ClassCast Podcast

Ep.085 -- Sonny Thadani -- Making Social-Emotional Learning Work for Everyone

March 02, 2022 Ryan Tibbens Season 2 Episode 85
ClassCast Podcast
Ep.085 -- Sonny Thadani -- Making Social-Emotional Learning Work for Everyone
Show Notes

ClassCast Podcast Ep.085 features Sonny Thadani, CEO & Co-Founder of Robin, discussing social-emotional learning, mindfulness, the value of personal/life coaching, and how we can serve students' and teachers' emotional needs as we strive to improve education.  Sonny initially found success as a realtor and business consultant, but a series of important personal experiences compelled him to shift paths and seek opportunities to support students (and teachers).  Initially, after forging relationships with families from Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT, Sonny became interested in social-emotional learning and supporting mental health; he then became a father and had a transformational experience with a personal life coach and saw the potential for coaching in schools. Now, in his role as CEO of Robin, a cutting-edge social-emotional learning and coaching program, Sonny is doing everything he can to promote mindfulness, peace, and productivity in schools across the country. If you are interested in making SEL work for students, teachers, and communities around you, don't miss Sonny's coaching-based approach.

You can learn more about Robin at, on Twitter @robin_stories, on Instagram @robin_stories, or by contacting Sonny directly.

Table of Contents (*highlights)

  1. 0:00-7:12 -- Intro to Sonny Thadani, Robin, & Social-Emotional Learning (SEL)
  2. 7:12-11:57 -- Making SEL Work for Students: Relationships & Voices *
  3. 11:57-19:23 -- Making SEL Work for Teachers: Buy-In & Support ** 
  4. 19:23-26:50 -- Flexible Curricula & Phasing-In Change
  5. 26:50-35:50 -- Student & Faculty Input in SEL Implementation **
  6. 35:50-41:31 -- Sonny as a Student & SEL as a Core Skill *
  7. 41:31-54:07 -- The Purpose of School According to Sonny & Sonny's Ideal School
  8. 54:07-58:19 -- Upcoming Goals for Robin
  9. 58:19-1:03:44 -- SEL for Teachers **
  10. 1:03:44-1:10:48 -- Final Wrap-Up & Sonny's Book Recs

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