Social and Emotional Learning Institute for K-12 Educators
This 2-day summer institute will provide teachers the opportunity to explore the research, tools, and practices of Social and Emotional Learning (SEL). Using experiential and active learning techniques based in research and practice, the institute will help teachers develop a range of skills to support students’ emotional well-being, interpersonal communication skills, and problem-solving skills.
Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) is “the process through which people learn to recognize and manage emotions, care about others, make good decisions, behave ethically and responsibly, develop positive relationships, and avoid negative behaviors. Such skills are critical components of the success of all schools.” (Elias, 2007). With SEL, students perform better academically, and the educational community is more nourishing and vital. Lack of SEL can result in students bringing disruption and anxiety to educational and social encounters, and in teachers being too depleted to model emotional wellness or to inspire.
Participants will be grouped by elementary or middle/high school. The Institute will include multiple sessions geared to specific grade levels (elementary or middle/high school), ensuring that participants learn age-appropriate strategies for their students. Be sure to purchase a ticket that corresponds with the grade level you teach.
Participants will develop tools and strategies to:
- Conduct classes in ways that build capacity for personal reflection, meaningful conversation, ritual and group harmony.
- Practice skills that engage students in meaningful conversations, personal reflection, and positive group interactions.
- Use SEL principles to facilitate more powerful academic curriculum design.
- Apply SEL techniques to improve Advisory, Homeroom, or community meetings.
- Work with values to build teacher resilience, humanity and creativity.
- Learn about and practice ways to facilitate student-to-student conflict resolution.
The workshop is ideal for K-12 teachers and administrators, counselors, advisors, and deans.
Elizabeth McLeodDirector, Institute for Social and Emotional Learning
Elizabeth has served as SEL Specialist with grades 1-6 at The Nueva School; classroom teacher for 5th-8th grates at Live Oak School; and school counselor at Marin Primary and Middle School. She has also served as facilitator for the Women’s Leadership Forum, in partnership with Australia’s National Excellence in School Leadership Initiative.
Rush Sabiston FrankDirector SELected Sessions and Workshops, Institute for Social and Emotional Learning
Rush’s work is informed by more than two decades of counseling practice, teaching experience, and social work with youth and families. She taught SEL in grades 5-8 at Nueva School for eight years. She also served as Upper School Counselor at Marin Country Day. And at Odyssey Family Counseling Center, she helped treat and educate mandated and at risk youth in an outpatient substance abuse program, ran anger management groups, and ran a survivors of suicide group for children.
Dan SweeneySchool Leadership Advisor, Institute for Social and Emotional Learning
As the Middle School Head and Director of Professional Growth at Seattle Country Day School since 2010, Dan has facilitated the adoption of SEL through tight cross-curricular, pan-departmental integration, and through a purposeful center class for intermediate school students. Prior to moving to Seattle, Dan taught 1st, 2nd, 4th, and 5th grade at North Shore Country Day School in Winnetka, Illinois.
Janice TobenManaging Director, Institute for Social and Emotional Learning
Janice is an education innovator whose work focuses on the design and teaching of SEL practices that promote positive school climate. She has conducted seminars and delivered presentations at Teacher's College, Columbia University, Wheelock College, Learning and the Brain, Innovative Learning, National Association of Independent Schools, Northwest Association of Independent Schools, California Association for the Gifted, and the San Francisco Unified School District.