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Maurice J. Elias, Ph.D., Keynote Speaker

Wednesday, Oct. 25 at 11 a.m.

What do our students need to be successful in 2027… and beyond?

Countless studies and reports agree with the World Economic Forum, that students need outstanding social-emotional skills to be successful in school, family, community, workplace, and civic life… regardless of what new technologies emerge in the future. For students to achieve those skills, they must attend schools dedicated to promoting their social-emotional competence and character.

Maurice J. Elias, Ph.D., a nationally-recognized expert on social-emotional and character development, will present the keynote address at Workshop 2017, which will elaborate on why and how school leaders must make the commitment to create schools that will prepare students for the tests of life.

Dr. Elias, a professor in the Psychology Department at Rutgers University, is director of Rutgers’ Social-Emotional and Character Development Lab. He has received the Sanford McDonnell Award for Lifetime Achievement in Character Education, and the Joseph E. Zins Memorial Senior Scholar Award for Social-Emotional Learning from the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL).

Books he has authored or co-authored include: Emotionally Intelligent Parenting: How to Raise a Self-Disciplined, Responsible, Socially Skilled Child; The Educator’s Guide to Emotional Intelligence and Academic Achievement: Social-Emotional Learning in the Classroom, Talking Treasure: Stories to Help Build Emotional Intelligence and Resilience in Young Children, Schools of Social-Emotional Competence and Character; Urban Dreams: Stories of Hope, Character, and Resilience and, most recently, The Joys & Oys of Parenting. He also writes a blog on social-emotional and character development at

Dr. Elias will appear in the Exhibit Hall Theater on Wednesday, Oct. 25 at 11 a.m.