Summer
SEL Institutes

Empowering Educators. Transforming Schools.
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K - 12
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Four Days
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Financial Aid &
Group Pricing Available

4-Day Summer SEL Institutes

    2023 dates and locations to be announced this fall.

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    Four days of experiential workshops providing opportunities for collaboration, reflection and renewal

    Each Institute brings together K-12 teachers, administrators and counselors from around the world for a 4-day professional development program that builds on evidence based SEL practices and fosters collaboration, reflection and renewal.

    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.

    Our SEL Institutes:

    1. Share core principles and practices for equity-rooted SEL in K-12 schools
    2. Offer experiential practices that spark creativity and renew inspiration for teaching
    3. Help educators cultivate their teaching practices so that a strong sense of humanity and empathy inspires their students to evolve into compassionate leaders and resilient learners
    4. Provide a space for educators to reconnect with joy and purpose through reflection, play and engagement with peers
    5. Explore skills, mindsets and heartsets to nurture community-wide SEL
    6. Strengthen the capacity of  educators  to bring SEL to classrooms, curricula, and systems to transform schools into more inclusive and caring communities

    Each 4-Day Institute Provides:

    • Comprehensive binder of developmentally appropriate SEL lesson plans, materials and research.
    • Healthy breakfast, lunch, snacks and refreshments every day (accommodation for different dietary needs available)
    • Inform an educator's perspective in ways that help spark creativity and renew inspiration for teaching.
    • An international network of educators committed to Social & Emotional Learning

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Sessions & Content
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    Registration
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    Location Information
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    COVID & Health Policies
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    CEUs & Certificates of Participation
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    Four days of experiential workshops providing opportunities for collaboration, reflection and renewal

    Each Institute brings together K-12 teachers, administrators and counselors from around the world for a 4-day professional development program that builds on evidence based SEL practices and fosters collaboration, reflection and renewal.

    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.

    Our SEL Institutes:

    1. Share core principles and practices for equity-rooted SEL in K-12 schools
    2. Offer experiential practices that spark creativity and renew inspiration for teaching
    3. Help educators cultivate their teaching practices so that a strong sense of humanity and empathy inspires their students to evolve into compassionate leaders and resilient learners
    4. Provide a space for educators to reconnect with joy and purpose through reflection, play and engagement with peers
    5. Explore skills, mindsets and heartsets to nurture community-wide SEL
    6. Strengthen the capacity of  educators  to bring SEL to classrooms, curricula, and systems to transform schools into more inclusive and caring communities

    Each 4-Day Institute Provides:

    • Comprehensive binder of developmentally appropriate SEL lesson plans, materials and research.
    • Healthy breakfast, lunch, snacks and refreshments every day (accommodation for different dietary needs available)
    • Inform an educator's perspective in ways that help spark creativity and renew inspiration for teaching.
    • An international network of educators committed to Social & Emotional Learning

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

    • All attendees must be fully vaccinated with a vaccine approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or World Health Organization (WHO). 
      A list of approved vaccines can be found here.
    • Participants will be asked to follow venue rules and local guidance with respect to social distancing.
    • Catering will follow health and safety precautions including adequate spacing to promote social distancing and provide pre-packaged food options.
    • Chairs will be set to allow social distancing.
    • Hand sanitization stations will be placed throughout the venue to encourage frequent hand sanitization.
    • We will follow best practices for attendees that include avoiding shaking hands.

    Location Accommodation & Travel Guides

    June 27-30
    The Potomac School
    Washington DC Area
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    The Potomac School

    1301 Potomac School Rd
    McLean, VA 22101

    Nearby Airports:
    Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) - 11 miles
    Dulles International Airport (IAD) - 20 miles
    Baltimore Washington International Airport (BWI) - 45 miles

    Accommodations:
    To help you get started on your search, IFSEL has compiled a list several hotels near The Potomac School.
    Please note that the hotels listed here are for reference only, and inclusion on this document does not represent a formal endorsement by IFSEL.
    Staybridge Suites Tysons McLean - 3 miles
    Hilton McLean Tysons Corner - 5 miles
    Courtyard Tysons McLean - 5.5 miles

    Registration Fee: $2,350
    Group Discount:
    Register 4 participants for the price of 3!

    July 25-28
    Rogers Park Montessori School
    Chicago, IL
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    Rogers Park Montessori School

    1800 W Balmoral Ave
    Chicago, IL 60640

    Nearby Airports:
    O'Hare International Airport (ORD) - 13 miles
    Chicago Midway (MDW) - 20 miles

    Accommodations:
    To help you get started on your search, IFSEL has compiled a list several hotels near Rogers Park Montessori School.
    Please note that the hotels listed here are for reference only, and inclusion on this document does not represent a formal endorsement by IFSEL.
    Majestic Hotel - 4 miles
    Best Western Plus - Hawthorne Terrace - 4 miles
    Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile - 9 miles
    theWit Chicago - 10 miles

    Registration Fee: $2,350
    Group Discount:
    Register 4 participants for the price of 3!

