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Advocates, lawmaker hold emotional student learning discussion

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The family of Jesse Lewis joined Sen. Richard Blumenthal in the spring to announce the Jesse Lewis Empowering Educators Act. (WFSB file photo) The family of Jesse Lewis joined Sen. Richard Blumenthal in the spring to announce the Jesse Lewis Empowering Educators Act. (WFSB file photo)
NEW HAVEN, CT (WFSB) -

The second in a serious of statewide dialogues about social and emotional learning kicked off in Hartford Monday morning.

Sen. Richard Blumenthal and Scarlett Lewis, who lost her son in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, took part in the discussions.

Following the death of 6-year-old Jesse Lewis, Scarlett Lewis said she's become a national leader and advocate for the importance of social and emotional learning.

Blumenthal said the series of discussions follow the passage of the Every Child Achieves Act, which he called a victory for mental health.

He said the ECAA helps train children to learn how to recognize and manage emotions, achieve positive goals, demonstrate caring and concern for others, maintain positive relationships, make responsible decisions and handle interpersonal situations effectively.

The law passed both the House of Representatives and the Senate earlier in the summer.

The bill is now in conference.

Earlier this year, Blumenthal said he introduced the Jesse Lewis Empowering Educators Act, which would provide training to support students' social and emotional learning. It would allow professional development funding to be used to train teachers, similar to the Every Child Achieves Act.

His discussion, which included a number of child advocates, began at 9:30 a.m. at the Betsy Ross Arts Magnet School Parish Hall in New Haven.

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