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. 

Catalyzed by SEL

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Practical and High-Impact Approaches to Integrating SEL into the Subject Curriculum in Every Classroom.

Online January 12th and 14th - 4-6pm Pacific, 7-9pm Eastern


This highly practical, two-session online course will provide 3rd - 12th Grade teachers and administrators with myriad strategies for embedding SEL directly within any learning moment.


The Joy of Advising (Course 1)

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Inspiring Approaches and Practical Tools for Middle and High School Advisors and Homeroom Teachers

Online January 14th, 19th, and 21st | 4:00 - 6:00pm Pacific, 7:00 - 9:00pm Eastern


This inspiring course offers opportunities to build and re-energize Advisor tools and approaches. Learn and practice 'low-prep, high-impact' practices that nurture advisory connection in-person and through Distance Learning.


Paving a Path for All to Thrive

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SEL Teaching Practices, Skills, and Positive Communication for the Elementary Grades K - 6

Online January 26th, 28th, February 2nd, and 4th - 4:00 - 6:00pm Pacific, 7:00 - 9:00pm Eastern


This course provides effective lesson sequences and simple, profound practices. Learn a framework of common language to build emotional intelligence, positive communication, and restorative practices.


The Joy of Advising (Course 2)

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Deepening Approaches and Practical Tools for Middle and High School Advisors and Homeroom Teachers

Online February 2nd, 4th, and 9th | 1:00 - 3:00pm Pacific, 4:00 - 6:00pm Eastern


This experiential course, as a follow-up to Joy of Advising 1, extends and deepens approaches and practices that empower high quality advising in Middle and High Schools.


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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. 

January 12, 2021

January

 

12

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4:00 pm

 Pacific 

January 12, 2021

January

 

12

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January 14, 2021

Catalyzed by SEL

hosted at

Practical and High-Impact Approaches to Integrating SEL into the Subject Curriculum in Every Classroom.

Online January 12th and 14th - 4-6pm Pacific, 7-9pm Eastern


This highly practical, two-session online course will provide 3rd - 12th Grade teachers and administrators with myriad strategies for embedding SEL directly within any learning moment.


January 14, 2021

January

 

14

 — 

4:00 pm

 Pacific 

January 14, 2021

January

 

14

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January 21, 2021

The Joy of Advising (Course 1)

hosted at

Inspiring Approaches and Practical Tools for Middle and High School Advisors and Homeroom Teachers

Online January 14th, 19th, and 21st | 4:00 - 6:00pm Pacific, 7:00 - 9:00pm Eastern


This inspiring course offers opportunities to build and re-energize Advisor tools and approaches. Learn and practice 'low-prep, high-impact' practices that nurture advisory connection in-person and through Distance Learning.


January 26, 2021

January

 

26

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4:00 pm

 Pacific 

January 26, 2021

January

 

26

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February 4, 2021

Paving a Path for All to Thrive

hosted at

SEL Teaching Practices, Skills, and Positive Communication for the Elementary Grades K - 6

Online January 26th, 28th, February 2nd, and 4th - 4:00 - 6:00pm Pacific, 7:00 - 9:00pm Eastern


This course provides effective lesson sequences and simple, profound practices. Learn a framework of common language to build emotional intelligence, positive communication, and restorative practices.


February 2, 2021

February

 

2

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4:00 pm

 Pacific 

February 2, 2021

February

 

2

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February 9, 2021

The Joy of Advising (Course 2)

hosted at

Deepening Approaches and Practical Tools for Middle and High School Advisors and Homeroom Teachers

Online February 2nd, 4th, and 9th | 1:00 - 3:00pm Pacific, 4:00 - 6:00pm Eastern


This experiential course, as a follow-up to Joy of Advising 1, extends and deepens approaches and practices that empower high quality advising in Middle and High Schools.


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