Institute for Social and Emotional Learning

We envision a world where
empathy abounds and all people thrive


Corona Virus and COVID-19 Update

As the impact of COVID-19 locally and globally continues to evolve, the IFSEL team is closely monitoring developments and following advice from local and national authorities as to recommendations about travel and hosting events in the coming months. We are also regularly in touch with all of our host schools and we will contact all registrants for our upcoming events directly as soon as we have any new information. If you have questions, please email nick@instituteforsel.net .


Online Courses and Workshops

This year, we are called to embrace the opportunity of a uniquely different world. IFSEL is adapting to this digital environment by offering Online Courses and Workshops. Both provide creative, renewing, and practical professional development to nurture social and emotional learning for all.


Support and Belong

In the meantime, if you’re looking for ways to support SEL, belonging and connection during this period of Distance Learning, please check out our blog.


The Institute for Social and Emotional Learning empowers educators, young people, and parents to transform their schools into caring, inclusive communities.

Since 2009, IFSEL has designed and led professional development Institutes, Workshops, and Consultations with 7000+ educators, from over 700 schools in the United States and abroad.

Upcoming Professional Development Events

IFSEL Institutes and Workshops provide opportunities for K-12 educators, administrators and counselors to experience a range of SEL activities, and also to understand the research and rationale that underpin them. 

Catalyzed by SEL

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Practical and High-Impact Approaches to Integrating SEL into the Subject Curriculum in Every Classroom.

Online January 12th and 14th - 4-6pm Pacific, 7-9pm Eastern


This highly practical, two-session online course will provide 3rd - 12th Grade teachers and administrators with myriad strategies for embedding SEL directly within any learning moment.


The Joy of Advising (Course 1)

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Inspiring Approaches and Practical Tools for Middle and High School Advisors and Homeroom Teachers

Online January 14th, 19th, and 21st | 4:00 - 6:00pm Pacific, 7:00 - 9:00pm Eastern


This inspiring course offers opportunities to build and re-energize Advisor tools and approaches. Learn and practice 'low-prep, high-impact' practices that nurture advisory connection in-person and through Distance Learning.


Paving a Path for All to Thrive

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SEL Teaching Practices, Skills, and Positive Communication for the Elementary Grades K - 6

Online January 26th, 28th, February 2nd, and 4th - 4:00 - 6:00pm Pacific, 7:00 - 9:00pm Eastern


This course provides effective lesson sequences and simple, profound practices. Learn a framework of common language to build emotional intelligence, positive communication, and restorative practices.


The Joy of Advising (Course 2)

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Deepening Approaches and Practical Tools for Middle and High School Advisors and Homeroom Teachers

Online February 2nd, 4th, and 9th | 1:00 - 3:00pm Pacific, 4:00 - 6:00pm Eastern


This experiential course, as a follow-up to Joy of Advising 1, extends and deepens approaches and practices that empower high quality advising in Middle and High Schools.


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Upcoming Professional Development Events

IFSEL Institutes and Workshops provide opportunities for K-12 educators, administrators and counselors to experience a range of SEL activities, and also to understand the research and rationale that underpin them. 

January 12, 2021

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4:00 pm

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January 12, 2021

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January 14, 2021

Catalyzed by SEL

hosted at

Practical and High-Impact Approaches to Integrating SEL into the Subject Curriculum in Every Classroom.

Online January 12th and 14th - 4-6pm Pacific, 7-9pm Eastern


This highly practical, two-session online course will provide 3rd - 12th Grade teachers and administrators with myriad strategies for embedding SEL directly within any learning moment.


January 14, 2021

January

 

14

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4:00 pm

 Pacific 

January 14, 2021

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14

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January 21, 2021

The Joy of Advising (Course 1)

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Inspiring Approaches and Practical Tools for Middle and High School Advisors and Homeroom Teachers

Online January 14th, 19th, and 21st | 4:00 - 6:00pm Pacific, 7:00 - 9:00pm Eastern


This inspiring course offers opportunities to build and re-energize Advisor tools and approaches. Learn and practice 'low-prep, high-impact' practices that nurture advisory connection in-person and through Distance Learning.


January 26, 2021

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26

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4:00 pm

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January 26, 2021

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February 4, 2021

Paving a Path for All to Thrive

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SEL Teaching Practices, Skills, and Positive Communication for the Elementary Grades K - 6

Online January 26th, 28th, February 2nd, and 4th - 4:00 - 6:00pm Pacific, 7:00 - 9:00pm Eastern


This course provides effective lesson sequences and simple, profound practices. Learn a framework of common language to build emotional intelligence, positive communication, and restorative practices.


February 2, 2021

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February 2, 2021

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February 9, 2021

The Joy of Advising (Course 2)

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Deepening Approaches and Practical Tools for Middle and High School Advisors and Homeroom Teachers

Online February 2nd, 4th, and 9th | 1:00 - 3:00pm Pacific, 4:00 - 6:00pm Eastern


This experiential course, as a follow-up to Joy of Advising 1, extends and deepens approaches and practices that empower high quality advising in Middle and High Schools.


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Upcoming IFSEL Professional Development

New SELected Session speaker and schedule posted!

FIND OUT MORE AND REGISTER FOR SELected Sessions

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, San Mateo, CA 
August 3rd: 1-day SELected Sessions hosted by The Nueva School, San Mateo, CA

Find out more and register for Institutes

October 15, 2018: One-Day Workshop "Creative SEL Approaches and Practices for K-12 Educators, Counselors and Administrators” hosted by Seattle Country Day School

Find out more and register for One-Day Workshops

The Responses We Receive

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

  “[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.”  
--Middle School Teacher, Advisor, and Summer Institute Participant

"I received so much from the Workshop: new tools and resources, personal affirmation of my pedagogical practices, amazing connections, and social support and grounding. It exceeded all my expectations!"
--High School Teacher and Workshop Participant

"This Workshop was a wonderful experience - the materials, the takeaways, the easily implemented strategies and tools will be invaluable for working with students, faculty, and staff."
--Lower School Teacher and Workshop Participant

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