Reflections on IFSEL’s Summer Institute

by Valentina Rodriguez, MD.
School Therapist at Christina Seix Academy, Trenton, NJ

This summer I was able to participate in the Institute for Social and Emotional learning (IFSEL) hosted by Stuart Country Day School in Princeton, NJ. At the Institute, I was able to completely immerse myself in a unique 4-day, hands-on, interactive and innovative experience to expand my knowledge and best practices around SEL.

Valentina Rodriguez, MD. School Therapist

I would like to acknowledge that my experience at the Institute was very positive and inspiring. I was able to meet a variety of educators from all over the US and the world. I was able to learn a lot from everyone I met and I connected with other schools who are at various levels in their SEL journey. A highlight for me was that self-care was promoted through the Institute. It seemed to be intentionally designed for the adults to model the importance of tapping into our emotions to acknowledge how we are feeling and what it means to best support the emotional growth of our students. This was a huge deal not only to me but to our students and school community. This is why…

I am the current school counselor at Christina Seix Academy, a nonprofit, nontraditional, junior boarding, independent school. CSA focuses on serving students from single-parent households. The majority of our students are from Trenton and surrounding underprivileged areas. CSA’s founder, Ms. Christina Seix, had the vision to create an outstanding and holistic education experience for all CSA students and their families. This gives them an opportunity to transition “from potential to achievement”. Her generosity expands to offering a full scholarship to each individual CSA student to not only be able to benefit from the top of the line academic and athletic programs but also to experience boarding school Mon-Fri.

In addition, CSA is opened all year around for an extended day experience. Due to the very intentional level of engagement and the relational work that is promoted on a daily basis, the possibilities for Social and Emotional Learning to happen are endless. Learning about IFSEL has opened the door to cutting edge and research-based best practices to implement a solid SEL program a CSA that will help our students build upon their  SEL literacy, self-awareness, resilience, and social interactions. I am very excited to start the 2019-2020 school year strong by collaborating with teachers and administrators to ensure that SEL is embedded in our school community and culture!

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. 

Nurturing a Whole-Community approach to Social and Emotional Learning

hosted at

The American School in JapanTokyo, Japan


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.


Strong Space for Relationships: Building a Flourishing Advisory Program

hosted at

Woodside Priory SchoolPortola Valley, CA


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.


IFSEL's Winter Reboot

hosted at

Woodside Priory SchoolPortola Valley, CA


This two-day workshop for K-6 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 School in HoustonHouston, 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


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. 

October 26, 2019

October

 

26

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October 27, 2019

Nurturing a Whole-Community approach to Social and Emotional Learning

hosted at

The American School in JapanTokyo, Japan


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.


November 5, 2019

November

 

5

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November 6, 2019

Strong Space for Relationships: Building a Flourishing Advisory Program

hosted at

Woodside Priory SchoolPortola Valley, CA


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.


December 4, 2019

December

 

4

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December 5, 2019

IFSEL's Winter Reboot

hosted at

Woodside Priory SchoolPortola Valley, CA


This two-day workshop for K-6 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

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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

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April 23, 2020

Nurturing a Whole-Community approach to Social and Emotional Learning

hosted at

St. John's School in HoustonHouston, 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

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July 30, 2020

Alumni Institute

hosted at

The Nueva SchoolSan Mateo, CA


Alumni Institute is designed to reconnect Alumni and renew their connection and commitment to SEL.


August 3, 2020

August

 

3

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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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