Social Emotional Learning

Social Emotional Learning
The Centre for Inclusive Education will hold its annual International Inclusive Education Conference 2019 entitled Social Emotional Learning on 5-6 October 2019 in Pomorie town, Festa Via Pontica Hotel, with the support of America for Bulgaria Foundation and VELUX Foundations.

For the seventh time, the forum will gather specialists, experts and practitioners from all spheres of inclusive education, who will share ideas and exchange experience applicable to their fellow professionals.
For the first time, though, we are meeting at the seaside to work together for two days.

This year’s conference will focus on Social Emotional Learning (SEL) as a systemic approach to the development of student social emotional skills. While entirely focused on the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths) component, we tend to neglect the SEL component which makes it possible to utilize our accumulated knowledge. The event will highlight the attempt to find a meeting point between academic and social skills, which is an ongoing process of research of children’s needs at every stage of child development.

Apart from presenting relevant international experience on the topic, the Conference will offer opportunities for discussions, parallel workshops, experience sharing and networking among the participants. The event’s two-day format will enable us to apply social-emotional learning on the spot and experiment with our own improved skills and adaptability to environments.

The agenda is designed in a way allowing enough time for both formal and informal learning and sharing, so that all participants are able to take away something useful which may be applied later in their everyday work.

Dates: 5 – 6 October, 2019
Venue: Pomorie, Festa Via Pontica Hotel

Registration fee:
Early registration fee /by 19.08.2019/ - BGN 64
Late registration fee /after 19.08.2019/ - BGN 80

Accommodation at Festa Via Pontica:
Single room – BGN 100 per night /HB/
Single bed in a double room – BGN 68 per night /HB/
International Inclusive Education Conference 2019
Social Emotional Learning

Friday, October 4
14:00 – 19:00    Check-in in the hotel and registration for the Conference
19:00 – 21:00    Dinner
Saturday, October 5

08:30 – 09:00    Registration

09:00 – 09:20    Opening addresses by official guests

09:20 – 10:00    Inclusive education, social emotional learning and Generation Z – what on earth are we talking about? – Iva Boneva, Phd, Executive Director of the Association for Shared Learning ELA

10:00 - 10:50    Social inclusion as a form of community organization – Saltanat Murzalinova-Yakovleva, Head of the Center for Social Inclusive Programs, Almaty, Kazakhstan

10:50 – 11:20    Coffee break

11:20 – 12:10    Effective Inclusive Schools: The Importance of Social Emotional Learning
 - Lauren Katzman, Executive Director, Urban Special Education Leadership Collective, U.S.

12:10 – 12:40  Life lessons we learn in school: a tour of the poster gallery of conference participants

12:40 – 13:30    Lunch break

13:30 – 15:00  School Makes Sense, if it is One School for All – presentation and panel discussion by Liliya Arakchieva and Tsvetan Kadiev, Association or Shared Learning ELA

15:00 – 15:30   Coffee break

15:30 – 17:30   Case solving: case solving in small group discussions facilitated by representatives of the Professional Community for Inclusive Education.

17:30 – 19:00   Free time

19:00 – 20:30   Dinner at the hotel restaurant

20:30 – 22:30   A night of wine, music and poetry
Sunday 6 October 2019

09:30 – 10:30 How the mind and the heart can be educated by the school? – Marina Clarkson, psychologist, trainer and teacher
10:30 – 11:00   Relationships and interconnections in school: video and discussion moderated by Ekaterina Rousseva, Association for Shared Learning ELA

11:00 – 12:00   Parallel workshops:

Workshop 1:   Differentiated instruction: the shortest route to inclusion in the classroom – Dimitar Lazarov, Association for Shared Learning ELA

Workshop 2:  Four leadership frameworks to help school principals – Iva Boneva, PhD, Association for Shared Learning ELA

Workshop 3:   Global civil education as a way of social emotional learning – Lilia Krasteva-Peeva, Association for Shared Learning ELA

Workshop 4:  Fostering belonging through integrated social, emotional, and academic learning in school- Colin Gasamis, PhD, University of Washington, Seattle, U.S.

12:00 – 13:30    Lunch and departure

Please send your registration and hotel accommodation requests at https://events.cmebg.com/годишна-конференция-за-приобщаващо-образование/178/
Useful information:
Festa Via Pontica Hotel
Address: 2 Chaika Street, Pomorie
GPS coordinates: 42.564376, 27.60109

If you travel by car:
At the first roundabout in Pomorie /route Burgas – Pomorie/ take the second exit, continue straight for 50 meters and you will find the hotel on your right.

By bus:
On an inter-city coach service or a public transport bus, after the first roundabout in Pomorie /route Burgas – Pomorie/, get off at the Sunset Resort bus stop. Walk back along Knyaz Boris Ist Street and after 20 meters turn left onto Chaika Street. After 50 meters, on your right, you will find the hotel.

One School for All

One School for All is our most encompassing and wide-reaching cause, our raison d’etre. Our ultimate goal is comprehensive introduction and application of the principles of inclusive education.

Inclusive education is a process of changing the school environment based on respect and acceptance of other people. It implies wise management of school processes in a way which makes children feel supported to develop their capacity and to overcome hardships; which makes teachers feel encouraged and confident that they are able to cope with the growing challenges, while parents are able to assume their responsibility and role in partnership with schools.