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Making SEL Stick: Building a program to grow with your students and change with the times

Whether creating an SEL program from scratch or adopting an established curriculum, leaders must secure SEL materials that are adaptable, responsible, and resilient—just like the students they serve. Sadly, untrained and under-resourced teachers are often left on their own to instruct on SEL competencies, leading to lessons that risk being confusing or ineffective, even harmful.

Join us as we discuss finding tools to support your SEL program, what to look for from SEL vendors (and what to avoid) and how to make sure your SEL materials grow and adapt with your school or district without becoming stale or stodgy. We'll touch on...

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About the presenters

Christina Pirzada

Senior Product Manager, Newsela

Christina spearheaded the development of Newsela’s Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Collection in response to teacher and administrator needs for engaging and accessible SEL content that is ready to integrate across the curriculum. In her role, Christina focuses on designing content products that solve teachers’ biggest ELA and SEL challenges so learners cultivate the critical thinking and 21st century skills for success in school, career, and life. After teaching middle school literacy in Nashville, TN, Christina continued her teaching career in San Jose, CA where she taught all subjects and developed curriculum. She holds her Master’s degree in Education Instructional Practice and English Language Learning.

Alexa Beechler

Learning & Engagement Manager, Newsela

Alexa works with teachers and districts in developing engaging and authentic ways to approach learning with Newsela. She also contributes to the creation of SEL tools and resources for teachers to use in tandem with Newsela. With six years of experience as an elementary teacher, Alexa has guided teachers and districts in considering how authentic SEL instruction classroom can best be facilitated. Alexa currently works with teachers in districts found in California, Utah, Nevada, Arizona, and New Mexico. She holds a Bilingual Teaching Credential in California, as well as a Master’s in Educational Technology.


Tyson Jurgens

Senior Marketing Manager, Newsela

Tyson is the senior marketing manager at Newsela, sharing stories and news about the company to customers and noncustomers alike. His personal mission is to help educators make their work as effective and rewarding as possible. An EdTech enthusiast, his past experience includes working in the marketing and client services departments for tools like SchoolSpring, TalentEd, SearchSoft, Teacher Match, and PeopleAdmin. He has his M.A. in Educational Leadership and his M.B.A. from Saint Louis University. He began his career teaching 2nd grade in Kansas City Public Schools.