While social and emotional learning (SEL) is most familiar as compartmentalized programs separate from academics, the truth is, all learning is social and emotional. What teachers say, the values we express, the materials and activities we choose, and the skills we prioritize all influence how students think, see themselves and interact with content and with others.
If you teach kids rather than standards, and if you want all kids to get what they need to thrive, you can integrate SEL into everyday content instruction, no matter what subject or grade level you teach. You'll learn the hows and whys of
● Building students' sense of identity and confidence in their ability to learn, overcome challenge, and influence the world around them.
● Helping students identify, describe, and regulate their emotional responses.
● Promoting the cognitive regulation skills critical to decision making and problem solving.
● Fostering students' social skills, including teamwork and sharing, and their ability to establish and repair relationships.
● Equipping students to becoming informed and involved members of their community.
Once registered, a link to the eBook and the webinars will be sent out the week of February 8, 2021.
Webinar 1: Social and Emotional Learning: What, Why, and How
Presented by Nancy Frey, February 25, 2021 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM (EST)
Academic learning may be the explicit focus of schooling, but what teachers say, the values we express, the materials and activities we chose, and the skills we prioritize all influence how our students think, see themselves, interact with content and with others, and assert themselves in the world. This session makes the case for taking a deliberate approach to the “hidden curriculum” already being taught, presenting a five-part model of SEL that’s easy to integrate into everyday content instruction.
Webinar 2: Emotional and Cognitive Regulation
Presented by Nancy Frey, March 11 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM (EST)
Teaching students to regulate their emotional lives as well as their learning journey is an important part of SEL efforts. Students need to learn to recognize their emotions and develop appropriate responses to those emotions. This includes delayed gratification and impulse control. But public humiliation approaches do not work to ensure that students learn lasting behavior change. Similarly, students need to develop cognitive regulation, such as setting goals and monitoring their progress. Over time, and with attention to cognitive regulation, students become assessment-capable learners who take responsibility for their learning.
Webinar 3: SEL is for Adults, too!
Presented by Dominique Smith, March 25, 2021 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM (EST)
It isn’t just students who benefit from social and emotional learning. The adults who care for and about students need SEL supports. This session addresses the importance of how we model the application of SEL in our own lives, and the risks we face as a result of compassion fatigue. Highlights of this webinar include maintaining a work/life balance, and using coping and stress management skills for our own emotional and cognitive regulation. Emphasis is on how we foster relational trust among colleagues in order to accomplish our mission, and use communication skills and cognitive reframing to reach agreements.
Webinar 4: Teacher Credibility and Trust
Presented by Dominique Smith, April 8, 2021 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM (EST)
Do your students believe they can learn from you? If not, they probably won’t. But you can change that. Teacher credibility has a significant impact on students’ learning. It involves four ideas: trust, competence, dynamism, and immediacy. From the students’ perspective, are you trustworthy? How can you ensure that all of your students believe that? Are you competent in their eyes? How can you show them your skills? Are you dynamic and engaging? And do students believe that you are close to them, physically and metaphorically? This session builds on the SEL for adults and ensures that you are credible to students so that they will learn from you.