Peru, Guatemala, and Uganda. He obtained his master's from Stanford University and his doctorate from the University of Texas at Austin.