Nurturing a Whole-Community Approach

to Social and Emotional Learning

Hosted by
St. John's School, Houston, TX

Wednesday, April 22 - Thursday, April 23, 2020

This creative and experiential two-day workshop offers educators, administrators, counselors and advisors the opportunity to learn how to build classroom practices and school-wide systems that nurture the social and emotional health of all members of the community. Schools that intentionally activate SEL across the community in this way see wide-ranging benefits for emotional and mental health, a growth in the sense of belonging and community, and positive shifts in mindset, engagement and learning.

 

Workshop Goals

  • Explore the ‘what, why and how’ of IFSEL’s Whole-Community Framework for SEL
  • Provide insights into effective practices and structures for implementing SEL in lower schools and through middle and high school advisory/mentoring programs
  • Experience age-differentiated activities that will deepen and promote inter- and intra-personal development K-12
  • Explore practices that activate SEL throughout the curriculum, in content areas, and throughout school-wide systems
  • Provide opportunities for professional and professional renewal and reflection

Who Should Attend?

K-12 Educators, Administrators, Counselors, Deans, Advisors, Advisory Coordinators, Wellness Teachers

What's Included?

  • A binder of resources, materials and lessons
  • Connection with other educators
  • A hearty and healthy breakfast, lunch and plenty of snacks

This workshop offers exciting professional and personal renewal through learning experiences that engage your growth mindset and resiliency.  There are opportunities for both new and experienced educators to engage with sound research and time-tested curricula resources, and gain insight through thoughtful discussion, well-designed interactions, and the opportunity for self and group reflection.

Join our workshop if you:

  • Seek personal and professional renewal
  • Seek creative and innovative resources to engage student and educator social and emotional learning
  • Are responsible for implementing a whole-school SEL approach
  • Seek support in developing an integrated and structured approach to building social and emotional competencies across the grades.

What's included:

  • A comprehensive packet of SEL lesson plans, materials and research
  • Healthy breakfast, lunch, snacks and refreshments each day (accommodation for different dietary needs available)
  • Joining an international network of educators committed to Social and Emotional Learning

Dr. Fred Luskin

Director of the Forgiveness Project
Stanford University
Cultivating Positive Emotion to
Manage Stress and Sustain Performance

Alison Park

Founder of Blink Consulting
Good Teaching is Good Teaching, Right? Rethinking ‘best practices’ through
a cultural competency lens

Liza Raynal

Head of Middle School
The Nueva School
Leading from Listening:
Student Voice as the North Star

Laura McGourty

Licensed Clinical Counselor
Understanding Mental Health
and Challenging Mental Health Stigma

Dr. Fred Luskin

Director of the Forgiveness Project
Stanford University

Alison Park

Founder of Blink Consulting

Liza Raynal

Head of Middle School
The Nueva School

Laura McGourty

Licensed Clinical Counselor

Testimonials

Example Institute ScheduleFinal Institute ScheduleInstitute ScheduleFinal 2018 SELected Sessions schedule

Example Schedule

Schedule

Tuesday, April 22, 2020
9:00am - 3:30pm

Breakfast, Welcome and Opening Experiences
It's Fundamental

An interactive session providing an introduction to the “What, Why and How” of SEL in K-12 Schools. We will also outline IFSEL’s Whole Community Framework and share guiding principles for instruction, teacher responses, and curricular design.

Lunch

Toolbox for the Elementary Grades (K – 5th Grade)

This workshop introduces the foundational SEL tools for students. The core IFSEL sequence of lessons is presented to meet the developmental needs of elementary-aged children. The SEL “toolbox” also provides language and skills to address common classroom and group issues. You will experience activities that explore the capacity and motivation of children to apply social and emotional learning to their daily lives.

OR
Building a Thriving Advisory/Mentoring Program: Foundations, Principles and Practices
(5th – 12th Grade)

This session is designed for educators working in settlings that either do not have an established advisory program or where the existing program is not achieving its goals. We know that students are eager for adults to hold a purposeful, playful space that engages connection and brings respite within the challenges of the school day.  SEL brings a wide and creative lens to view Advisory or homeroom meeting times. The session explores, in depth, design ideas for Advisory (goals, role of the Advisor, timing and grouping). It also offers a small number of experiences and rituals that engage meaningful conversations, personal reflection, and positive group interactions among students. This session is also relevant for non-advisors or schools that do not have an advisory program.

Example Detailed Institute Schedule

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2020
9:00am - 3:30am

Breakfast and Welcome

Introduction to Check In

Explore a range of creative and innovative ways to offer students the opportunity to check-in with their emotional state.

Creative Approaches to Developing Emotional Intelligence (K – 8th Grade)

This session offers an experiential opportunity to delve deeply into the foundational SEL tools. Teachers will discuss, write, and reflect on SEL process questions.  They will experience how to use the role of the observer as a key element of feedback to the group.  They will explore the different ways that silence, creative expression, listening, and cooperation open up students to greater social and emotional learning. We will also provide a framework for reflection and building resiliency before students experience school trips or other forms of group transition.

OR
Catalyzed by SEL (5th – 12th Grade)

Innovative approaches to activating SEL through subject content can support depth of insight and empowered learning for students. This session provides a facilitated exploration of opportunities for social and emotional learning in different discipline areas - centering on the SEL tool kit. You will hear about creative lesson ideas for embedding SEL into subject content and also work with fellow participants to create new SEL opportunities in the lessons and units you already teach.

Lunch

School-Wide SEL Design (K – 12th Grade)

What organizing principles, practices, and school-wide systems are vital to consider as we build caring relationships that resonate in our schools, and increase wellbeing for every community member? In this session we will intentionally address underdeveloped, even neglected aspects of our school’s systems and support structures. The focus for successful design will include creative ways to map, record, and organize SEL curricula so it “lives” within the community; include learning opportunities outside the classroom such as trip preparation, recess, bus ride agreements; and space for teacher personal growth.

