Guest Talk: The Intersection of SEL, Virtue and Spirituality, with Jeffrey Kress

"Fostering Growth in Values-Guided, Socially Skilled, Self-Integrated, Community-Enhancing Behavior"

This event is open to all

Feb 11

6:00 PM - 7:15 PM

Russell Hall 306

Gottesman Libraries 3rd Floor

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Jeffrey S. Kress, PhD is the Bernard Heller Professor of Jewish Education at the William Davidson Graduate School of Jewish Education at the Jewish Theological Seminary. Dr. Kress is interested in the intersection of the social, emotional, and elements of education, and how these can come together to promote learning and positive character and identity development. He has written about applications to of these elements not only to schools but also to informal settings such as summer camps. His book Development, Learning, and Community: Educating for Identity in Pluralistic Jewish High Schools (Academic Studies Press, 2012) won a National Jewish Book Award. In addition, he is the editor a volume titled Growing Jewish Minds, Growing Jewish Souls: Promoting Spiritual, Social, and Emotional Growth in Jewish Education (URJ Press, 2013). Dr. Kress is the coauthor, with Drs. Bernard Novick and Maurice Elias, of Building Learning Communities with Character: How to Integrate Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, 2002), and, with Dr. Maurice Elias of the forthcoming book Nurturing Students’ Character: Everyday Teaching Activities for Social-Emotional Learning (Routledge). Dr. Kress has also worked as a Program Development Specialist for the Social Decision Making/Social Problem Solving program of University Behavioral Health Care, Rutgers University. He holds a doctorate in clinical psychology from Rutgers University.

This event is co-sponsored by the Social Emotional Learning Society (SELS) which is dedicated to inspire and encourage the use of SEL programs and concepts in all educational settings. This community is deeply invested in the social and emotional considerations of our students, parents, faculty, and other stakeholders. If you are interested in getting involved in the Social and Emotional Learning Society, please email

Persons interested in attending may rsvp by Monday, February 10th.

Where: 306 Russell


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Last Updated: 12:00 pm, Friday, Feb 7 , 2020