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For Immediate Release: October 21, 2011

The Wellesley Centers for Women (WCW) continues its fall lunchtime seminar series November 3rd with “Using Children’s Literature to Support Social and Emotional Learning,” presented by Peg Sawyer, B.S.Ed. Anyone who has read aloud to children has seen that stories can evoke strong emotional responses and can stimulate new ways children view themselves and others. It is this potential for emotional and intellectual engagement that makes children’s literature such a powerful resource for anyone engaged in children’s social and emotional development. In this presentation, Sawyer will offer a brief overview of the field of social and emotional learning, and provide examples of literature that connect to some key developmental skill areas: self-awareness, self-management, empathy, dealing with conflict, and problem-solving. Attendees will gain awareness of the characteristics of books that make possible the weaving of social and emotional learning with language arts and reading instruction. The presentation is intended for adults, but the literature presented is appropriate for children in preschool through grade 5. Peg Sawyer is a trainer and coach with the Open Circle program at WCW.

Lunchtime seminars are held Thursdays, 12:30-1:30 p.m. at the Centers' Cheever House location, 828 Washington Street, Wellesley. The programs are free and open to the public. Bring your lunch, WCW will provide tea and coffee. To confirm program line-up, call 781.283.2500 or visit

The Wellesley Centers for Women is one of the largest gender-focused research-and-action organizations in the world. Scholars at the Centers conduct social science research and evaluation, develop theory and publications, and implement training programs on issues that put women’s lives and women’s concerns at the center. Since 1974, our work has generated changes in attitudes, practices, and public policy.