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How to address the growing need for social and emotional intelligence

Release date: October 24, 2022

The topic of this episode was suggested to me by the Arizona Center for Afterschool Excellence, which is that state’s professional association for out-of-school time programs (OST). Its member organizations were reporting some troubling incidents that involved, what they perceived to be, increasingly dysregulated students, staff, and parents. Their observations are anecdotal, but, as you will hear from my guest, Angel Jannasch-Pennell, they are indicative of some very real trends. Angel has a lifetime of experience working on educational issues as a teacher, a researcher, an administrator, and, for the last decade, as the co-founder and CEO of KOI Education, a firm that has trained thousands of educators and direct service providers on subjects like Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) and behavior management. This interview was recorded in front of a live audience on October 22nd, 2022, at the Arizona Center of Afterschool Excellence’s annual conference. More information about Angel and KOI Education can be found below.

Biography of Angel Jannasch-Pennell

Dr. Angel Jannasch-Pennell is a leader in the field of education, and the co-founder of KOI Education. Angel has spent her career in education connecting people and projects with meaningful results that impact the future of our children and youth.

In addition to writing and directing multimillion dollar national and international research projects for universities, departments of education, and local schools, her broader experience in education comes from working directly to improve the lives of students with emotional and behavioral disorders. She has worked as a classroom teacher, college professor, researcher, university VP, as well as, served on the board of a local urban school district. Dr. Pennell specializes in school-wide systems change including Positive Behavior Interventions and Support (PBIS) & MTSS and classroom and behavior management strategies.


Arizona Center for Afterschool Excellence

KOI Education




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