Relationship Skills

According to CASEL, relationship skills are the abilities to establish and maintain healthy and supportive relationships and to effectively navigate settings with diverse individuals and groups. This includes the capacities to communicate clearly, listen actively, cooperate, work collaboratively to problem solve and negotiate conflict constructively, navigate settings with differing social and cultural demands and opportunities, provide leadership, and seek or offer help when needed.

MCIU’s Office of Professional Learning believes social emotional learning (SEL) is the vehicle to develop skills and dispositions that promote self- care and the care of others, so that positive connections and contributions are made within our learning communities.

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Erin's experience in the field of education has spanned the past 20 years of her life. Erin started her career at the Hatboro-Horsham School District as a Learning Support Teacher, primarily supporting middle school students in the area of mathematics. She was also a Special Education Coordinator. She currently holds a position in the Office of Professional Learning at Montgomery County Intermediate Unit, working primarily in the areas of UDL, STEM, and Inclusive Practices.

Erin holds a dual degree in Special Education and Elementary Education, a Master's Degree in Reading with a certificate as a Reading Specialist. In addition, she holds a Middle Level Math Certificate.

Making education accessible for ALL students is what drives Erin to share her knowledge and understanding with educators and administrators. Her innovative, hands-on professional development sessions will leave you wanting more! Her desire to model best practices in trainings is an effort to "practice what you preach" and provide you, the learner, with the best tools possible for instructing in your space and meeting the needs of all students.

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Kari Kessler is a Project Consultant in the area of Autism. Kari has a Master's in Education from Penn State and is a Certified Competent Learner Model Coach and Coordinator. She recently completed her coursework through Florida Institute of Technology to become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and has been a coach in Intensive Applied Behavioral Analysis programs.

Prior to being a consultant, Kari taught in Autistic Support Programs for students with complex instructional needs all the way to the other end of the spectrum- the Asperger's student. Kari is devoted to high quality, rigorous education for students with autism. She is passionate that students be prepared for life after high school. Kari's enthusiasm for education and students with disabilities is evident in her engaging presentation style.