Gaming Pioneer Trip Hawkins Unpacks Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) in the Kickoff to a New Webinar Series

Inspiring thought leaders at the forefront of special education present powerful and pragmatic ideas in “Special Agents of Change,” a new webinar series from PresenceLearning

SAN FRANCISCO, January 12, 2015 – As changes and new aspirations for special education programs and their students unfold, special education leaders need support and practical strategies to transform new ideas into reality. To help districts nationwide create positive change in their special education programs, PresenceLearning is launching a new webinar series titled “Special Agents of Change.” This free, four-part webinar series will kick off on Tuesday, February 10, 2015 at 10 AM Pacific time (1 PM Eastern time) with gaming pioneer Trip Hawkins. The 90-minute webinar titled “How Games Can Help Children with Special Needs Develop Critical Life Skills” discusses Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) and how specially-designed games can teach these skills to students with special needs in an engaging manner.

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SEL is gaining traction in the education world as its implementation has shown a positive change in student behavior, improved social interactions and better academic outcomes. With SEL, students learn to regulate emotions and develop skills such as social sensitivity, expression, humor, conflict-resolution and collaboration – all of which contribute to the child as a whole as well as improved school climate.

After this webinar, attendees will:

  • Gain a deeper understanding of emotional intelligence and practical tools for improving it.
  • Recognize the many dimensions of SEL as they relate to students with special needs.
  • See an example of an award-winning game that engages children with fun play while teaching and measuring SEL skills.

About Special Agents of Change
PresenceLearning’s Spring 2015 webinar series “Special Agents of Change” features four thought leaders and their expert experience in the special education field. Following Trip Hawkins’ webinar on SEL, communication intervention and literacy expert Dr. Shari Robertson will discuss collaboration and early intervention, neuroscientist Dr. Martha Burns will cover new research and techniques related to autism and attention disorders in older students and special education expert Dr. Frances Stetson will highlight five major pitfalls in reimagining special education programs. Participate in all four to become a special agent of change.

Since 2009, PresenceLearning’s online speech therapy services have provided schools with a practical, affordable new option for service delivery: web-based access to a nationwide network of live, highly qualified, fully licensed speech-language pathologists who are available whenever and wherever they are needed. PresenceLearning also offers online occupational therapy (OT), online behavioral and mental health services, and online assessments. By partnering with PresenceLearning, school districts can fill staffing gaps related to acute and chronic shortages of related services personnel, reduce high caseloads for onsite personnel, reduce their backlog of assessments, improve student outcomes and become more efficient. PresenceLearning also offers access to technical specialists, as well as culturally and linguistically diverse clinicians.

PresenceLearning has delivered nearly half a million live online therapy sessions to students in public school districts, charter schools and virtual schools of all sizes nationwide.

About Trip Hawkins
Trip Hawkins is redefining SEL as co-founder and CEO of If You Can Company, a maker of educational games. Hawkins founded and built legendary games company, Electronic Arts, and played a key role in defining the PC industry as an executive during the early days at Apple. Hawkins introduced many strategies and practices to the PC and game industries and was the creative force behind EA Sports. He later led Digital Chocolate to deliver 200 million mobile app downloads. The first and only business executive named to the game industry Hall of Fame by the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences, he has won many other awards and is the only game industry personage to receive a Lifetime Achievement Award from the IEEE, the world’s largest professional association dedicated to advancing technological innovation.

About PresenceLearning
PresenceLearning ( is the leading telehealth network of providers of clinical services and assessments to educational organizations. The PresenceLearning care network has provided over one million sessions of live, online speech-language therapy, occupational therapy, behavioral interventions and mental health services, diagnostic services and assessments, and early childhood services for children with special needs.