Project Adventure Welcomes New Director of Social and Emotional Learning


​Defining What PA's Whole School Programming Looks Like through Social and Emotional Learning


BEVERLY, Mass., Sept. 18, 2019 – Project Adventure (PA) announced that Caitlin McCormick Small, joined the adventure education staff as the Director of Social and Emotional Learning to continue the coordination of comprehensive social and emotional programming for whole school communities. She joins PA after six years as a trainer, manager, and coach of training and curriculum at The PEAR Institute of McLean and Harvard. 

As the Director of Social and Emotional Learning, Ms. Small plans to continue the foundational work set forth by PA and offer an engaging and practical approach to the teaching and learning of SEL skills. Her extensive background in research-based school improvement and assessments and the development of afterschool partnerships will help expand existing PA programs and enhance the Project Empower advisory curriculum designed for whole-school implementation. “I am thrilled to join the Project Adventure team. PA’s experiential learning model is such an important contribution to the SEL field. I look forward to helping our partners utilize this approach to support their students’ growth and to make real, lasting change in their schools.”  

Richard Ross, the Executive Director at Project Adventure, believes that “Ms. Small’s experience with school reform and change management, coaching, and SEL program development will be a great asset to our mission of creating whole school programs for all learning communities. Her energy and understanding of the curricula and the importance of data collection and assessment will help move our work forward, extend our reach, and make lasting positive change in more school communities.” 


Project Adventure is an innovative non-profit teaching organization and a respected leader in experiential programming offering a wide range of programs as well as challenge course design and installation. Since 1971, Project Adventure has created and facilitated shared learning experiences that empower individuals to be responsible leaders and strengthen their communities. For more information, visit 

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