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SEL Convergence

SEL Convergence

By Thom Stecher
Fireside chats about whole child (and adult) Social Emotional Learning.
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36: Systems of Support with Dr. Meg Givnish Brezina
Thom sits with Dr. Meg Givnish Brezina to discuss the health and well-being of educators and how they can begin or continue to care for themselves in today's school environment.
September 23, 2022
35: Happiness 101 with Deb Langol
Thom sits down with Deb Langol to talk about the practice of teaching happiness in school and how students have responded to these practices.
May 09, 2022
34: Changing the Climate in Your Building with Chiara Bouchard and Brittany Hagan
Thom speaks with Chiara and Brittany who are making an immediate and significant positive change in their school's culture.
May 02, 2022
33: COLA with Chris Felton
Thom sits with Chris Felton to explore how to provide students with continuous opportunities for learning and achievement.
April 25, 2022
32: Wisdom with Dr. Yvonne Kaye
Thom and Yvonne sit down to talk about history, empowerment and understanding what children know and feel. Dr. Yvonne Kaye
April 15, 2022
31: Living an Intentional 3x5 Life with Bryan and Jessie McFarland
In this episode, Bryan and Jessie McFarland share their purpose-driven productivity system, 3x5 Life, and how intentionality and purpose can foster wellness and success. Bryan & Jessie McFarland 3x5 Life Contact
March 30, 2022
30: Six Gears of Learning and Leadership with Julia Skolnik
Julia Skolnik is fireside once again to speak with Thom about the essential components of learning and leadership. Julia Skolnik
March 04, 2022
29: The Gratitude Girls
So many guests! This time around Thom gets a chance to talk to a school team that is making SEL work in the real world!
January 07, 2022
28: Polarization with Geena Flores
Geena Flores is back again to explain the polarizing forces present in our society and how bridges can be built to meet on common ground.
December 24, 2021
27: The Convergence of Trauma with Geena Flores
Geena Flores, Social Studies teacher, joins Thom to talk about the trauma that exists inside our students and the very real historical roots of that trauma.
December 17, 2021
26: Impacting Your Practice Using Neuroscience with Julia Skolnik and Dave Baugh
How can we leverage what we know about how to brain works to impact teaching and learning? Listen to find out! Thom Stecher Julia Skolnik Dave Baugh LinkedIn
December 13, 2021
25: Dignity, Ethics, and Integrity with Dr. Jim Scanlon
In this episode, Thom sits down with Jim Scanlon, educational leadership consultant and retired superintendent of schools, to discuss the impact of current events on schools, educators, and children.
November 22, 2021
24: Essential Services with Pamela Hackett
Thom sits down with Pamela Hackett, managing partner of Pediatric Therapeutic Services, to discuss essential services for educators and students. Pamela Hackett, MPT Pediatric Therapeutic Services, Inc. 525 FAYETTE STREET CONSHOHOCKEN, PA 19428 610.941.7020 Main 610-941-7792 Fax
July 30, 2021
23: Insights from Brain Science for Education with Julia Skolnik
Julia Skolnik, Chief Learning Officer and Founder of Professional Learning Partnerships, joins Thom in this episode to discuss of learning works in the brain and how schools can transform learning and culture rooted in the science of the brain and learning. Julia Skolnik, MSEd Chief Learning Officer & Founder Professional Learning Partnerships LLC (267) 691-1610 Twitter: @Julia_Skolnik LinkedIn
July 16, 2021
22: Enneagram with Dennis Tallon
In this episode, Dennis Tallon pulls up a chair to discuss Enneagram personality types and how essential relationships are in everything that we do. Dennis J. Tallon, Owner/Founder of Tallon Consulting Group
July 02, 2021
21: Fueling Schools with Dr. Kelley Munger
Pull up a chair and sit by the fire as Thom talks with Dr. Kelley Munger about developing resilient, trauma-informed educators. Please excuse the audio quality. We are recording remotely and we think that the quality of the conversation is worth the sacrifice of audio quality. Thank you for listening! Dr. Kelley Munger Instagram/Twitter: @fueledschools
May 28, 2021
20: Linking STEM to Careers with Dale Keshishian
Join us fireside for a discussion with Dale Keshishian. Dale is the CEO of HealthWorks Academies and is transforming education to attract and develop the next generation of healthcare professionals; combining the goals and needs of both the individual student and the community at large. To learn more about HealthWorks Academies you can visit their website at or contact Dale. Dale Keshishian
May 15, 2021
19: Visioning Onward with Dr. Patschke
Dr. Melissa Patschke, co-author of "Visioning Onward: A Guide for ALL Schools", joins us for a conversation about visioning in schools and the important role that all stakeholders have in the process. If you'd like to check out the book for yourself, you can find it here: Amazon Dr. Melissa Patschke Twitter: @Melissapatschke
March 31, 2021
18: Diversity & Equity: Part 3
Part 3 is here! Thom's conversation with Krista Leh (Educational Consultant specializing in SEL, Diversity & Equity) and Jamillah Parker (School social worker) on diversity and equity moves towards the idea of systemic change. This is the third episode in a multi-part series. This was recorded remotely so please forgive any sound hiccups you may hear.
