Social and Emotional Learning

Course Outline

A few words about the course: Social-emotional learning (SEL) is the process of developing the self-awareness, self-control, and interpersonal skills that are vital for school, work, and life success. People with strong social-emotional skills are better able to cope with everyday challenges and benefit academically, professionally, and socially. From effective problem-solving to self-discipline, from impulse control to emotion management and more, SEL provides a foundation for positive, long-term effects on kids, adults, and communities. Social-emotional learning (SEL) helps improve kids’ academic performance, curtail bullying, reduce dropout rates, and build character. Well-implemented SEL programs positively affect students’ success in school. Studies show that social-emotional skills—such as problem-solving, self-regulation, impulse control, and empathy—help improve academics, reduce negative social behaviors like bullying, and create positive classroom climates.

This course aims to help teachers gain insight into SEL and be instructed on how to embed SEL into the school curriculum and develop a whole-school approach. Additionally, it provides tools to assess students’ emotional and social skills and helps them adopt strategies and methods to handle challenging behaviours. Finally, this course synthesizes a wealth of scientifically based research on social, emotional, and academic learning, which can be used to support the integration SEL/SEAL into schools, districts, and communities.

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Day 1

  • What is Social and Emotional Learning
  • How to embed SEL into the school curriculum
  • The whole-school approach

Day 2

  • SEL and Mental Health
  • Building positive relationships
  • Intervention for students with challenging behaviours

Day 3

  • How to develop relationship – centered learning environments
  • Teaching SEL online
  • ESL, Emotional Intelligence and empathy: the new learning triad

Day 4

  • Learning via play
  • Cultivating SEL through Kinesthetic activities
  • Building inclusion through ESL and drama

Day 5

  • Assessing social & emotional skills
  • Tools for SEL assessement in schools

Learning outcomes

At the end of this course, participants will:

  • Gain knowledge on the term and deeper meaning of SEL
  • Be able to embed SEL into their teaching and in the school curriculum
  • Know how to use SEL methods to address challenging behaviours
  • Be able to create inclusive learning environments based on respect and mutual understanding
  • Know how to design pedagogical material based on the SEL principles
  • Learn how to teach ESL online
  • Know how to effectively use tools in order to assess students’ social and emotional skills
  • Be able to implement drama and kinesthetic techniques in order to cultivate SEL approach
  • Enrich their communication skills and improve foreign language competencies

Methods & Tools

The methodology of this course is based on active learning strategies. The instructional approach is also used in order to provide the theoretical framework but all modules include task-based activities and group work promoting collaboration and synergy among trainees. Participants are also involved in drama techniques which boost their active participation and makes learning an experiential event.

Evaluation- feedback

Participants fill in a course evaluation form providing thus feedback on what they have been taught.