Nurturing the Teacher’s SELf (K – 12th Grade)

This culminating workshop opens the space for educators to explore their own emotional health and how the role of educator can pull them into and out of alignment with their most empowered teacher SELf. We will provide space for reflection and the opportunity to set intentions and goals based on learning from the workshop. The session also offers a range of tools for emotional self-care and wellbeing.

Reflection, Appreciations and Closing
Example Detailed Institute Schedule

Location Information and Registration

St. John's SchoolHouston, TX

Location Information

The campus can be reached via personal car or app based rides. 

From April 22 — 23, our two-day workshop will be hosted by St. John's School. The spectacular school campus is located about 5 minutes outside of downtown Houston.

St. John's School

2401 Claremont Ln, Houston, TX 77019

Accommodation &
Transportation Guide

Early Bird Price

Register by 

January 31, 2020

Price

After 

January 31, 2020

$1,100.00

$1,250.00

Summer Institute +
SELected Sessions

$1,100.00

$2,550

Register Now →
SPECIAL OFFER: Send 3 teachers for the price of 2!

Applies to both Early Bird and Full prices.
You must register in multiples of 3 people in order to qualify.
Please email
admin@instituteforsel.net to receive this offer.

SPECIAL OFFER: Send 4 teachers for the price of 3!

Applies to both Early Bird and Full prices.
You must register in multiples of 4 people in order to qualify.
Please email
admin@instituteforsel.net to receive this offer.

Financial Aid, CEUs and Refund/Cancellation Policy

CEUs and Refund/Cancellation Policy

Financial Aid

IFSEL is committed to empowering all educators to attend the Summer Institute and we have Financial Aid programs to support this vision.
Click “Apply Now” to complete the Financial Aid Application Form.
Please note, this form can not be saved and therefore needs to be completed in one sitting.

Application Deadline

Financial Aid Decision Sent By

CEU Information


Participants in IFSEL Events are eligible for CEU Credits from Dominican University. Participants completing One-Day Workshops are eligible for 0.5 of a credit, Two-Day Workshop Participants receive 1 credit and Four-Day Institute Participants receive 2 credits.

If you are interested in applying, please request the application at the event registration desk. The application and fees are sent directly to Dominican University which administers the process. At this time, IFSEL is not able to provide credits for clinical counseling. Please note that Dominican University charges a fee of $55 per CEU unit.

Refund and Cancellation Policy

One of IFSEL’s core values is to support schools and educators seeking professional development. We understand that plans may change, and respectfully request that if you cannot attend a workshop, please try to find a substitute from your school to take your place.

If you inform us of your need to cancel up to 4 weeks before the workshop date, we will return your fee, minus a $50-per-workshop, per-person processing fee. Cancellation with less than 4 weeks notice is non-refundable, but can be transferred to another person.

IFSEL reserves the right to cancel any program at any time. In that circumstance, a full refund will be made. To begin the cancellation process, please email us at admin@instituteforsel.net.

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. 

IFSEL's Winter Reboot

hosted at

Woodside Priory SchoolPortola Valley, CA


This two-day workshop for K-8 Grade Educators, Administrators, and Counselors is designed to foster a sense of re-connection to self, others and the natural world.


Strong Space for Relationships: Building a Flourishing Advisory Program

hosted at

Miami Country Day SchoolMiami, FL


This two-day workshop for 5-12 Grade Educators takes a deep-dive into how SEL practices can empower Middle and High School Advisory and Homeroom.


Nurturing a Whole-Community Approach to Social and Emotional Learning

hosted at

St. John's SchoolHouston, TX


This creative and experiential two-day workshop offers educators, administrators, counselors and advisors the opportunity to learn how to build classroom practices and school-wide systems that nurture the social and emotional health of all members of the community.


Alumni Institute

hosted at

The Nueva SchoolSan Mateo, CA


Our brand new two-day Alumni Institute is designed to reconnect Alumni and renew their connection and commitment to SEL.


Institutes are our core experience, designed for K-12 Educators with SEL as a professional and personally transformative experience.


See All Professional Development Events

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. 

December 4, 2019

December

 

4

 — 

December 5, 2019

IFSEL's Winter Reboot

hosted at

Woodside Priory SchoolPortola Valley, CA


This two-day workshop for K-8 Grade Educators, Administrators, and Counselors is designed to foster a sense of re-connection to self, others and the natural world.


January 27, 2020

January

 

27

 — 

January 28, 2020

Strong Space for Relationships: Building a Flourishing Advisory Program

hosted at

Miami Country Day SchoolMiami, FL


This two-day workshop for 5-12 Grade Educators takes a deep-dive into how SEL practices can empower Middle and High School Advisory and Homeroom.


April 22, 2020

April

 

22

 — 

April 23, 2020

Nurturing a Whole-Community Approach to Social and Emotional Learning

hosted at

St. John's SchoolHouston, TX


This creative and experiential two-day workshop offers educators, administrators, counselors and advisors the opportunity to learn how to build classroom practices and school-wide systems that nurture the social and emotional health of all members of the community.


July 29, 2020

July

 

29

 — 

July 30, 2020

Alumni Institute

hosted at

The Nueva SchoolSan Mateo, CA


Our brand new two-day Alumni Institute is designed to reconnect Alumni and renew their connection and commitment to SEL.


August 3, 2020

August

 

3

 — 

August 6, 2020

Institutes are our core experience, designed for K-12 Educators with SEL as a professional and personally transformative experience.


See All Professional Development Events

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