What We Offer

IFSEL Schools

Each year we design and lead a one-year Path of faculty development work for six schools. The Path is customized for each school’s needs, so SEL can be integrated fully into the education experience of all students and teachers.

IFSEL Schools

Consulting

Members of the IFSEL Team are available to support schools on-site through creative and engaging professional development. We work closely with schools to understand their hopes and needs, co-creating an agenda designed for maximum benefit and impact.

Consulting

Professional Development Events

Institutes

Institutes are our core experience, designed with SEL as a professional and personally transformative experience. Join a cohort of educators, administrators, and counselors from Kindergarten through 12th grade for four days of inspirational and informative sessions, collaboration, and reflection that range across a broad library of SEL topics and research. Gain experiential knowledge and resources to bring SEL to your school communities. 

Workshops

Our Workshops offer exciting professional and personal renewal through learning experiences that engage your growth mindset and resiliency. Workshops afford opportunities for both new and experienced educators to engage with sound research and time-tested curricula resources.  Gain insight through thoughtful discussion, well-designed interactions, and the opportunity for self and group reflection.

SEL Jobs

The Institute for SEL is committed to supporting schools to bring SEL to their communities. If your school is looking to hire an SEL specialist, counselor, administrator or classroom teacher, IFSEL can help spread the word.

SEL Job Opportunities

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.


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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. 

October 26, 2019

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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

 

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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

 

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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

 

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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

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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

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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

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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.


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Testimonials

What have participants at our Institutes and Workshops said about their experience?

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Wendy Jo Reiter

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.

Michelle Dowling

There has been a transformational change in our Lower School in just this past year as we implemented the SEL program... and I am eager to continue its growth! Particularly as we look to engage our Middle School faculty as well.... simultaneously striving to train every single Lower School faculty member.

Dena Scott

[Thank] you and your fabulous team of [IFSEL] colleagues for hosting such an inspirational institute! I wanted to take the opportunity to be a learner and I truly was able to soak up such incredible insight and knowledge from all of those that were there… Transitioning from community mental health to a school I have really felt so privileged to have the ability to spend so much time with educators who can share such complex perspectives on working with children. The IFSEL was such an awesome bridge for me and grounding place… Thank you again!

Aaron Hollingshead

We had a great experience with the IFSEL Team during our day of professional development for our middle and high school teachers! In fact, today I tried the Open Session in a career course that I'm teaching at the moment and it was tremendous!

Larry Purcell

Finally, a 5th grader, who has never spoken up in our assemblies before said, "I think it's like learning a really tough piece in piano. Sometimes it's so hard you have to decide, 'Do I stick with it or do I quit?' I'm dealing with something in my life right now where I have to make that decision. It's hard, but I'm learning what that feels like and how to be honest with myself about it." The reason I share this with you is that I attribute our SEL work to helping our students continue to find their voices. There are so many layers in the comments above. Our students are synthesizing ideas and feelings. They are seeking out examples of family and friends and allowing others to be an influence in their lives. And finally, our students are taking risks, real risks, and navigating their lives with confidence...all while not being afraid to be without answers in the process. Things like Check-ins, Open Session, and themed advisory activities are helping our already healthy community find new depths. Thank you to you and your team for your guidance, support and mentoring.

Krista M. Promnitz

As a mental health professional and school administrator, it is difficult to find professional development opportunities that are thought-provoking, fresh, and applicable while remaining anchored in research and best practices. Our time spent together exceeded all of those points for me. When I registered for the institute, I hoped to gather some ideas to revamp our Advisory program in the Upper School. We are struggling to get it up and running, which has left many feeling that the program does not add value and that it takes away teaching time. I left my time with you full of ideas and excitement to implement programming that will help our students reconnect with their emotionality and thoughts.

The activities and sessions were intentional and I appreciated the threaded concepts that linked each session together. Every activity had a purpose and helped me better understand the concept of social emotional learning as an everyday instructional strategy. Much of what I hear from my teachers involves reluctance to "add" to their responsibilities and we are working toward integration, rather than addition, and simple techniques such as a Check In and the emotional thermometer are both effective and non-threatening for the reluctant educator. We will certainly put these (and other techniques) in place this fall and are looking forward to watching our faculty and students grow!

Thank you for the time and thought that your team puts into these events. I left excited, energized, and ready to start the new school year in a positive and mindful manner.

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