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Strengthening Relationships and Social Emotional Learning Supports to Foster Equity and Academic Success

More than ever, successful schools are laser-focused on strengthening relationships with students, bolstering social-emotional learning (SEL) supports, and guiding each student’s academic growth. These are the facets of an effective primary person model—a term for the conditions and practices that enable these goals—which help to drive equity and build a sense of identity and belonging.

Springpoint Directors of Leadership & School Design Jeff Sudmyer and Christy Kingham will lead a webinar, kicking off with an overview on the importance of learning partnerships as a way to emphasize the critical role of trusting, caring relationships that are essential to successful primary person models.

Participants will have an opportunity to dig into a practical academic coaching tool and unpack a model academic conference alongside a school-based educator, School Social Worker Athania Ramos, who will join to discuss the critical moves that help her successfully support students on their learning journey. Springpoint will provide resources and tools that participants can use in their own school community following the session.


  • Jeff Sudmyer, Director, Leadership & School Design, Springpoint
  • Christy Kingham, Director, Leadership & School Design, Springpoint | @ckingham
  • Athania Ramos, School Social Worker, CREC Impact Academy