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In this episode, I interview Dr. Lorea Martinez about social-emotional learning. Dr. Martinez is the author of Teaching with the HEART in Mind: A Complete Educator’s Guide to Social Emotional Learning. She is a true expert in SEL and provides important ideas and key insights into how to make SEL a reality in every classroom. In this interview, she shares her own journey and offers practical strategies teachers can use in their classroom.

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About Dr. Lorea Martinez

Dr. Lorea Martínez is the award-winning founder of HEART in Mind Consulting, a company dedicated to helping schools and organizations integrate Social Emotional Learning in their practices, products, and learning communities. An educator who has worked with children and adults internationally, Dr. Martínez is a faculty member at Columbia University Teachers College, educating aspiring principals in Emotional Intelligence. Her new book for educators, Teaching with the HEART in Mind, is currently available. Previously, she was a special education teacher and administrator. Learn more at

Twitter: @loreamart

Facebook: loreamartinezSEL

About Teaching with the Heart In Mind

Creating better outcomes for your students sometimes means you have to challenge the odds. Academics and standardized assessments aren’t enough. You need to educate both their hearts and minds.

Strengthen your students’ resilience, spark their curiosity for learning, and encourage future success in college, career, and beyond. Be the best teacher you can be and infuse social emotional skills into your teaching of any subject.

In Teaching with the HEART in Mind, Dr. Lorea Martínez Pérez provides a comprehensive roadmap to understanding the psychology of emotions, relationships, and adversity in learning, while equipping you to teach SEL skills and develop your own social and emotional intelligence. Full of practical techniques for educators of all subjects, this is your guide for transforming your classroom through essential SEL principles.

You’ll learn:

  • How to create a safe, supportive school environment that encourages a positive educational mindset and better goal setting.
  • A three-step process to infuse HEART skills into lesson planning for every subject and grade level.
  • A full scope and sequence by grade, along with indicators of mastery for each skill in the HEART in Mind program.
  • Tools for teachers to develop their own social and emotional capacity for a more effective and resilient teaching focus.
  • Over 90 activities to implement SEL into your classroom—even virtually!

Empower your students to be their best selves. Get Teaching with the HEART in Mind today and plant the seeds for a more caring, equitable future through education infused with social emotional learning!

John Spencer

My goal is simple. I want to make something each day. Sometimes I make things. Sometimes I make a difference. On a good day, I get to do both.More about me

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