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Rachelle Rogers-Ard, Ed.D., will lead a course on social-emotional learning

Rachelle Rogers-Ard, Ed.D.

If you think emotions don’t belong in the workplace, it’s time to revisit that assumption. Developing an emotional understanding of your colleagues — and demonstrating respect for their skills, preferences, backgrounds, experiences and other elements of diversity — is key to building and working as a high-functioning team.

One of the most important concepts to explore in this mindset is social-emotional learning (SEL), the process through which we acquire and apply knowledge, skills and attitudes around emotional awareness, This includes developing healthy identities, managing emotions, achieving personal and collective goals, developing and demonstrating empathy, establishing and maintaining healthy relationships and making responsible and caring decisions.

Build your knowledge of SEL by joining UCOP for an interactive workshop, Social Emotional Learning at Work, led by SEL expert, author and educator Rachelle Rogers-Ard, Ed.D. Attendees will learn the basic elements of SEL and discover how to embed these concepts within our UCOP competencies at work. Social Emotional Learning at Work is a two-session course, taking place on Friday, Feb. 2, and Friday, Feb. 7, from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. (PT).

Register online here through the UC Learning Center

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About the instructor

Rachelle Rogers-Ard, Ed.D., is a published author, adjunct professor, school district administrator, and organizational development specialist with over 25 years of experience. She has led several previous UCOP courses and workshops, including the Continuing the Conversation on Race course series and Social Emotional Learning At Work: Creating Connection and Belonging at UCOP.

Below is feedback from UCOP colleagues who have taken her courses:

  • “Rachelle was very well prepared and easily explained to us a very complex subject.”
  • “Dr. Rogers-Ard is patient in her teaching method; she creates spaces in which all participants can think freely and be vulnerable.”
  • “What I liked most about the course is Dr. Rogers-Ard’s ability to gently push me out of my comfort zone and to think deeply and seriously about methods of self-improvement. She challenges each student to be vulnerable without judgment. I truly enjoy her courses.”
  • “The inclusiveness of the presenter really stood out to me.”
  • “Dr. Rogers-Ard made the class feel truly interactive. By the time we entered breakout rooms, I think we all felt a sense of trust and comfort even though we often did not know each other personally.”

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