Shauna Tominey, Ph.D.
Associate Research Scientist
Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence

Keynote: A Compassionate, Resilient Society: Social and Emotional Skills for Learning and Life

Description: If you had to choose one word to describe the society you would like our youth to grow up in, what would it be? Happy? Productive? Compassionate? Resilient? When I ask this question to parents and educators, these are the words I hear most often. No one ever says: “mathematical” or “literate.” Math and literacy skills, however, are those that our educators are accountable for teaching to our children and youth. These skills are an important part of a well-rounded education, but who is accountable for teaching the social and emotional skills needed to create a society that is happy, productive, compassionate, and resilient? Social and emotional skills predict a wide range of positive outcomes, including academic achievement. Learn about the importance of social and emotional skills for positive youth development and walk away with strategies for supporting these important skills.

Shauna will also lead the afternoon session on Social and Emotional Learning in the early childhood years.


About Shauna 

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Shauna Tominey is an Associate Research Scientist and the Director of Early Childhood Programming and Teacher Education at the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence. As a former educator and family service professional, Dr. Tominey blends practical experience with research to develop and test programs that promote social and emotional skills for children, youth, and adults in under-resourced populations. Dr. Tominey was named one of 67 influential educators of 2015 by and one of seven heroes who made a difference in 2015 by Deseret News. She recently co-authored a book titled: “Stop, Think, Act: Integrating Self-Regulation in the Early Childhood Classroom.” Dr. Tominey holds undergraduate degrees in Music and Psychology from the University of Washington, an M.S. in Family Studies and Human Services from Kansas State University, and a Ph.D. in Human Development and Family Sciences from Oregon State University.