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

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

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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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Kati Delahanty's picture

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.

Eric Anderson's picture
Eric Anderson
Special Ed Teacher for students with emotional and behavioral disorders

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.

Stefan Anderson's picture
Stefan Anderson
Head of Conserve School

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?

Kati Delahanty's picture

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.

Mr.Bee's picture
Third grade teacher from Michigan's Upper Peninsula

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.

Betty Ray's picture
Betty Ray
Senior Editor at Large

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

Heather Wolpert-Gawron's picture
Heather Wolpert-Gawron
ELA Teacher, Middle School, Curriculum Coordinator TOSA

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

Christine Jacobsen's picture

I'm very interested in integrating technology into social emotional learning/teaching. I've discovered some fun ways to animate and game, character education for students. Since our audience members are digital learners, I want to reach them at their level. Are there any other affective personnel in schools utilizing this medium?

Kirsten Olson's picture

I'd like the webinar to talk a bit about the kinds of neurocognitive development that we know SEL supports: higher-level thinking in terms of Bloom's taxonomy, creativity, lateral thinking. For some folks who resist SEL as "fluff," it really is helpful to understand the ways in which emotional regulation, stress reduction and productive conflict resolution, mindfulness support students in thinking in more powerful, complex ways.

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