About Us

What We Do

Class Catalyst is changing the way schools practice SEL, as a solutions-focused platform that puts student and teacher well-being first by providing space for them to communicate and practice personalized self-regulation techniques.

Our Values

We LISTEN


We listen to our school partners to assess their SEL needs. 

Our trauma informed and culturally responsive approach in Class Catalyst provides a structure and feedback framework that supports students and staff, allowing educators to quickly assess their class’s SEL needs so all students can be in “ready to learn” mode.

Class Catalyst meets partners where they are to work with them to achieve actionable SEL goals, driven by data.

We IMPLEMENT


We foster staff and student engagement in the work of SEL, empowering all school stakeholders to create a culture of care and rapport.

Class Catalyst and SEL On Demand is an all-in-one SEL solution to promote relationship building among students and staff.

Our Coaching and Professional Development emphasizes the understanding that SEL is not a “one-size-fits-all” program, but rather a discipline to be developed and cultivated with the help of tools like Class Catalyst and SEL On Demand.

We SUPPORT


We are committed to creating a sustainable SEL approach for our partners.

Quick and efficient, seamless, and data-driven, we continue to lead our school partners toward achieving their immediate and long-term SEL goals.

We advise and consult on a classroom level, school level, and district level, to ensure best practices, consistency, and fidelity of implementation. 

Our Story

Class Catalyst’s sister company, Mindful Practices, was founded in 2006 by Carla Tantillo Philibert after years in the classroom as a teacher, school founder, coach, and administrator. Mindful Practices provides a comprehensive and data-driven approach to SEL, shifting SEL from a program you implement to an approach to accelerate your school’s climate and culture toward a more positive and equitable learning environment for all.

In 2018, after seeing a need from districts to authentically engage student voices and connect staff with students, founder Carla Tanatillo Philibert and CEO Rob Philbert created Class Catalyst, the online SEL EdTech tool that utilizes individual student check-ins to strengthen student-educator relationships. 

Mindful Practices’ highly qualified team of SEL Specialists and Class Catalyst’s EdTech Consultants work with schools nation-wide to provide custom SEL implementation through in-class coaching, professional development, keynotes and workshops.

Building SEL competence in adults – we don’t just teach you how to teach kids, we teach you about yourself

Our Mission

Mindful Practices and Class Catalyst facilitate customized & sustainable social emotional learning implementation to create a more equitable learning environment. 

Class Catalyst FoundersA Note from the Founders

“We are often asked how Class Catalyst came to be – and we love sharing our story. As parents and educators, we had been looking for a way to combine Carla’s extensive teaching and mindfulness experience with Rob’s technical know-how and penchant for solving problems with data. But, it didn’t really click until we discovered the massive gap between the need for Social-Emotional Learning and benefits of implementation. No implementation = no change. No impact on the students, teachers, or world.

We knew it wasn’t for lack of trying on the part of administrators, teachers, and parents. With more on their plates than ever before, their energy and best intentions don’t always reach kids – who, in turn, slip through the cracks, unseen and unheard. We set out to create a tool combining support and insight; one that could be easy to implement and seamlessly fit into an already packed school day or an evening at home with parents. We wanted to go beyond the standard SEL offering and build something truly interactive and informative.

And, as with 2 kiddos at home, it’s personal for us, too. Class Catalyst is for them, and for all students like them because every child deserves to be seen and supported. Thank you for joining us!”

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