Social Emotional Learning and Keeping Kids in Class – April 2020 Conference Presentation


Brains in pain have a hard time learning. Dr. Ryan Allen will examines how a balance of SEL, mind-body interventions, and creating trauma-informed, resilient spaces can transform student learning. By helping to keep those who struggle the most in the classroom learning instead of in the principal’s office or on suspension, we can transform students’ lives.


Session will include a variety of case studies and data collected in our work with PreK-college students in various Sioux City, Iowa schools, as well as embodied prevention and interventions practices and activities.

Participants will —

  1. Gain a greater awareness of some of the primary social, emotional, and neurological obstacles to student learning;
  2. Develop a broader understanding of the lower order vs. higher order brain functions connected to positive student learning outcomes; and
  3. Refine or expand repertoire of effective classroom mind-body prevention and intervention strategies that address problematic situations and behaviors.
Ryan Allen

Dr. Ryan Allen is an Associate Professor and the Chair of the Department of Modern Languages at Briar Cliff University. Dr. Allen’s work has appeared in a variety of magazines, alt-weekly’s, and academic journals and he is also the co-owner of Lumin Therapy, LLC, which promotes the integration of the mind, body, and spirit through the practice of yoga and mindfulness with special populations. Dr. Allen is also a certified trauma practitioner and a trainer for Starr Global Learning Network. He holds specialized certifications in Children’s Yoga, Chair and Gentle Yoga, Yoga Nidra, and Mindful Resiliency for Trauma Recovery, and offers trainings and professional development for schools, businesses, and organizations interested in creating resilient, trauma-informed spaces. He lives in Sioux City, Iowa with his wife, three kids, and dog.

This workshop was originally presented as part of the National Kids Yoga Conference – April 2020. All content belongs to the presenter.