AACIA Conference

2021 AACIA Digital Conference
January 27, 2021


Academic learning may be the explicit focus of schooling, but what teachers say, the values we express, the materials and activities we chose, and the skills we prioritize all influence how our students think, see themselves, interact with content and with others, and assert themselves in the world. While social and emotional learning (SEL) is most familiar as compartmentalized programs or specific interventions, the truth is, all learning is social and emotional.  This session makes the case for taking a deliberate approach to the “hidden curriculum” already being taught, presenting a five-part model of SEL that’s easy to integrate into everyday content instruction. You’ll learn the whys and hows of the following:

  • Building students’ sense of identity and their belief in their ability to learn, overcome challenge, and influence the world around them.
  • Helping students identify, describe, and regulate their emotional responses.
  • Promoting the skills of cognitive regulation critical to decision making and problem solving.
  • Fostering students’ social skills—including teamwork and sharing—and their ability to establish and repair relationships.
  • Equipping students to becoming active and involved citizens.

Our children’s emotional development is too important to be an add-on or an afterthought, too important to be left to chance. This integrated approach to SEL empowers every teacher to help students develop skills that will serve them in the classroom and throughout their lives.

Douglas Fisher, PhD, is professor of educational leadership at San Diego State University and a teacher leader at Health Sciences High and Middle College in California. He teaches courses on instructional improvement, lesson design and delivery, policy, research, and literacy. He has served on the boards of directors for the California Reading Association, International Reading Association, and Literacy Research Association.

Dr. Fisher has written numerous articles on reading and literacy, differentiated instruction, and curriculum design. His books include Checking for Understanding, Better Learning Through Structured Teaching, and Rigorous Reading. 




$105 per AAEA Member
$155 for Non-Members
$10 Discount per person for teams of 5 or more. Use code 2021AACIATEAM
Monday, January 25, 2021 is the last day to register.


Lenett Thrasher
Director of Learning Services

Marty Smith
Member Relations Manager