EI & education: where to begin?

Q: After 20+ years in public & private education, I had to get out in order to redirect my energies for the last decade of service. My expertise has always been developing holistic education and emotional intelligence while struggling to maintain academic standards. I am now searching to get a certification to allow reentry to system. Any ideas or guidance?

A: The movement in social/emotional learning is flourishing, with more and more schools, both public and private, implementing these programs.  The main clearinghouse for information on this approach to education is the Consortium for Research on Academic, Social and Emotional Learning, www.casel.org.  I’d recommend you look at the programs and schools applying SEL, and affiliate with one of those. Your background sounds as if you would be well-suited for this already, without needing additional certification.  Good luck!