Dear Café Scientifiquers, our next café will happen on Tuesday, November 27th at 7:30pm in the back room at Yagger’s Downtown (433 W Pender). Our speaker for the evening will be Dr. Eva Oberle, Assistant Professor with the Human Early Learning Partnership in the School of Population and Public Health at UBC. Her topic will be:

Why should we teach social and emotional learning in schools?

In the present talk, Dr. Oberle discusses research supporting the importance of teaching social and emotional learning (SEL) in schools. She argues that time spent on SEL does not take away time from academic learning; instead, research has shown that it facilitates and promotes academic success. Students’ social-emotional development and wellbeing are discussed at several levels within the school (classroom, school wide climate) and the role of teachers’ own social-emotional wellbeing in schools is discussed.

Dr. Oberle is an Assistant Professor with the Human Early Learning Partnership in the School of Population and Public Health at UBC. Previously, she completed graduate studies in psychology at the University of Heidelberg, earned a PhD in Educational Psychology from UBC, and conducted research as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Illinois at Chicago and at CASEL.

Her main research interests are factors linked to positive child development, and how to promote mental health and wellbeing in the school context. Her main focus is on social and emotional learning in schools, risk and resilience, and positive youth development. Her research investigates the role of peer relationships, relationships with adults (e.g., family members, teachers, mentors) and school-level factors (e.g., classroom climate) in achieving positive, healthy, and successful child outcomes. She conducts quantitative research with population-based data, intervention evaluations, and large-scale cross sectional and longitudinal studies. In her research, Dr. Oberle takes a whole-child approach, understanding child development within the ecological contexts in which children grow (i.e., home, school, neighborhood, society).


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