SEL: Developing Social and Emotional Competencies in our Schools and Ourselves

Courtnay Veazey
Lower & Middle School Counselor
Lausanne Collegiate School

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What is Social Emotional Learning (SEL)
Monday, July 17 – 9:30 am

Overview of CASEL’s definition of social emotional learning. Discuss various organizations currently researching SEL (e.g. Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence – https://characterlab.org/tools/social-emotional-intelligence).  Provide rationale for incorporating SEL into all academic subjects.

The Effects of Adverse Childhood Experiences on SEL
Monday, July 17 – 11 am

Definition of adverse childhood experiences (ACE) and history of the CDC’s ACE study (https://www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/acestudy/). Role of how ACE affect students’ receptiveness to SEL. Discussion of how trauma affects brain development (https://www.amazon.com/Body-Keeps-Score-Healing-Trauma/dp/0143127748).

Self-Care Within the Context of SEL
Monday, July 17 – 1:30 pm

Message of how SEL is done with students – not to them. Definition of self-care and its role in being an effective educator/school counselor. Review of CASEL’s Core  SEL Competencies and reflection on how those skills, attitudes, and behaviors are evident in our own lives (http://www.casel.org/core-competencies/).

SEL Through the Lens of the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO)
Tuesday, July 18 – 9 am

Presentation of how the IBO views SEL (https://ibpublishing.ibo.org/server2/rest/app/tsm.xql?doc=m_g_mypxx_mon-nc_1608_1_e&part=1&chapter=1). Discussion of research regarding social and emotional well-being in Baccalaureate World Schools. (Final report is found here: http://www.ibo.org/contentassets/318968269ae5441d8df5ae76542817a0/research-continuum-social-and-emotional-well-being-in-ib-world-school-final-report.pdf)

SEL in the Classroom
Tuesday, July 18 – 10:30 am

Discussion of practical ways educators can incorporate SEL concepts into their classrooms.

Fostering a Growth Mindset in Overachieving Students
Tuesday, July 18 – 1 pm

Definition of growth mindset and grit (https://www.amazon.com/Grit-Passion-Perseverance-Angela-Duckworth/dp/1501111108/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1486489003&sr=8-1&keywords=angela+duckworth+grit). Explanation of how overachieving students and students with perfectionistic tendencies struggle with the Growth Mindset concept. Discussion of strategies for working with students who experience a fixed mindset.