Embedding SEL Competencies into Math Instructions

First 10 Days Off to A Strong Start 

with Erma Anderson

ERma Anderson

Decades of research have made it clear that social and emotional habits and skills (e.g., self-awareness, self-regulation, communication, empathy) are related to learning math and life success. The AERO Standards for Mathematical Practice specify that students solve real-world and mathematical problems by working effectively with peers; formulating, communicating and critiquing arguments; and persevering through difficulty. As students internalize these mathematical practices, they engage in intra- and interpersonal social and emotional skills, the Social Emotional Learning (SEL) competencies.  

Session 1 will discuss the strong connections among the AERO Standards for Mathematical Practice and key social and emotional learning competencies and how purposeful practice can integrate these competencies into instruction and assessment.

Session 2 will focus on strategies for embedding SEL competencies into math routines and instruction. Relevant examples and resources for creating a positive math culture in the first few days of school will be shared. 

Session I:  Thursday, August 19th, 2021 at 5pm EDT (60-minute Session)
Session II: Thursday, August 26th, 2021 at 5pm EDT (60-minute Session)

Audience: K-8 Teachers of Mathematics

* You can register a total of 2 teacher(s) per school.
* Complimentary registration for regular member schools. Invitational schools: 50 USD
* Registration closes August 10, 2021.




Erma Anderson is a former high school physics and mathematics teacher and Albert Einstein Distinguished Fellow in the United States Senate. She was a Senior Program Officer with the National Research Council assisting in the development of the National Science Education Standards and a Christa McAuliffe Fellow with the National Foundation for the Improvement of Education. She has worked with the National Science Teachers Association on several projects including, the Mentoring Initiative e-Mentoring for Student Success (eMSS), development of sciLINKS (www.sciLINKS.org) and Project Manager of Scope, Sequence and Coordination of Secondary School Science, a science curriculum reform project of NSTA. She was Associate Project Director for the Council for Basic Education’s Schools Around the World (www.s-a-w.org) project, developing and implementing the Evidence to Excellence protocol and a series of professional development activities that use student work from nine participating countries to enhance the teaching and learning of mathematics and science. She worked with the Council in the writing of state and district curriculum frameworks and benchmarking of state standards to NAEP and Japanese Standards, and designing a tool for reviewing state science frameworks.  

She has considerable experience developing and facilitating workshops, on site and online with multiple national entities such as Educational Field Studies; National Institute of Medicine; United States Forestry Service; National Park Service, the Jason Project, Kidsnet, school districts, and states. Currently she is a Mathematics and Science consultant working with international schools on implementing the AERO Common Core Plus Mathematics Standards and the Next Generation Science Standards. She also serves as Project Director of the Math Specialist in International Schools (MSIS) initiative. In the past fourteen years, she has facilitated conversations about the K to 12 math and science curriculum, instruction, and assessment in over 130 international schools.