Rose's research found that some teachers lacked the confidence to promote wellbeing and resilience in their students. From here, Pennington Education was born; a framework that supports students' academic performance at the same time as their wellbeing and resilience.
The process of student wellbeing must include explicit instruction of social, emotional and thinking skills as well as pedagogical choices that support students’ autonomy, their feelings of competence and their sense of connection to their peers and teachers (as per self-determination theory).
Pennington Education guides educators through integrating social, emotional and thinking skills throughout schoolwide and classroom practices in order to promote both academic engagement and wellbeing and resilience.
The Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL) identifies five competencies that help students to deal effectively and ethically with daily life: self-awareness, self-management, social-awareness, relationship skills and responsible decision making.
This is an academic intervention as well as a social emotional one. When teachers prioritise pedagogy that promotes these competencies, students are engaged and achieve academic outcomes (Durlak, 2011).
These skills can and should be fostered at home as well as at school. With this is mind I have also developed products and resources to guide parents and carers through difficult conversations and scenarios and to help their children reach their potential and thrive.
Who is Rose Pennington?
I am a primary school teacher, education consultant and PhD candidate passionate about the development of social and emotional skills in children so that they may achieve wellbeing, resilience and academic goals. I provide training, information and resources to teachers and parents so that they can do the same.
Having started studying Psychology at school and then at university, I began my career working in recruitment. A few years in I decided it wasn't for me and studied to become a teacher, knowing I wanted to 'get psychology' into the classroom in some way.
At my first school I was introduced to a social emotional learning (SEL) program and my passion was sparked - I've since completed a Masters research thesis about effective implementation of SEL programs and am now completing my PhD researching the classroom practices most conducive to student wellbeing.
I am so grateful to have been mentored by the student wellbeing specialist Dr Toni Noble, who has believed in me from the start and given me so many opportunities, and my supervisors Professor Alex Yeung and Dr Anthony Dillon.
I understand teachers' workloads and have created workshops and resources to make it easy for them to integrate the development of social and emotional skills along with academic outcomes in their lessons.
Please get in touch with any questions or comments! I believe that collaboration is the key to success in education, as it is in any industry.
At Pennington Education we believe that all students deserve an equal chance to achieve academic and social and emotional outcomes. This means that classes must be differentiated to accommodate different needs.
Dr Gillian Pennington is an EAL/D consultant and works with schools to ensure that students who speak languages other than English are supported to reach their potential. For information about her teacher training workshops or school consultancy, please get in touch.