Social Emotional Learning in School-Focused Programs

March 5, 2015 – Respiratory Health Association

Facilitator: Caryn Curry, Mental Health America of Illinois

Most educators would agree that social emotional learning (SEL) is part of the full development of every student. SEL is widely recognized as essential to both emotional health and academic success. This workshop in particular focused on how we, as partners, use social emotional learning as part of our work in schools, and how we can more effectively communicate that work.

Part One:

Workshop participants learned the main components of social emotional learning, as described by the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL).

Developed by CASEL

Caryn’s full PowerPoint presentation: Social Emotional Learning Presentation Caryn Curry, MHAI

Part Two:

Workshop participants worked on recognizing personal emotional responses to different environments and how that impacts work with students and colleagues. Caryn emphasized how important it is to be able to model for students the skills we are trying to teach.

VIDEO: Understanding the connection between stress and decision making – Amygdala Hijack:

Self assessment for presenters: Self-assessment on social emotional intelligence

Part Three:

Participants connected Illinois SEL standards with their work in the classroom with students.

Understanding Illinois SEL standards: SEL standards

Examples of SEL integration in school-based work: Additional SEL resources

Additional resources:

Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL):

Resources for assessing social emotional learning:

Mental Health America of Illinois – resources and trainings:

A special thanks to Respiratory Health Association for generously hosting our training at their office.


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