    August 1-4
    The Nueva School
    San Francisco Bay Area, CA
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    The Nueva School

    Nearby Airport:
    San Francisco International Airport (SFO) - 10 miles

    Accommodations:
    To help you get started on your search, IFSEL has compiled a list several hotels near The Nueva School.
    Please note that the hotels listed here are for reference only, and inclusion on this document does not represent a formal endorsement by IFSEL.
    San Mateo Marriott - 3 miles
    Hyatt Regency SFO - 5 miles
    Hilton SFO - 5.5 miles
    Marriott Marquis - 22 miles
    Hotel G - 23 miles
    Palace Hotel - 23miles

    Registration Fee: $2,350
    Group Discount: Register 4 participants for the price of 3!

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Sessions & Content
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    I work with early years, will I get something out of the Institute?
    The Institutes are designed for K-12th grade educators and sessions are offered that meet both age-specific SEL outcomes, as well as K-12 themes. That said, many early years specialists have attended Institutes over the years and have found the experience impactful, and personally and professionally renewing. You can see our Institute Schedule for more information.

    How do I know which sessions to choose and when do I select them?
    A sample schedule can be found here. The final schedule will be published 6 weeks before the Institutes begin. All sessions have a recommended Grade level indicator on the schedule. There are multiple paths that are options, but no fixed ‘tracks’. You’re welcome to pick any session in which you are interested.

    We will email participants one month in advance to ask them to select their session choices. 

    If I have done an IFSEL online training, will I get something out of an in-person summer Institute?Our in-person Institutes offer comprehensive, experiential, intentionally-designed SEL professional development. The depth and richness of the overall experience is different from our shorter online Workshops. Some elements of our online Workshops are included in the Institute content, but there are always other sessions to choose from at those times. 
    The most notable benefit of attending the Institute is the element of personal and professional renewal and the ongoing interactions with other educators. 

    A sample schedule can be found here.

    I am a parent can I come to the institute?
    IFELS’s Summer Institutes are designed for educators and administrators.  Many of our sessions focus on classroom implementation of SEL practices. For parents, we recommend our ***Parent and Caregiver Support***

    I am an educational consultant, can I come?
    Consultants are welcome to join one of our Summer Institutes.  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.

    Registration
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    Do you offer financial aid?
    Yes, IFSEL is committed to empowering all educators to attend our Summer Institutes 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 in mid-March.  After that date, we will accept and assess applications 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 Institute 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 Summer Institute webpage.

    Do you provide shuttles from public transportation?

    Unfortunately, we do not offer a shuttle from the Metro Station to our Summer Institute Locations. 
    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.

    COVID & Health Policies
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    What are your COVID and health policies?
    IFSEL will comply with all national, local, and venue COVID Regulations and these will be monitored regularly for updates.

    Additionally, all attendees must be fully vaccinated with a vaccine approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or World Health Organization (WHO). 

    A list of approved vaccines can be found here.

    CEUs & Certificates of Participation
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    Do you provide Continuing Education credits? 
    Yes, participants at our Summer Institute professional development programs are eligible for 2.0 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 admin@instituteforsel.net

    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.


    Register Now!

    June 27-30
    The Potomac School
    Washington DC Area
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    The Potomac School

    1301 Potomac School Rd
    McLean, VA 22101

    Registration Fee: $2,350
    Group Discount:
    Register 4 participants for the price of 3!

    July 25-28
    Rogers Park Montessori School
    Chicago, IL

    *limited spots remaining

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    Rogers Park Montessori School

    1800 W Balmoral Ave
    Chicago, IL 60640


    Registration Fee:
    $2,350
    Group Discount:
    Register 4 participants for the price of 3!

    August 1-4
    San Francisco Bay Area, CA
    The Nueva School

    *limited spots remaining

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    The Nueva School

    131 E 28th Ave
    San Mateo, CA 94403

    Registration Fee: $2,350
    Group Discount:
    Register 4 participants for the price of 3!

    Financial Aid
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    IFSEL is committed to empowering all educators to attend our Summer Institutes and we have Financial Aid programs to support this vision.

    Please note, this form can not be saved and therefore needs to be completed in one sitting.

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    Cancellation Policy
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    We are currently planning for this Institute to take place in person. However, if for health reasons we are unable to do so, we are ready to pivot and hold this event online. In this scenario, we will refund participants $200 to cover the costs of meals at the Institutes.

    Registration fees will be refunded at 50% of the registration ticket price paid, less the $50 refund processing cost, if requested in writing more than two-weeks prior to the start of the course.  From two weeks prior to the start of the course until the day before the course begins, refunds requested in writing will be granted a credit for the full value of their registration ticket price. No refunds or credits are available on or after the start date of the course. To begin the cancellation process, please email us at admin@instituteforsel.net.

    CEU Information
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    Participants at our Summer Institute professional development programs are eligible for 2.0 CEU credits from Dominican University. More information about credits will be shared at the start of the course.

    If you are interested in applying, please let us know after the course is complete. The application will then be sent to you to submit to Dominican University, which administers the process.

    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.

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