FOUNDER OF LESSONS FOR SEL:
"WE MUST SHIFT FROM WHAT'S WRONG TO WHAT'S STRONG
“The world as we have created it is a process of our thinking. It cannot be changed without changing our thinking"
DR. BYRON MCCLURE
MY PERSONAL MISSION STATEMENT
My mission has always been to improve outcomes for youth who look like me, so I advocate and promote practices that heal, strengthen, and inspire. I hope to maximize the potential of every single student (and educator). I aspire to disrupt any model that perpetuates harm to students by using human-centered design principles and strategies. ~Byron M.
ABOUT DR. BYRON MCCLURE
WHY I CREATED LESSONS FOR SEL
I created Lessons For SEL because I saw a huge gap in the literature and across products where youth of color were not represented. So, I did something about it - I decided to design my own SEL lessons where youth of color (especially Black males), as well as students who are LGBTQ, homeless, in the foster care system, and from high-poverty communities could see themselves represented. Basically, I wanted to create a SEL resource that was real, authentic, and strength-based.
“Dr. McClure is an emerging and already powerful American transformer, healer, justice leader, and educator” ~Tim Shriver, (CASEL co-founder, Call To Unite Chief Listener, & Special Olympics Chairman)
Dr. Byron McClure is a National Certified School Psychologist who redesigned a high school in Southeast, D.C. His work centers around influencing change and ensuring students from high-poverty communities have access to a quality education. Dr. McClure has extensive knowledge and expertise in mental health, social-emotional learning, and behavior.
Dr. McClure has done considerable work advocating for healing-centered practices for all students, particularly, for African-American boys. He has designed and implemented school-wide initiatives such as SEL, restorative practices, MTSS, and trauma-responsive practices. As a result of this work, led by Dr. McClure, his school won the 2019-2020 Whole Child Award.
Dr. McClure has presented across the country as a panelist, featured, and keynote speaker. He believes in maximizing everyone’s limitless potential.
FEATURED INTERVIEWS & PODCASTS
You’ll learn how to use a strength-based approach to building relationships within a sense of community. As Byron says, we can “shift from what's wrong to what's strong with students." Hosted by Angela Watson
You’ll learn how to use a strength-based approach to building relationships within a sense of community. As Byron says, we can “shift from what's wrong to what's strong with students." Hosted by Dana Goodier
NASN Executive Director Donna Mazyck & Dr Byron McClure,National Certified School Psychologist currently redesigning a HS in SE DC discuss the impacts of Social Emotional Learning SEL, & restorative justice practices to connect & address today’s students.
Urban Assembly Presents... Hear from leaders in the SEL curriculum and assessment field about the latest research and most responsive SEL tools.
Educators Dr. Jen Williams and Dr. Byron McClure co-host the sixth Empatico Empathy Hour as they discuss strategies for inspiring joy in children as they navigate new learning environments; fostering a culture of classroom belonging through supportive physical, virtual, and psychological spaces; and cultivating well-being by empowering students to work toward social good.
In episode 191 we have Byron McClure of Lessons for SEL which has six-minute SEL lessons and now expanded to kids’ curriculum and books. In this episode, we have talked about how others perceive teaching SEL to people. We also tackled the importance of economic empowerment and restorative justice using evidence-based curriculum. And lastly, we discussed Gallup strengths finder assessment to identify your top five strengths. Visit his website, www.lessonsforsel.com. for more resources about SEL.
Watch 2 Founders, Claudine Miles of Restore More & Byron McClure of Lessons for SEL, discuss how to care for self during these tough times.