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The Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) recognizes five core competencies that promote intrapersonal, interpersonal, and cognitive competence.  In this course, you will focus on the self-management competency.  Self-management is one of the five social emotional learning (SEL) competencies that includes regulating one’s emotions, stress management, self-control, motivation, and setting and achieving goals (CASEL. 2020).  Why Improve my Social and Emotional Learning Skills? Educators who develop their own social and emotional learning skills improved their well being, but also improved the social, emotional, and academic development of their students (Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence; Panorama Education). Students learn SEL skills when educators effectively model these skills  Berman, S., Chaffee, S., & Sarmiento, J. (2018). The practice base for how we learn: Supporting students’ social, emotional, and academic development (The Aspen Institute). Educators who incorporate and model SEL skills improve the quality of their school climate through positive teacher-student relationships, effective classroom management, job satisfaction, and improved health and well-being (Panorama Education). Socially and emotionally competent educators develop supportive relationships, identify and manage their own emotions with others to develop and enhance their social and emotional skills (adapted from Yoder, Center on Great Teachers and Leaders, 2014).   Read More

The Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) has identified five competencies that are crucial to effective Social and Emotional Learning for children and adults. Social-Awareness is one of those competencies and this course will guide educators through the examination of your personal self. Elevating your practice as an educator is more than just a depth of understanding of your curriculum area, or your job function(s). Connecting with your students, their families, and colleagues is a critical component of elevating your effectiveness when working with others.  Your awareness of self and others, experiences and growth are critical components to understanding and assisting your students and the adults connected to their lives. You should continue to acquire and effectively apply the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to be competent and successful in relationships with others, especially with those who differ from you, holding values and beliefs different from yours, and whose experiences differ from yours.  The deep understanding of your story and of your development leads to an expansion of your understanding about yourself and others. Your story may very well lead you to action. What will this action be? Only you can determine that!    Read More

In this course, you will explore asynchronous digital tools and learn how you can use them to write engaging lessons that meet the needs of all of your students—including the needs of English language learners, special needs students, and students who are above or below grade level in reading and writing. Read More

Anyone in the education profession knows that working with students involves more than just subject matter and teaching methods. We teach students first, building relationships with young people that necessitate our awareness of when things might be going wrong for them.  This course will take you through how to become a trauma-informed educator, with special application to the current COVID-19 pandemic. The activities, journaling, exploration, and sharing that is suggested in this course will help you solidify concepts about trauma-informed teaching and process how they can be useful in your online or physical classroom. Read More

Learn how popular EdTech tools can be leveraged to collect formative assessment and inform instruction in an asynchronous environment. Read More

How can physical classroom routines (submitting work and getting help) be transformed for effective use in virtual spaces? This webinar will discuss how to teach students the necessary skills to confidently navigate virtual learning communities and also help students transition to virtual/remote learning that seems familiar to face-to-face instruction. Read More

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