AISA PLI: Embedding SEL Competencies into Math Instruction

AISA, in partnership with the AERO will be seeking to help learners grasp the strategies for embedding SEL competencies into math routines and instruction.
  • Professional Learning Institutes
  • Teachers of mathematics to students in K – Grade 8
  • Virtual
  • September - 2021
  • The sessions will take place on Thurs 30th Sept. and Thurs 7th Oct.


This learning event is FREE for educators working at AISA member schools.

Decades of research have made it clear that social and emotional habits and skills (e.g., self-awareness, self-regulation, communication, empathy) are related to learning math and life success.

The AERO Standards for Mathematical Practice specify that students solve real-world and mathematical problems by working effectively with peers; formulating, communicating and critiquing arguments; and persevering through difficulty. As students internalize these mathematical practices, they engage in intra- and interpersonal social and emotional skills, the Social Emotional Learning (SEL) competencies.

As a result of attending this institute, participants can expect to:

  1. Understand the synergy between Math and SEL
  2. Gain practice insight into how to combine Math and SEL into teaching and learning
  3. Examine how to create a positive learning culture with SEL competencies at the start of the school year

This learning institute will comprise of two sessions:

Date: Thur. 30 SEPT 2021
Time: 15:00 – 16:00 GMT

This session will investigate the strong connections between the AERO Standards for Mathematical Practice and key social and emotional learning competencies and how purposeful practice can integrate these competencies into instruction and assessment.

Date: Thur. 07 OCT 2021
Time: 15:00 – 16:00 GMT
This session will focus on strategies for embedding SEL competencies into math routines and instruction. Relevant examples and resources for creating a positive math culture in the first few days of school will be shared.


  • Erma Anderson
    Science & Mathematics Consultant

    Erma is a former high school physics and mathematics teacher and Albert Einstein Distinguished Fellow in the United States Senate. She was a Senior Program Officer with the National Research Council assisting in the development of the National Science Education Standards and a Christa McAuliffe Fellow with the National Foundation for the Improvement of Education.

    Erma has worked with the National Science Teachers Association on several projects including, the Mentoring Initiative e-Mentoring for Student Success (eMSS), the development of sciLINKS ( and Project Manager of Scope, Sequence and Coordination of Secondary School Science, a science curriculum reform project of NSTA.

    Erma has considerable experience developing and facilitating workshops in science and mathematics, on-site and online with formal and informal education entities such as Educational Field Studies; National Institute of Medicine; United States Forestry Service; National Park Service, the Jason Project, Kidsnet, school districts, and states. Currently, she is an independent science/ mathematics consultant working primarily with the Office of Overseas Schools AERO Project.

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