Empowering
Educators.
Transforming
Schools.

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 750 schools in the United States and abroad.

Understanding Social & Emotional Learning (SEL)

Watch IFSEL's Director and Co-Founder, Nick Haisman-Smith, explain SEL and how it helps children and adults succeed.

Learn more about our approach and how we help schools and districts adopt a framework for SEL here.

LAUNCHED: In-Person Summer Institutes for 2022

We are thrilled to announce that during the summer of 2022, IFSEL will once again offer our flagship SEL Institutes IN-PERSON at these locations/dates:

  1. June 27-30: Washington, DC Area
  2. July 25-28: Chicago, IL
  3. August 1-4: San Francisco Bay Area
Financial Aid and Group Discounts Available for All Institutes

What we offer:

LAUNCHED: In-Person Summer Institutes for 2022

We are thrilled to announce that during the summer of 2022, IFSEL will once again offer our flagship SEL Institutes IN-PERSON at these locations/dates:

Financial Aid and Group Discounts Available for All Institutes
Find out more and Register!

Featured Professional Development Events

Summer SEL Institute - Washington, DC

The Institute provides participants with inspiration and current research as well as experiential lesson materials. Throughout our time together, IFSEL’s facilitators will demonstrate a unique take on ten distinct educator practices that expand social and emotional learning, inclusivity and well-being..

June 27-30
4 Days
In-Person
K-12
Summer SEL Institute - Chicago, IL

The Institute provides participants with inspiration and current research as well as experiential lesson materials. Throughout our time together, IFSEL’s facilitators will demonstrate a unique take on ten distinct educator practices that expand social and emotional learning, inclusivity and well-being.

July 25-28
4 Days
In-Person
K-12
Summer SEL Institute - San Francisco Bay Area

The Institute provides participants with inspiration and current research as well as experiential lesson materials. Throughout our time together, IFSEL’s facilitators will demonstrate a unique take on ten distinct educator practices that expand social and emotional learning, inclusivity and well-being.

August 1-4
4 Days
In-Person
K-12
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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

"Thank you for making this something to look forward to. Trainings are always awesome, but when you learn how to grow from a deeper place inside, that is something that is hard to put a value you, and you always want more!!! THANK YOU!!!"
--High School Teacher and Virtual Workshop 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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