Transformational K-12 Speaker


As a former school educator and leader, I recognize the significance of nurturing not only the IQ but also the EQ (Emotional Intelligence) of our students and staff. Let’s prioritize the holistic development of our school community by fostering both intellectual brilliance and emotional well-being, ensuring a balanced and enriching educational experience. Through SEL practices, I actively engage with students to cultivate essential career and life skills, empowering them to navigate challenges, build resilience, and thrive in both academic and

Keynote – Seminar – Breakout Session Workshops

Student Success: Fostering Career and Life Skills Through SEL

These sessions encompass the five core components of Social and Emotional Learning (SEL): self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision-making. These components align closely with the objectives and activities of the workshop on goal setting and proactive planning for student success.


In the alignment of CASEL components with the 5 C Framework, we see a harmonious integration of social-emotional learning principles with the essential aspects of career readiness.

Here's how each element of the CASEL model corresponds to the facets of the 5 C Framework:

Self-Awareness (CASEL) - Clarity (5 C Framework)

CASEL's self-awareness component emphasizes recognizing one's emotions, values, strengths, and weaknesses. This directly aligns with the clarity aspect of the 5 C Framework, where students gain a clear understanding of their goals and aspirations. By fostering self-awareness, students can articulate their aspirations more effectively, paving the way for purposeful goal-setting and planning.

Self-Management (CASEL) - Challenge Identification (5 C Framework)

Self-management skills in CASEL involve regulating emotions, managing stress, and setting achievable goals. This corresponds closely to the challenge identification aspect of the 5 C Framework, where students identify obstacles and challenges on their path to achieving their goals. By developing self-management skills, students can navigate challenges effectively and stay focused on their objectives, enhancing their readiness for future career endeavors.

Social Awareness (CASEL) - Connection (5 C Framework)

CASEL's social awareness component focuses on understanding and empathizing with others' perspectives and experiences. This aligns with the connection aspect of the 5 C Framework, which underscores the importance of building connections and networks to support career readiness. By cultivating social awareness, students develop interpersonal skills essential for building meaningful connections, collaborating with others, and accessing support networks critical for their career development.

Relationship Skills (CASEL) - Connection (5 C Framework)

Relationship skills in CASEL encompass effective communication, active listening, cooperation, and conflict resolution. These skills are vital for building connections and fostering collaboration in career readiness, aligning closely with the connection aspect of the 5 C Framework. By honing relationship skills, students can establish and maintain positive relationships, contributing to a supportive and collaborative environment conducive to their career growth and success.

Responsible Decision-Making (CASEL) - Competence & Confidence (5 C Framework)

CASEL's responsible decision-making component emphasizes making ethical, constructive choices about personal and social behavior. This aligns with both competence and confidence aspects of the 5 C Framework. Students develop competence in making informed decisions by considering their values, goals, and potential consequences. Additionally, responsible decision-making fosters confidence in students' abilities to navigate challenges and opportunities effectively, empowering them to take proactive steps towards their career aspirations with conviction and purpose.

The alignment of CASEL components with the 5 C Framework highlights the significance of social-emotional learning in preparing students for achievement in both their academic and professional endeavors. Through the integration of SEL principles with career readiness, educators foster a comprehensive approach to student growth, providing them with the essential skills, mindset, and resilience essential for flourishing in a constantly changing landscape.

Staff Professional development FROM CONNECTION TO COLLABORATION:


As educators, we often hold high expectations for our students, expecting them to demonstrate impeccable character, respect, and time management skills. However, we frequently overlook the fact that these essential attributes are not innate; they must be cultivated and nurtured over time. Many students have never been explicitly taught these skills, leaving them ill-equipped to navigate the complexities of academic and personal success.


This professional development experience offers educators a transformative perspective shift in how they connect with students and cultivate a culture of collaboration within their school community. By integrating career and life skills development into the 5L Framework, educators gain practical strategies tailored to address the unique needs of students and foster meaningful connections that lead to collaboration and success.

Transformative Perspective Shift

Holistic Approach: Educators shift from viewing students solely through a deficit lens to adopting a holistic approach that recognizes their potential for growth and success.

Building Connection

Rapport Enhancement: Through targeted activities aligned with the 5L Framework, educators deepen rapport with students by actively listening to their aspirations, concerns, and interests.

Culture of Collaboration

Inclusive Community: Educators cultivate an inclusive school culture where empathy, understanding, and mutual respect thrive, creating a safe space for all students to engage and participate.

As educators, it’s imperative that we recognize our role in not only imparting academic knowledge but also in fostering the development of essential life skills. By integrating career and life skills development into the 5L Framework, we can empower our students to thrive academically and personally. Through intentional connection-building, collaboration, and support, we can create a learning environment where every student feels valued, respected, and equipped with the tools they need to succeed in school and beyond.