Poll: What aspects of SEL would most interest you in a webinar?

Betty Ray Director of Programming and Innovation @Edutopia

Hi! And welcome to all SEL advocates. I'm excited to finally have a group here for SEL and know Kati will be an excellent steward for the group.

Our first webinar of 2010 will be about SEL - we're in the planning stages for it now. Obviously SEL is a huge topic, and we'd love to produce a meaningful webinar. So we'd love your suggestions. What would you like to learn? Are you interested in big picture/theory/history? Or more practical tips for integrating it in the classroom? Age-specific?

Please let us your thoughts in this thread and we'll see what we can do to produce a webinar that is as meaningful and useful as possible.

Thank you!

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6th-8th Special Ed, LS & Mentally Gifted teacher

Getting EVERYONE on board

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I'd really like to know how to get a whole school on board. I no longer have my own classroom - I co-teach with other classroom teachers - so I can't set the "culture" I used to have when it was just me and my students. I'd really love strategies, ideas, etc. on how to get others to share your philosophy especially those who are less than enthusiastic.



Director of Social Media Strategy and Marketing @Edutopia, edcamp organizer

What grade level?

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Thanks for posting this Betty. As part of the team that conducts Edutopia's webinar, we'd also love to know what grade level you teach. We know that teaching SEL best practices tend to be most effective when they are targeted to an appropriate ages (i.e. what works in kindergarten may not work well in 3rd grade). I'd like to know what grades everyone teaches, so we could tailor the webinar to those that attend.

Our first thought was to gear it towards elementary/middle school, since we did our last webinar on a high school. Thoughts?

Thanks in advance,

Happy to Join the Discussion

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I am very pleased to be joining this discussion. I have been involved in SEL program development, implementation, evaluation, and school-wide integration for several decades. My blog for Edutopia covers the wider topic of Social-Emotional and Character Development and over the past months, we have addressed many logistical issues related to SEL, including the buy-in/getting people on board issue. So please check out the posts and comments! Also, the idea of an SEL webinar is terrific and will be a great boost for the field, so please respond with your ideas and encourage your colleagues interested in whole child education to do the same!

Best wishes for the New Year,

Good point, Elana. I think

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Good point, Elana. I think SEL is very age/grade specific. I teach high school, but I am always adapting/modifying strategies and lessons that I find for middle-school students.

I am also curious about which grades other members teach.

Special Ed Teacher for students with emotional and behavioral disorders

I teach in a Day Treatment

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I teach in a Day Treatment Program and have a class that contains all four high school grades.

My school uses Skillstreaming to teach prosocial behavior, but I would be interested in other approaches. Skillstreaming depends on role-playing by students but many of my colleagues find it nearly impossible to get any participation from them.

Head of Conserve School

As a parent and as an

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As a parent and as an administrator I am interested in how a school can promote consistency in practice across the staff. How do you create and support a positive culture for social emotional learning?

This is such a good question,

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This is such a good question, Stefan. I know what I'm about to suggest seems so obvious, but I think it really starts with a discussion. I know at my school, it's hard to find the time to have a whole-staff discussion. But we do try to meet at least once a term to check in. It could be effective, too, to send out an electronic survey to all of your staff to find out how interested or opposed people are to the idea of SEL. Then you could start with a small team (either an Instructional Leadership Team or a School Site Council), and have them start to brainstorm ways to weave SEL into what your school is already doing. Or you could have a group of collaborating teachers pilot something--maybe even just one small routine. And then look at the data around how it influenced (or didn't) community and/or student achievement.

Third grade teacher from Michigan's Upper Peninsula

It should be what school is

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It should be what school is all about. I have a belief that our society cannot improve unless we recognize the importance of the whole student. It really is not about control, but rather how to deal with freedom. How about a handshake, a look in the eye, and a smile.

Director of Programming and Innovation @Edutopia

SEL webinar topics

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Thanks for the great suggestions, everyone! Would love to hear any others, so feel free to jump in.

Middle School teacher by day, Tweenteacher by night

Writing on the Wall

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There are two elements I'd love to learn more about:

1. Age/grade level differences in SEL

2. Why it's important to teach. I believe that we are coming to a place in education where schools are going to play a greater part in the raising of our children and our community (like a center of sorts). So I would love a webinar that could address what the writing on the wall is about incorporating SEL into schools. If it's coming, fewer teachers can debate whether or not to include its strategies.

Thanks for this thread!

-Heather WG

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