The rise of social media and cultural diversity, along with numerous other factors, have increased the need for self-awareness, self-control, empathy, and resilience in our youth. As may be expected, these life skills play a large part in this same group’s success in school. Educators like yourself must be prepared to take on greater responsibility in shepherding those skills now for the long-term. The first step is learning what Social Emotional Learning (SEL) is, how it operates, and how to use it.

Understand the research and resources for SEL in order to grasp the impact of positive relationships and emotional connections. Discover the primary tools used for measuring social and emotional growth in children, the Collaborative for Academic Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL) Social Emotional Competencies and the Formative Five skills. These sets of standards spell out the different skills and abilities that children can grow to understand and want to maintain, such as self-confidence, self-motivation, relationship skills, and grit. Bring all of your lessons into fruition by developing a plan of your own based on existing statistics and using CASEL and the Formative Five. Applying your comprehensive plan in your own classroom can initiate the start of greater academic success and higher expectations of your students, and higher potential for positive functioning as an adult.

Designed For

  • PK-12 teachers, including classroom teachers, special education, and ESL and bilingual teachers
  • Resource specialists
  • Literacy coaches and language development specialists
  • Curriculum coordinators
  • Principals and administrators
  • Parents and Parent-Teacher Organization members

What You'll Learn

  • Research for Social Emotional Learning and available resources
  • The relationship between positive relationships and emotional connections
  • The Collaborative for Academic Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL) Social Emotional Competencies and the Formative Five skills for students’ emotional success
  • Development of an applicable plan for your classroom using both CASEL and the Formative Five

What You Can Do With This Program

Positions are available in a variety of levels within the education industry. Jobs might include:

  • Special education teachers
  • Literacy coaches
  • Language development specialists
  • Principals and administrators
  • Curriculum coordinators

Additional Details


Specialized Study Program in Social and Emotional Learning
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