Your Self Series – Your SEL Toolbox: Theory, Practice and Skills for Success
Social Emotional Learning (SEL) programs provide a foundation for the core competencies that humans need to feel successful at every level of human interaction. However, to teach SEL requires skills of your own. These experiential workshops introduce you to the need for, and benefits of, SEL, and will prepare you for implementation success. You will learn the key components of a strong SEL foundation and be able to apply those components to your teaching strategies. An interactive guide, online content and follow up materials provided. Six sessions over two days.
Session 1: Why SEL? Why Now?
Monday, June 19 – 9 am
Session 1 reviews research and introduces the core competencies of SEL. Today, more than ever, students are struggling and are ill-equipped to handle life’s ups and downs. But when students develop SEL skills, they feel more successful, confident and resilient in life. Relevant research on mental illness, connections, anxiety and life skills will be reviewed demonstrating the need for SEL interventions as well as clever ways to begin weaving the material into course content tomorrow. Welcome to the start of many sessions that will bring your teaching to the next level, enabling you to connect with and empower your students through SEL skills.
Session 2. The SELF: The SEL Framework for Success
Monday, June 19 – 10:30 am
Session 2 focuses on child development, specifically how a solid sense of self enables students to find meaning and application to the course content you teach. A strong sense of self complements the acquisition, development and continued use of SEL skills. A student with a weak sense of self (one that is riddled with insecurities and trauma) may face particular challenges learning and applying new information. This is why the self is the foundation for SEL success. SEL strategies that focus on compassion and connection rather than on shame and punishment will be introduced as well. When you prioritize connection you support the growth of your students’ sense of self, their motivation and overall SEL. Theory, connection strategies and role-play will accompany this and all subsequent sessions.
Session 3: The Cognitive Self: Neuroscience in a Nutshell
Monday, June 19 – 1:30 pm
Knowing basic brain structure and function (from neural-plasticity to decision-making and motivations) allows us to capitalize on windows of opportunity and to teach toward targeted skills. This is especially relevant when social and emotional skills are involved. Brain systems involved in the construction and functioning of the social self, emotional self, cognitive self and the safe self will be examined. Knowing these systems and how they interact at different ages enables you to teach and connect in ways that optimize learning and emotional competencies while continually building a strong and resilient self.
Session 4: The Emotional Self: Learn The Language Behavior Is Silently Screaming
Monday, June 19 – 3 pm
Student behavior is a barometer for learning and feeling safe in the classroom. As such, misbehavior has become a large concern among educators. Defense mechanisms are at the heart of misbehavior, but unfortunately the often used recourse, punishment, only reinforces the self-concept associated with the behavior. However, building connections mitigates behavioral disruptions and provides an opportunity to foster emotion management, a core SEL skill. Promoting the three stages of emotion management – recognizing, labeling and sourcing emotions – is a central focus of this session and key to self-control, a characteristic linked to living a more robust and productive life.
Session 5: The Social Self: The Power of Integrating Core Social Skills
Tuesday, June 20 – 9 am
Today, more and more children eat alone, ride the bus in silent smartphone distraction, and consider social media as a viable form of personal interaction. Basic social skills are increasingly lacking while empathy is declining. Yet, to share in the feelings of others is a powerful means of connection and a key factor in advancing our humanity. Learning how to model and promote social skills is especially timely during the teen years when the social self is evolving based on the interactions that teens are having with you and others in their lives.
Session 6: The Physical Self: SEL Success Begins in The Body
Tuesday, June 20 – 10:30 am
Exercise, nutrition, sleep and the mind body connection all impact learning and are an essential part of an SEL education. Without a healthy body, all social, emotional and cognitive skills are thwarted. Moreover, the nation faces a health epidemic that includes obesity, diabetes, mental illness, heart disease, eating disorders, and sleep deprivation. Students are stressed but lack the education and resources to develop more positive habits. This session walks participants through the intimate connection between the physical self and all other aspects of SEL. Don’t miss the relevant and timely correlation between a healthy body and strong social and emotional competencies.