Kristin Stuart Valdes has worked with Morningside Center for Teaching Social Responsibility since 2004 and is currently a Senior Program Manager of the 4Rs+MTP research study. She has been a contributing writer to various Morningside Center curricula and coaching guides, and she writes “SEL Tips” for the Morningside Center website. She has also worked for Teachstone, LLC coaching Native American teachers and contributing to the organization's approach to coaching. She began her work in the field of conflict resolution and social emotional learning while working with students who had witnessed 9/11 from their school building and who ended up calling one another “terrorists” in its aftermath. She has a deep interest in the roles that cultural practice, language, ethnicity, and class all play in the way we interact with one another, and in the way creativity contributes our ability to problem solve. She is a certified CLASS Observer and Trainer, a Part 137 Mediator for the NYC courts, and holds a BFA and MFA NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.