Katharine Brush is a research associate at the Ecological Approaches to Social Emotional Learning (EASEL) Laboratory. Her work supports several projects designed to strengthen the links between research and practice in the field of social and emotional learning (SEL), including a content analysis of the curricular content and key features of 25 leading SEL programs (Navigating SEL Report); the development and testing of low-burden SEL strategies, or “kernels of practice,” for grades K–5 (Kernels Project); and field-facing work that makes sense of conflicting terminology used to describe frameworks and skills in the field of SEL (Taxonomy Project). Her research interests include the promotion of social, emotional, and ethical skills in K–12 learning environments and the analysis, development, and implementation of SEL programming in the U.S. and abroad. Before joining the EASEL laboratory, Brush served as an AmeriCorps tutor, mentor, and after-school coordinator. She also worked as a grant proposal writer for City Year, a nonprofit that partners with public schools to help students stay in school and on track to graduate.
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