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SEL is a critical aid for educators to help guide and support students to become more emotionally aware and intelligent. It not only improves student academic performance, but also empowers SEL learners to manage their emotions and set positive goals beyond the classroom. Hear from WINGS supporters, SEL experts, and WINGS team members in this collection of informative videos. You’ll learn more about our organization, trauma-informed practices, positive feedback strategies, and more.

What is Wings for Kids?


Video Length: 5:24

In this introductory video, Bridget Laird, the CEO of Wings for Kids, discusses when Wings for Kids was founded, how its curriculum developed over the years, and why it is such an important curriculum to share with any teacher, parent, or caregiver.

Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion in Social Emotional Learning


Video Length: 4:06

Ashley Tucker, is a special educator and school leader in Brooklyn, New York. In this video, Ashley shares how she believes that diversity, equity, inclusion, and social emotional learning are directly linked and explains how to make these connections in your classroom on a daily basis.

What is Trauma?


Video Length: 5:49

Lee Hilton, a Wings for Kids Performance Measurement Analyst and Licensed Clinical Counselor, will describe all the ways trauma can happen to a child and all of the ways that an adult can spot the warning signs that a child is experiencing it and be more empathetic about understanding it.

What is Social Emotional Learning (SEL)?


Video Length: 5:11

Cheryl Hollis, the Wings for Kids Director of Programs, explains the five core social and emotional competencies defined by the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL)—self-awareness, self-management, responsible decision-making, social awareness, and relationship skills — and how each contributes to student achievement, attitude, and future success.

Tips for Using Soar with Wings in the Classroom


Video Length: 4:36

Peter Panico, a fifth-grade teacher in Charlotte, NC will explain how he approaches Social Emotional Learning (SEL) in his classroom and guide fellow educators to consider how to incorporate SEL with support from Soar with Wings resources into their own classroom culture.

How to Praise a Child


Video Length: 6:17

Mallory Dorsey, the Program Quality Manager for Wings for Kids, explores three techniques that Wings Leaders—and educators across the country—can use to integrate praise and positive communication into their classrooms.

SEL & Mental Health


Video Length: 5:35

Heather Williams, LPC, NCC, is the owner of Harmony Counseling, Coaching, and Consulting in Atlanta, Georgia. In this video, Heather speaks to the mental well-being of kids today – post-pandemic – and how social emotional learning can be your students’ superpower.

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