PhD student Jenny Woo is dedicated to understanding facets of human development. Her work as a human capital consultant at Deloitte, executive coach at Cisco Systems, and director at a language immersion Montessori school revealed how social emotional learning, critical thinking, mindfulness, self-confidence, empathy, character education, executive function, and critical consciousness impact adult interactions. As she was raising her three children, she realized it was possible to begin early to encourage development of these all-important skills.
Blending her professional and personal expertise with academic knowledge gained from her pursuit of a MBA from Berkeley and a master's in Mind, Brain, and Education from Harvard University, Woo created a deck of social-emotional learning cards - "52 Essential Conversations." Originally intended to help parents and caregivers through potentially difficult conversations with their children, Woo soon realized that "52 Essential Conversations" was useful also for adults, including teachers and psychologists.
The cards in "52 Essential Conversations" cover six categories: self-awareness; relationship skills; self-management; social awareness; responsible decision-making; and diversity, equity, and inclusion. The emphasis is on storytelling through a non-threatening, game-focused approach that explores values and experience.
"52 Essential Conversations" is available from Mind Brain Parenting and from Amazon.
Read more: "The Power of Conversation" from Harvard Graduate School of Education