Institute for Social and Emotional Learning

We envision a world where
empathy abounds and all people thrive.

IFSEL empowers educators, young people, and parents to transform their schools into caring, inclusive communities.

2017 & 2018 Workshops and 2018 Institutes Announced!

March 12 & 13, 2018: 2-Day Workshop "Simple and Profound SEL Practices for K-12 Learning Communities" hosted by Beaver Country Day School

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June 18 — 21, 2018: 4-Day Institute hosted by Holton-Arms School, Bethesda, MD

June 25 — 28, 2018: 4-Day Institute hosted by Francis W. Parker School , Chicago, IL

July 30 - August 2, 2018: 4-day Institute hosted by The Nueva School, Hillsborough, CA 
August 3rd: 1-day SELected Sessions hosted by The Nueva School, Hillsborough, CA

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IFSEL Bay Area Workshop Series—Fall 2016
We have created a series of three workshops to help you and your school community develop core Social and Emotional Learning practices in real time. When taken together, the sequence gives you the opportunity to join a cohort of committed professionals and reconnect for a collaborative meeting at the second and third workshops. Participants at all workshops will be able to reflect on and work through ideas for current classroom communities.
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Who are we?

Since 2009, the Institute for Social and Emotional Learning has designed and led professional development Institutes, Workshops and Consultations with 6000+ educators, from over 600 schools in the United States and abroad.

We have hosted 12 four-day Institutes and many one- and two-day Workshops. Our team has led consultations with faculties from more than 200 public and private schools across the US and Internationally.

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The Response We Receive

“IFSEL was by far the most inspiring, empowering, and career-changing professional development I have ever been a part of.”  
--Attendee, Summer Institute 2014

“[IFSEL] completely changed our school culture for the better... We just did a survey with [6th -8th graders], and it was overwhelmingly in favor of more SEL.”  
--Attendee, Summer Institute 2015

Educators who attend our four-day Institutes report that the depth, scope and power of our SEL curriculum are unmatched in school communities.

Why this enthusiastic response?  Educators credit our approach.

Michelle Dowling
Wendy Reiter
Aaron Hollingshead
Dena Scott

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