Huddle Up With Wendy Turner: Why student success starts with educator well-being

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Welcome to Huddle Up, your go-to source for the top insights on how social media, tech, and current events shape student learning, well-being, and future success. In our first episode, we huddle up with award-winning educator, Wendy Turner. 

Did you know that 97% of principals believe teaching students life skills education in school will improve their behavior, learning, and development? (Source: CASEL) But what happens when we expand this focus on well-being to include educators, too?

In our first Huddle Up episode, we huddle with Wendy Turner, 2017 Delaware Teacher of the Year and author of “Embracing Adult SEL: An Educator’s Guide to Personal Social Emotional Learning Success.” Together, we explore practical strategies for seamlessly integrating character development into your classroom while focusing on educator well-being. After all, students can’t be what they can’t see. 

Watch now to huddle up with us and:

  • Gain insights that foster positive and emotionally intelligent learning environments for students
  • Discover actionable strategies for incorporating life skills education seamlessly into your classroom (and your life!)
  • Explore practical tips for a more fulfilling and impactful teaching career 

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Wendy Turner is an educator, author, advocate, and teacher leader. She changed careers at age 40 to become a teacher and after six years in the classroom, was honored as the Delaware Teacher of the Year in 2017. Wendy is an experienced elementary educator in Wilmington, Delaware. With passion, she embraces social-emotional learning personally, as well as professionally, while delivering dynamic learning experiences for her students, working to foster a safe and supportive learning environment for her students that is trauma-informed and infused with SELShe also works to build capacity in others to do the same. Her first book. Embracing Adult SEL: An Educator’s Guide to Personal Social Emotional Learning Success, was published in 2023. Throughout her career, she has been honored with awards and recognition including a Presidential Award for Excellence Teaching Science, a Delaware Compassion Champion Award, an Outstanding STEM Educator Award, an NEA Educator Excellence Award as well as an NEA Foundation Global Learning Fellowship with fieldwork in South Africa. Wendy served as the teacher leader on the Delaware State Board of Education for 2 years. She continues to facilitate professional learning on trauma and social-emotional learning both locally and nationally and regularly contributes to education blogs, articles, and podcasts on these topics as well.  Wendy loves to spend time with her husband, two teenagers, and their German Shepherd. Her hobbies include travel, reading, spending time in nature, running, movies, the beach, lifelong learning, and routing for the Green Bay Packers.