Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) for Successful Schools

Susan Gagliano

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Susan Gagliano

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Today’s educators know that the key to optimal learning lies in creating a school community that supports, teaches, and models Emotional and Social Intelligence. Our students face a world of complex relationships that require them to identify and manage their emotions, interact constructively with others, understand healthy boundaries, and take responsibility. These “intelligences”, as described by Daniel Goleman, can be incorporated into our teaching practices through Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) methods and strategies.

Through the framework of the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL), course participants will gain a deeper understanding of the impact of SEL and steps to implement it. Through practical and experiential activities, course members will deepen their own self-awareness, empathy, and social skills, which will enrich their own Social and Emotional Intelligence. Concrete tools and strategies for conflict management, stress reduction, and resilience will empower the group to not only do SEL activities but to be an SEL educator.

Each participant will develop their own course of action for promoting SEL in their school, through reflection, experience, sharing, and creating the path that best fits their unique school community, in a highly interactive, engaging learning experience.

Learning outcomes

The course will help the participants to:

  • Understand and implement aspects of the CASEL integrated framework;
  • Gain greater emotional and social literacy;
  • Experience an SEL environment first-hand;
  • Increase self-awareness, empathy, resilience, and assertiveness;
  • Implement strategies for effective communication, Mindfulness, and collaboration in a tailor-made program to bring home;
  • Immerse themselves in an environment of empowerment that will enable participants to continue generating a culture of SEL in their own schools.

Tentative schedule

Day 1 – Course introduction

  • Introduction to the course, the school, and the external week activities;
  • Icebreaker activities;
  • SEL activities to create our group;
  • Establishing the foundations for a school community that embraces SEL.

Day 2 – Emotional Intelligence and Communication

  • The CASEL framework for implementing SEL;
  • The science of emotions and Emotional Intelligence;
  • Self-awareness tools and strategies – practical activities;
  • Effective communication: changing our tune.

Day 3 – Social Intelligence and Collaboration

  • Collaboration and relationship skills;
  • Group SEL activities;
  • Autonomy, responsibility and healthy interdependence.

Day 4 – Self-regulation, Resilience and Conflict Management

  • Mindfulness in Schools, healthy boundaries for better relationships;
  • Obstacles as opportunities and other building blocks to resilience;
  • Facilitating constructive conflict management with SEL.

Day 5 – Community building

  • Extending SEL to families and greater community;
  • Design your unique path to SEL;
  • Share and compare with coursemates;
  • Closing activities for group.

Day 6 – Course Closure & Excursion

  • Course evaluation: round-up of acquired competencies, feedback, and discussion;
  • Awarding of the course Certificate of Attendance;
  • Excursion and other external cultural activities.

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