Social Emotional Learning for Positive School Climate – Middle School

Enhancing Knowledge, Efficacy and Practices for Educators

The University of Missouri’s new Social Emotional Learning for Positive School Climate – Middle School ECHO supports teachers and administrators serving 6th-8th grades. An expert team will guide educators in efforts toward building self-efficacy for social- emotional learning, reducing feelings of burnout, and cultivating positive relationships with students. Participants will learn to promote students’ prosocial behavior, school belonging, engagement in class learning activities, and academic achievement. This cohort ECHO requires participants to attend nine interactive and collaborative online learning sessions and two additional webinars the second Wednesday of the month from 3:45-5 p.m. Click here to download flyer. Click below to register.


Participation Supports Research

This ECHO is part of a research study. U.S. educators for the 6th-8th grades are eligible to participate if they agree to commit to nine sessions and two additional webinars lasting 75 minutes (must have 80% attendance), submit a case, complete surveys, administer surveys to their students, and participate in a focus group at the end of the cohort. Compensation of $200 is available for time spent on data collection. Benefits include free professional development opportunities, and hope that participation will improve student and teacher experiences in the classroom. Contact Nicole Brass,, 573-882-3701, for information about the research component of this ECHO.

Meet Our Team

Sara Prewett, PhD, Teacher-Student Relationship Development Specialist, Marzano Research

Christopher Slaten, PhD, Student Mental Health and School Climate Specialist, University of Missouri

Jennifer Weyman, PhD, Student Behavior Specialist, University of Missouri

Christi Bergin, EdS, PhD, Prosocial Education Specialist, University of Missouri

Chad Rose, PhD, Bully Prevention, Equity and Inclusion Specialist, University of Missouri

Lindsay Brockmeier, MA, School Counselor, University of Missouri