EASEL Series (Experiential Approach to Social Emotional Learning) → EASEL Series (Course 1 of 2)

1. Experiential Approach to SEL: Introduction (SEL-100)

~Mini-Course Description~
This course is for educators like you who want practical methods for applying SEL (Social-Emotional Learning) concepts to themselves, their students and their curriculum in order to create the best conditions for learning and to take concrete steps to improve mental health.

You'll learn how to foster and embed SEL concepts into your own curriculum, not someone else's, so you get to keep what's yours and add in what's meaningful. In addition to CE (Continuing Education) credits, you'll walk away from this course with greater knowledge and recognition of SEL competencies in your students and yourself, a curriculum that supports SEL and you'll learn practical ways to foster these skills using interactive, experiential learning activities that can be easily adapted to any age group.

A meta-analysis of over 200,000 students has demonstrated that students participating in SEL programs showed increased academic performance, improved classroom behavior, an increased ability to manage stress and depression, and better attitudes about themselves, others and school. (Durlak et al., 2011)

~Learning Intentions~
+Participants will be knowledgeable about Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) skills and the role they play in academic and lifelong success.
+Participants will be able to implement activities and model SEL skills to foster skill development through active learning.
+Participants will be able to modify their own syllabus to incorporate SEL skills practice into their content area (learned during the Application Course).

PD Hours: 1

  • welcome to the experiential approach to sel (10 mins)
  • Welcome to the Experiential Approach to SEL
  • EASEL Series Welcome sample
  • What is the EASEL Approach?
  • Check for Understanding #1
  • how did we get here and where are we going? (20 mins)
  • Section Overview: How Did We Get Here and Where Are We Going?
  • Poll: Survey Time
  • Poll Results: Survey Time
  • The Power of Hope
  • Introduction to SEL (30 mins)
  • Section Overview: Introduction to EASEL
  • Video: What Makes a Great Teacher?
  • Padlet discussion: Learning About YourSELf
  • SEL Definition
  • end of course surveys
  • End of Mini-Course Survey
Completion rules
  • All units must be completed