What educators need to know about emotional intelligence: Part 2 [Webinar]

In this webinar we were joined by Dr. Donna Housman and Emily Stone from The Housman Institute! Dr. Housman and Emily joined us for an interactive webinar all about how heightened emotions in the classroom (such as stress and anxiety) can impact our learning abilities. They walked us through how we can use “heat of the moment” strategies to manage big emotions in the classroom and free up a child’s energy and brain to welcome learning! We learned how emotions are truly at the heart of learning and why fostering emotional intelligence in these years is so critical. This is the second in a 3-part series that you do not want to miss! Keep reading to watch the recording and download the slides!

🎤Our Special Guest:

Dr. Donna Housman – CEO of Housman Institute

Dr. Donna Housman, Ed.D is the founder and CEO of Housman Institute, which conducts research on emotional intelligence in young children and develops high-quality programs to train early childhood educators. Dr. Housman has over thirty-five years of experience as a psychologist in the field of child development and early childhood education. 

Emily Stone – Manager of Curriculum & Coaching at Housman Institute

Emily worked at Housman Institute’s lab school for five years. She began her work teaching preschool and Pre-K and went through years of training from Dr. Donna Housman in the begin to ECSEL program. Emily became the Program Manager where she then trained and coached teachers in their classroom implementation of begin to ECSEL language, tools, and techniques, as well as in their ECSEL-integrated emergent curriculum. Emily’s passion for the program led her to join Housman Institute full time as a Content and Curriculum Development Specialist & Coach. She is now the Manager of Curriculum & Coaching where she writes and oversees content created for the institute’s programs.

🧪Key Learning Outcomes from Dr. Housman & Emily!

  • When feelings are not managed or regulated, thinking can be impaired. When we are able to deal with and manage stress and anxiety, we open up the brain for learning.
  • Developing skills such as problem-solving, persistence, attention, focus and listening are all related to strong self-regulation.
  • Strengthening emotional skills in the first 5 years of live, will strengthen cognition.
  • Children build strong emotional skills and awareness through imitation, observation, guidance, modeling and contingent reactions with their caregivers.
  • What is the long-term impact? Positive self-regulation supports problem solving, increases empathy and academic achievement, decreases behavioral challenges and promotes a strong and positive sense of self.


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Maddie Hutchison

Maddie is a Registered Early Childhood Educator with a Master's in Early Childhood Studies. Her specialty is in Children's Rights and she is currently a Customer Advocacy Specialist for HiMama!

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