The Heart and Science of Advising:
Practices, research, and resources key to advising success

The Heart and Science of Advising:
Practices, research, and resources key to advising success

Designed to support and inspire ALL Middle and High School Advisors and Homeroom teachers - whether you're new to the role or looking to hone your craft. IFSEL brings a wide and creative lens to view Advisory meeting times. The course explores principles for a thriving advisory program, specifically focusing on the role of the advisor, building advisee buy-In, and ‘low-prep, high-impact' practices to bring advising to life.

You will also practice using meaningful process questions, deepen your SEL skillset, and plan the implementation of proven, creative, and collaborative Advisory activities.

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Workshop Details

The workshop provides:

  • Design ideas for Advisory (goals, role of the Advisor, timing and grouping)
  • A series of experiences that engage meaningful conversations, rituals, personal reflection, and positive group interactions among students
  • Activities that will deepen and promote inter- and intra-personal development and explore the importance of a structured but emerging curriculum for Advisory
  • A comprehensive binder of resources, materials and lesson plans

Who Should Attend

  • Principals and Division Heads
  • Aspiring School Leaders
  • Counselors
  • SEL Coordinators
  • Deans of Students, Grade Level Deans
  • Members of a Student Service Team
  • School Social Workers
  • Curriculum Coordinators
  • Directors of Learning

Session Topics

US Time Zones:
7:00 - 8:30 pm Eastern | 4:00 - 5:30 pm Pacific

November 14
December 12
January 9
February 6
March 12
April 16
May 14

Building a Strategic Vision for SEL
Rooting SEL in Equity, Inclusion, & Justice
Enhancing Adult and Educator SEL
Systems and Structures that Foster SEL
Data and Evidence to Inform Continuous Improvement
Sustaining and Nurturing SEL

Location Information

Viewpoint School

23620 Mulholland Highway
Calabasas, California 91302

Nearby Airport:
Los Angeles International Airport (LAS) - 31 miles
Hollywood Burbank Airport (BUR) - 23 miles

To help you get started on your search, IFSEL has compiled a list several hotels near the workshop. Please note that the hotels listed here are for reference only, and inclusion on this document does not represent a formal endorsement by IFSEL.

We recommend registrants book fully-refundable travel and accommodation. IFSEL is not liable for any costs incurred.

Hilton Garden Inn Calabasas
- 3.5 miles
Holiday Inn Express - 4 miles
Courtyard by Marriott-  5 miles

Workshop Includes

  • A comprehensive binder of resources, materials and lesson plans
  • Connection with other educators
  • A hearty and healthy lunch and plenty of snacks


March 11 & 12 at Viewpoint School

Advance Registration by February 16:

After February 16:



Group Rate: 20% discount for groups of 4 or more.

Financial Aid
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Cancellation Policy
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"Our Middle division program has grown exponentially over the time we've collaborated. To witness the activity at the faculty meeting where our faculty responded to your statements along the continuum, strongly indicated, in the most graphic ways, the degree to which they have positively responded to our work together. Clearly the majority of our faculty feel overwhelmingly more confident and positive in their advisory role and in the classroom."

- Wendy Jo
Horace Mann School

The SEL Leadership Program supports leaders and educators around the world to build and sustain an inclusive, equitable, SEL-rooted school community.

This program is experiential, inspiring, and renewing - providing a balance of high impact practical tools and approaches, alongside space for collaboration and reflection.

As a cohort, members of the SEL Leadership Program will work closely for seven months to support each other, share ideas, and offer a critical space for problem solving and planning.


Sessions & Content
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If I have done an IFSEL online training, will I get something out of an in-person workshop?
Our in-person workshops offer comprehensive, experiential, intentionally-designed SEL professional development. The depth and richness of the overall experience is different from our shorter online courses. Some elements of our online courses are included in the Workshop content. 

A sample schedule can be found here.

I am an educational consultant, can I come?
Consultants are welcome to join one of our Workshops.  However, consultants, as well as all attendees, must comply with our Materials Use Policy.

We would like to provide this training for our entity faculty, do you have options for private sessions?
Yes, IFSEL provides SEL Professional Development for schools, districts, and other organizations. More information on IFSEL’s consulting, online, and in-person training can be found here.

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Do you offer financial aid?
Yes, IFSEL is committed to empowering all educators to attend our Workshops and we have Financial Aid programs to support this vision.  Applications for financial aid can be made here.  Notification of Financial Aid awards will occur on a rolling basis. 

Do you offer a group discount?
Yes.  SEL implementation is always better when done as a team. We encourage organizations to send a group of participants and offer 4 registrations for the cost of 3 as a group discount.

Location Information
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Do you provide hotel recommendations?
IFSEL provides a list of hotels near each Workshop venue.  However, the hotels listed here are for reference only, and inclusion does not represent a formal endorsement by IFSEL.

Detailed Location Information can be found on the Location Information card above.

Do you provide shuttles from public transportation?

Unfortunately, we do not offer transportation to our Workshops. 

Whether using your own car, Uber, or a taxi, IFSEL will help facilitate carpools: look for a noticeboard near the registration table for participants to connect with one another.

Health Policies
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What are your health policies?

IFSEL will comply with all national, local, and venue COVID Regulations and these will be monitored regularly for updates.

CEUs & Certificates of Participation
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Do you provide Continuing Education credits? 
Yes, participants at our Workshops are eligible for 1.0 CEU credits from Dominican University. 

Please note that Dominican University charges a fee of $55 per CEU unit. At this time, IFSEL is not able to provide credits for clinical counseling.

If you need a CEU Registration Form please email

Do you provide CEUs for counselors?
No, unfortunately, we are unable to offer CEUs for counselors.

My organization requires a certificate of completion, can you provide one?
Yes, certificates of completion will be provided after the completion of the Institute.

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