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.

SCECHs Granted


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

Course Partner

Course Vendor

Michigan Virtual

Limited Course Capacity

We’re sorry to inform you that we have reached capacity for several of our Semester 1 and Trimester 1 courses. You’ll notice when attempting to enroll students in our Student Learning Portal that some courses are unavailable. While we are no longer accepting new enrollments for these courses at this time, many courses continue to remain open for enrollment.

With many students across the state 100% remote, demand for our online courses is greater than ever before. Because every course we offer is taught by a Michigan-certified teacher, this high volume of enrollments has created capacity issues for our teachers who provide each and every student with individual feedback.

While the Michigan Virtual team anticipated and planned for significant increases in student enrollments this Fall, the increased demand we’ve experienced has been unprecedented. As a result, we are taking steps to hire even more part-and full-time teachers to support larger numbers of student enrollments for Semester 2 as well as for Trimester 2 and 3. 

For schools that still need online learning options this year, please fill out the form at the bottom of our virtual pathways page to meet with someone to discuss other solutions. While some of our teacher-led courses are full, we may still have the capacity to help you in upcoming terms or can discuss timing to implement a whole-school or collaborative program in which local teachers from your school/district use our online course content to teach students. We also have free course content and resources available for you to use.

We know this is an incredibly stressful time for all, and we’re sorry if the courses you’re looking for are unavailable. We never want to turn away a student who wants to learn from us. Our top concern, however, is student success, and we have a policy to not take on additional enrollments if we cannot guarantee that all students will have a quality online learning experience. 

We appreciate your patience and understanding as we navigate the unusually high volume of enrollments we are receiving.