Opportunities for Credit
  • Board members can receive two hours of honors credit beyond the mandatory training requirements by attending the entire webinar. 


  • Board members can earn one hour of honors credit beyond the mandatory training requirements by watching the session and reviewing the questions.

Social & Emotional Skills for Leaders
~ Webinar Series ~

Mississippi School Boards Association (MSBA) is offering a complimentary webinar series to assist school board members, superintendents, and administrators in improving social and emotional skills.
Learn the social and emotional dynamics that underlie your success and overview the skills that can help you to be more effective in your role. In any learning community, student social and emotional learning (SEL) begins with the adults, and it is essential that school board members understand SEL and how it applies to them and to their staff.
This series was introduced at the MSBA Fall Leadership Conference with a presentation from Dr. Noal Cochran, “I Can’t Hear You When You Are Yelling at Me!”— An introduction to Emotional Intelligence for Leaders. This session was designed to help leaders identify what they are feeling, what they want to be seen or heard and how to express it, and how to receive emotional responses from others.  
MSBA Members Only. There is no cost to participate, but registration is required.
Participants will be emailed instructions on how to participate via ZOOM approximately one day before the webinar.  
This complimentary webinar series is only available during the scheduled times.
Session One: Owning Our Emotions
Thursday, February 3, 2022 │ 4:45 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
“Well, I’m Just Being Honest.”—Speaking our truth is seen as a positive character trait. What happens when leaders speak or listen without perceptual filters? How do we appropriately regulate our responses to those we lead? This session will help leaders build bridges from what they want to convey to what they need to convey through appropriate perceptual filters.
Session Two: Listening to Lead
Thursday, February 24, 2022 │ 4:45 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
“I Heard You the First Time.”—How do we progress from hearing to actually listening? When the tree falls in the woods, does it really make a sound if no one is there to “hear” it? This session will focus on the art of getting to a mutual “yes” in our conversations with those we lead.
Session Three: Social Awareness
Thursday, March 31, 2022 │ 4:45 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
“I Can Read Them Like a Book.”—Leaders often feel a sense of frustration with their team. Is it because of differences in intelligence or emotional awareness? What if it is neither? This session will focus on becoming a social genius in order to maximize your abilities as a leader.
Session Four: Conflict Resolution
Thursday, April 28, 2022 │ 4:45 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
“Can’t We Just All Get Along?”—Leaders find themselves dealing with aggressions and conflict on a regular basis. It is not enough to be emotionally and socially aware if one cannot de-escalate conflict. This session will focus on developing a plan for success during difficult conversations.
Session Five: Building Resiliency
Thursday, May 19, 2022 │ 4:45 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
“The Same Force that Melts Butter Forges Steel.”—Why do some leaders succeed when others seem to wither under the strain? Why do some events impact us more than others? Is it okay to fail? This session will focus on the tools needed to build resiliency through our failures and our successes as leaders.
Dr. Noal Cochran has over 30 years of experience in the fields of industry, education, and mental health. He earned an undergraduate degree in polymer science and holds a Master’s degree in science education, a Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy, and a Specialist Degree and a PhD in Educational Leadership. Dr. Cochran currently serves as the Associate Dean for Educator Preparation and Accreditation and is the Interim Director of the School of Education at the University of Southern Mississippi.
In addition to his current role, Dr. Cochran has served various school districts as a teacher, coach, assistant principal, principal and superintendent. He is also a former marriage and family therapist with extensive mental health experience in family therapy, crisis management, secondary trauma in professionals, addiction counseling, and identity formation in teens.
Office: 380 Zurich Drive, Ridgeland, MS 39157
Mail: PO Box 203, Clinton, MS 39060
Phone: 601-924-2001   Fax:601-924-2002   Toll Free:888-367-6722