Toben, M. Ed., Curriculum Development, is an education innovator whose work
focuses on the design and teaching of SEL practices that promote positive
work spans three decades, and has touched the lives of educators, students,
administrators and parents at public and independent schools worldwide.
has conducted seminars and delivered presentations at Teacher's
College, Columbia University, Wheelock College, Learning and the Brain,
Innovative Learning, National Association of Independent Schools, Northwest
Association of Independent Schools, California Association for the Gifted, and
the San Francisco Unified School District.
She also appeared in the video
“Emotional Intelligence: A New Vision for Educators,” based on Emotional Intelligence, by Daniel
Goleman (Bantam, 1995).
Janice’s work includes the
· Designed “Open
Session,” a student-driven problem-solving inquiry format for middle-schoolers
· Authored a library of lessons on SEL practices for
early- and mid-elementary grades.
· Initiated "Constructing Learning: The Nueva
Forts Experience,” based on imaginative, cooperative outdoor play, which
flourished through student agreements and sensitive supervision.
· Developed innovative approach to professional and
personal renewal for teachers that was a centerpiece in more than 20 programs
she designed and facilitated with the Center for Advancement and Renewal of
Educators at the San Francisco Unified School District.
· Authored a collection of lessons for teachers that
foster SEL by aligning the teacher-self with creative pedagogical practices and
· Designed and implemented models for curriculum
design and comprehensive lessons that creatively foster both interpersonal and
Janice taught at the elementary school level for 27
years. She is the former director of the SEL program at The Nueva School.
She earned a B.A. from Whitman College, and holds
an M.Ed. from Bowling Green State University.
Janice loves contemporary
poetry, growing vegetables, and yoga. She is married with two grown sons.