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
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
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.
The SELected Sessions Conference is a one-day event that brings together nationally and internationally renowned SEL experts and presenters.
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.Professional Development Events
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
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.
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. Please let me know if this would be a possibility... and what the next steps would entail.
[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!
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!
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.
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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