On a Mission to Move

EduMotion is an organization guided by its mission to energize schools and communities by fostering inclusion, respect and social awareness through the joy of movement.

Social Emotional Learning to Energize and Engage your Students

EduMotion develops programs, products and services that energize and engage classrooms through movement and hands-on learning.

Our evidence-based curriculum supports the 25 essential Social Emotional Learning (SEL) competencies as outlined by CASEL.  

We're bringing SEL, movement, and cultural arts education to students everywhere

Since 2006, our dedicated team of educators and dance professionals have been immersed in creating and delivering transformative programs for K-12 students.

More than 1,000 educators in the Chicago market have engaged with our flagship program (dancingwithclass.org) and consider us a leader in Social Emotional Learning (SEL) within the region.

Drawing upon all of this experience, we’ve created SEL Journeys as a digital learning tool that  integrates movement and SEL with classroom curriculum, and allows us to expand our impact beyond Chicagoland, reaching students around the world.

Our energetic team of Teaching Artists and SEL Specialists
Meet Our Founder

Margot Toppen

Founder and CEO

Margot Toppen is a visionary leader who works at the intersection of SEL, arts, and physical education. In 2006,Margot developed Dancing with Class, now a highly sought-after program serving hundreds of schools each year. This paved the way for the development of EduMotion: SEL Journeys, a digital platform that delivers an SEL-themed movement curriculum inspired by world cultures. Margot is a dynamic presenter who frequently appears at conferences related to SEL, arts, and physical education. A graduate of Northwestern University, she recently completed Kellogg’s Non-Profit Executive Scholars program, with a focus on innovation and leadership. With a dedication to collective impact, Margot is a founding member of CASEL’s SEL Providers Council and SHAPE America’s Task Force for SEL in Health and Physical Education. She has also served on the Partnerships and Professional Learning Panel for Ingenuity, a leader in arts education advocacy and research. In 2019, she co-presented with Ingenuity at CASEL’s inaugural SEL Exchange. In a past life, Margot worked as a multimedia content producer, and she has enjoyed putting some of those skills back to use with the launch of SEL Journeys

Interested in Working or Partnering with Us?

EduMotion believes firmly in collective impact and is interested in expanding its reach by partnering with mission-aligned organizations and educators. We are currently seeking educators and SEL consultants to serve as program representatives in markets outside of Chicago, as well as organizations interested in exploring how our program content can help them meet the needs of youth they serve. Send an inquiry via the contact form below and be sure to indicate your area of interest. 

We prioritize diversity, equity and inclusion at every level of our organization and work. Click to learn more about our DEI strategy and goals.  

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