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Margot Toppen

VP of Programs, CATCH Global Foundation

Margot Toppen is a visionary educator who works at the intersection of SEL, arts, and physical education. In 2006, Margot developed Dancing with Class, a highly sought-after program delivered through hundreds of schools each year. In 2014, Margot celebrated the publication of Jitterbugs!, a dance-along children’s book, and in 2018, she launched the pilot of SEL Journeys, a digital platform that delivers an SEL-themed movement curriculum inspired by world cultures.

Recently, Margot joined the team of CATCH Global Foundation, the leading evidence-based program for whole-child wellness. CATCH now offers SEL Journeys along with its time-tested nutrition and physical education programs. Margot is a dynamic presenter who frequently appears at conferences related to SEL, arts, and physical education. Margot serves as the Events Committee co-chair for the SEL Providers Association, and in the past has served on the SHAPE America Task Force on SEL in Health and Physical Education, and the Partnerships and Professional Learning Panel for Ingenuity, a leader in arts education advocacy and research.

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