Social-Emotional Learning: Embedding SEL Schoolwide

For social and emotional learning to have the greatest impact on students and staff, it must be woven into the fabric of everyday school life. This course will equip you with strategies for bringing SEL into daily classroom instruction and the school improvement planning process. You’ll also learn how SEL connects with other important efforts that occur within a school (e.g., educator effectiveness, trauma-responsive practices, and cultural responsiveness). Embedding SEL School Wide is the second of five courses in the online professional development series: SEL in Michigan State Schools.

In this course, you will:

  • Describe a systemic approach to implementing SEL, recognizing that schools and districts can promote social and emotional development even amidst budgetary stress and leadership turnover.
  • Recognize the importance of implementing SEL schoolwide, such that SEL is not an add-on but a part of the fabric of school life.
  • Connect SEL with other important efforts within a school (e.g., MTSS, educator effectiveness, discipline, PBIS, mental health, bullying, trauma-responsive practices, and cultural responsiveness).
  • Identify strategies to embed SEL within the school improvement planning process to reflect SEL as a priority.
  • Create action steps to explicitly embed SEL within the daily function and instruction of schools and classrooms.

This course can be used by an SEL leadership team to stimulate exploration of systems and leadership support, in addition to helping educators think about ways in which SEL is connected schoolwide. As such, we include activities that are meant for SEL leadership teams to be carried out during an extended period of time.

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Who should take this course?

Child Care Provider
Support Staff

What grade level(s) does this course apply to?

Early Childhood
High School
Lower Elementary
Middle School
Upper Elementary