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Social and Emotional Learning for Teachers: Understand, Plan, Implement

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Concept by: Carolina Castro

Description

The high relevance of Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) in schools has been recognized globally and some major international institutions like the OECD and UNESCO are investing in the promotion of SEL in students, teachers, and communities.

This course has been created for educators who want to learn more about SEL and who are interested in exploring the relevance of social and emotional learning in education and life, SEL related teaching strategies, how to plan a concrete SEL program for their classes, and learn to use it to improve the overall class community.

SEL is defined by the The Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) as “the process through which children and adults understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions”.

In this highy interactive and experience-based course, participants will gain an understanding of what SEL is by reflecting on the current issues in their own educational context, steming specific cases to make it more meaningful to them, as well as by producing a SEL implementation plan for their classes. We will use as the main reference the most widely used framework created by the CASEL for real implementation scenarios, focusing on 5 main areas: Self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills and responsible decision making.

Teachers will have allocated time to create a SEL implementation plan for their classess during the week and will share it for feedback with peers as the culmination learning event of the course. This plan will be potentially a good tool to disseminate the knowledge acquired on SEL to peer teachers at their home institutions. Participants will also have the chance to evaluate their own emotional intelligence, practice mindfulness, and acquire recipes and tools for successful SEL practice.

Teacher participants will have access to a digital platform where they will be able to exchange ideas and materials before, during and after the course and the facilitator will be available for 3 months after the course to follow up on the participants’ progress.

What is Social and Emotional Learning:

Learning Outcomes

The course will help the participants to:

  • Understand what SEL is and why it is important for education;
  • Learn about the impact of SEL students and teachers;
  • Understand and use effectively the CASEL’s integrated framework for SEL;
  • Be able to create a SEL implementation plan for your class and learn how to better create a a safe and supportive environment for SEL;
  • Gain insight into the steps to implement SEL school wide;
  • Understand the importance and possible ways to practice mindfulness as a teacher -Share best practices in SEL;
  • Learn where to find high quality resources for SEL.

Tentative Schedule

The schedule describes likely activities but may differ significantly based on the requests of the participants, and the trainer delivering the specific session. Course modifications are subject to the trainer’s discretion. If you would like to discuss a specific topic, please indicate it at least 4 weeks in advance.

Day 1 – Course introduction & Intro to SEL

Course introduction

  • Introduction to the course, the school, and the external week activities;
  • Icebreaker activities;
  • Main issues in education, teachers share their concrete experiences. 

Intro to SEL

  • The what and why of SEL. 
  • SEL impact. 
  • Team building activities
  • Presentations of the participants’ schools.

Day 2 – SEL competences broken down

  • The 5 SEL competencies: Self-awareness, Self-management, Social awareness.
  • Teacher Personal Project on SEL

Day 3 – SEL in the classroom

  • The 5 SEL competencies: Relationship skills, Responsible decision making. 
  • SEL in the CLASSROOM SEL approaches. 
  • Teacher Personal Project on SEL

Day 4 – Implementing SEL

  • Creating a safe, supportive environment for SEL. 
  • SEL school wide. 
  • Parents, families, and communities: Social and emotional learning in context.
  • Teacher Personal Project on SEL

Day 5 – Presentations & Course closure

Presentations

  • Mindfulness in teaching. 
  • Teacher Personal Project on SEL. 
  • Participants’ presentations on their personal projects and peer feedback. 
  • Trends and best practices

Course closure

  • Course evaluation: round up of acquired competences, feedback, and discussion;
  • Awarding of the course Certificate of Attendance;

Day 6 – Excursion

Excursion and other external cultural activities.

Audience

  • Teachers (primary, secondary, vocational, adult, special needs);
  • Teacher trainers;
  • Headteachers;
  • Principals;
  • Managers of schools. 

Specifics

  • Activities: All courses include at least one guided city tour and one full-day excursion (usually on Saturday).
  • Certificate: Certificate of Attendance guaranteed for participants who attend at least 80% of the course.
  • Lessons: Classes take place in the Morning (9:00 – 13:45) or in the Afternoon (14:00 – 18:45).
  • Price: 480 €

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