September 08, 2020
17: Diversity & Equity: Part 2
We are back for part 2! Thom continues his conversation with Krista Leh (Educational Consultant specializing in SEL, Diversity & Equity) and Jamillah Parker (School social worker) on diversity and equity. This is the second episode in a multi-part series. Krista Leh @Krista_Leh Jamillah Parker @Jamillah_Parker SEL Convergence is honored to have been included in Feedspot's Top 10 Social Emotional Learning Podcasts. Check out the list!
August 08, 2020
16: Diversity & Equity: Part 1
In this episode, Thom connects virtually with Krista Leh (Educational Consultant specializing in SEL, Diversity & Equity) and Jamillah Parker (School social worker) to begin a conversation on diversity and equity. This is the first episode in a multi-part series. Krista Leh @Krista_Leh Jamillah Parker @Jamillah_Parker
July 21, 2020
15: The Center of Wellness
In this episode, Mike Quintans joins us fireside to discuss the intricacies of physical wellness and how our physical wellbeing is connected to the rest of what makes us human. SEL Convergence is honored to have been included in Feedspot's Top 10 Social Emotional Learning Podcasts. Check out the list!
April 10, 2020
14: Spring-Ford is United
In this episode, Thom and Mike travel to Spring-Ford High School to meet with the teachers and students who are living SEL every day in their school community. Thom takes us through the process of this amazingly successful program.
March 04, 2020
13: Can I go to the nurse?
Thom brings Becky Kilfoy, School Nurse, and Sarah Weber, School Counselor, into the studio to talk about their unique and powerful collaboration at West Vincent Elementary School. Becky Kilfoy Twitter: @NurseKilfoy Blog: Sarah Weber Email:
February 09, 2020
12: Mindfulness
In this episode, Thom invites Brian Aikens of Insight Minds into the studio to discuss the role that mindfulness can and should play for educators and their students. Brian can be found: Twitter: @Insight_Minds Instagram: @insight_minds Web:
January 03, 2020
11: The Unicorn Squad - An SEL Tale
In this episode, Thom invites a special guest into the studio to talk about how integrating SEL has reshaped her classroom.
September 02, 2019
10: What is LifeSkills?
Thom and Mike take the show on the road in this episode! Recorded at the LifeSkills Conference in Elizabethtown, they sit down with two very invested staff members to talk about the impact of their work.
August 18, 2019
9: It's Just Business
In this episode of SEL Convergence we push into uncomfortable territory and address one of the most pervasive problems in the professional world. "It's Just Business" is an attempt to remove emotion from a relationship.
April 22, 2019
8: Soft Skills
There's no such thing as a soft skill, just a soft heart. A soft heart can't be supported by anything less than a strong foundation.
April 12, 2019
7: Wellness
Thom and Mike welcome Jessie McFarland into the studio to talk about the aspects of wellness that so many of us sacrifice while serving others. Remember, you can't pour from an empty cup.
January 15, 2019
6: Gratitude
This time we are digging deeper into the science of please and thank you. Gratitude is often given away to others, but we receive a lot in return.
January 08, 2019
5: Kindness
Kindness is survival. We are hardwired for it despite the social norms that we so often find ourselves trapped in.
January 01, 2019
4: Empathy
What is empathy? Is it just a buzzword or is it a reasarched and proven component of human success?
December 25, 2018
3: Classroom Community - Part 2
In this two-part podcast, Thom and Mike take a detailed approach in explaining how a strong classroom community is founded and nurtured.
December 18, 2018
2: Classroom Community - Part 1
In this two-part podcast, Thom and Mike take a detailed approach in explaining how a strong classroom community is founded and nurtured.
December 11, 2018
1: What is Social Emotional Learning?
A first conversation with Thom Stecher about his foundations for Social Emotional Learning and it's importance in education.
December 04, 2018