Using Fly Five to Facilitate SEL and Literacy Instruction

Date & time: Thursday, April 7, 2022 | 7:00 PM ET

Description & Goals: 

Educators know firsthand the magnified teaching and learning challenges that emerged with the pandemic and the setbacks for students—particularly in literacy. However, research shows that such challenges can also create opportunities for students to meet high expectations, increase intrinsic motivation, and envision themselves as curious, joyful learners. In this webinar, educators will learn about Fly Five’s literacy integration and how it was specifically designed to foster positive communities while engaging and exciting students about reading, writing, speaking, listening, and vocabulary.

Participants will:

  • Identify the need for and benefits of literacy instruction
  • Explore how the Fly Five curriculum embeds literacy integration
  • Determine action steps for deepening students’ interest and engagement in SEL and literacy instruction



Ramona S. Thomas, PhD, Research Consultant

RamonaRamona is a nonprofit executive with extensive experience in education, philanthropy, and nonprofit leadership, specifically in developing and implementing new initiatives from the ground up. Dr. Thomas was a knowledge specialist consultant with the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) from 2011 to 2016. She holds a bachelor’s degree in applied mathematics from Brown University and a doctorate in higher education from the University of Pennsylvania. She has served as a research consultant for Center for Responsive Schools since 2019.


Jazmine Franklin, Chief Program Officer, Fly Five

JazmineJazmine first joined Center for Responsive Schools as a consultant and program developer. She previously played a vital role in developing Responsive Classroom professional development workshops. She now leads the development direction of Fly Five social and emotional learning programs. Prior to her time at CRS, she spent six years as a second grade teacher in Chicago Public Schools and two years in Guilford, North Carolina, County Schools.

Anjail Kenyatta, Director of Content and Curriculum Development, Fly Five

AnjailAnjail has been working with Center for Responsive Schools for several years. As the director of Content and Curriculum Development, she works with curriculum writers as a facilitator and supervisor to develop resources that will help educational stakeholders increase their awareness of and engagement with social and emotional learning. Anjail began her teaching career with Chicago Public Schools, where she taught grades K–8 and worked as a school counselor and case manager for seventeen years.

Rachel Kohler, Educational Partnership Consultant

RachelRachel brings a vast knowledge of modern classroom operations and partnership building as well as a passion for social and emotional learning to her role as an educational partnership consultant. Prior to joining Center for Responsive Schools, Rachel worked as a classroom teacher, librarian, and programs consultant in public schools across the northeast for three years. These roles have provided her with firsthand experience working with SEL and with consulting administrators on implementation of schoolwide programs.