The Center for the Promotion of Social and Emotional Learning (CPSEL) is pleased to announce the appointment of Carol Paxton as director. Paxton holds a doctorate in educational psychology and has worked in education for 25 years. Most recently, she collaborated with state departments of education, teachers and higher education faculty to create and implement content exams and portfolio assessments for teacher and administrator licensure.
Launched in 2017 as an initiative of the Center for Schools and Communities, CPSEL plays a critical role in bridging the gap between research and practice in social and emotional learning. It provides systemic and individualized coaching and consultation to school districts, afterschool programs and other agencies, and was previously led by Center for Schools and Communities director Shileste Overton Morris.
“Carol will provide a seamless transition of leadership for CPSEL, building on its strong foundation as an international training and consulting organization,” said Overton Morris.
The focus of Paxton’s research and work has been on the analysis and improvement of social and emotional support processes influencing high-quality educational outcomes and the role of teachers in these dynamic systems.
“I am honored to serve as the next director of CPSEL,” said Paxton. “My interest in the social and emotional competencies of both students and school staff stems from past experiences as an elementary and middle school educator. I look forward to working with CPSEL’s dedicated staff and partners.”
In a few short and transformative years, CPSEL has grown in capacity and credibility with cross-sector and diverse stakeholders. Its work helps agencies maximize their potential to impact the academic and social emotional well-being of students across Pennsylvania and the nation.
“I’m very proud of what we’ve accomplished and with Carol’s new leadership, I look forward to expanding our footprint geographically and programmatically,” Overton Morris said.
Paxton earned her Ph.D. in Educational Psychology: Applied Developmental Science from the University of Virginia and an M.Ed. in Reading Education from the University of North Texas.
CPSEL is an initiative of Center for Schools and Communities, a training and consulting organization that works closely with state and federal partners to build capacity and strengthen systems around school safety, social and emotional learning, youth violence prevention, family-community-school partnerships and positive youth development, among others.
Contact Dr. Carol Paxton, (717) 763-1661 ext. 189.