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Sacramento comedian Jack Gallagher to keynote social and emotional learning summit

Comedian and playwright Jack Gallagher photographed Thursday, September 9, 2010, at the B Street Theatre. Gallagher created a new one man show centered around his personal life and relationship with his autistic son.
Comedian and playwright Jack Gallagher photographed Thursday, September 9, 2010, at the B Street Theatre. Gallagher created a new one man show centered around his personal life and relationship with his autistic son. ccostas@sacbee.com

Jack Gallagher, a Sacramento comedian, actor and writer, will be the keynote speaker at a Feb. 13 social and emotional learning summit co-hosted by the Sacramento City Unified School District and California State University, Sacramento.

The event in Modoc Hall is titled, “The Power of Relationships.”

Gallagher wrote a one-man play about parenting his autistic son, “A Different Kind of Cool,” which has been performed at the B Street Theatre and adapted into public appearances.

The session from 8 a.m. to noon will include a roundtable discussion with Jim Keddy of the California Endowment, Roger Weissberg of the Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning and others in the field.

In addition, CSUS psychology professor Greg Kim-Ju will share information on the work he is doing with Social and Emotional Learing at Will C. Wood Middle School.

Social and emotional learning is aimed at building life skills such as resiliency, persistence, self-control and empathy. It is being incorporated into learning throughout the Sacramento school district.

The cost is $10 and includes a light breakfast. To register, visit the district website or call (916) 643-9298.

Call The Bee’s Loretta Kalb, (916) 321-1073. Follow her on Twitter @LorettaSacBee.

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