Selling SEL to Students: Not Just Another Poster | Harbord & Khan | 4 Min Read

September 15, 2022

Schools are fractured and many of our students are fractured. Summer should have been a time to regenerate and rest, but for many depressed by the sad state of the U.S. with more violence and attacks in schools, it may have been a time for despair. What will it take to change the laws and actually protect our students and teachers? 

Imagine you are 14 years old—how does your world look? Global economies crashing, a world pandemic, crazy or sick people with guns killing students and teachers, climate change, the war in Ukraine, droughts, famines, and water shortages—grim doesn’t even start to describe how so many feel about our world. The question to school boards, Education Departments, and parents is to stop and look at the situation. We have a crisis with our young people and it is not going away. Let our school communities know we are listening. How can we change this landscape to provide hope for change?

Does the answer lie in the neglected SEL posters on your wall? We think not. Students should understand that exploring SEL, especially in the context of real-world issues, will enhance their personal development. It can be…

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Harbord and Khan

Meredith Harbord EdD and Sara Riaz Khan are global educators who use ethical dilemmas to enrich and transform curriculum. Their student centric approach is driven by an ethical model and innovative tools that support critical thinking and creativity. Meredith and Sara’s collaboration as Design teachers at ABA Oman International School in Muscat, focused on sustainability, ethical design and global mindedness and inspired them to establish Harbord & Khan Educational Consultants. They develop units of work based on real world issues to engage and challenge students for diverse curriculums (IB, PBL, Common Core and Australian) and are available for professional development and to create programs to meet the specific needs of your school. Meredith and Sara have authored two teacher curriculum books ‘Interdisciplinary Thinking for Schools: Ethical Dilemmas MYP 1, 2 & 3’ and ‘Interdisciplinary Thinking for Schools: Ethical Dilemmas MYP 4 & 5’ (2020). Website: