Our students need more than academics.

Now more than ever, students need a rich education that goes beyond academics to support their social and emotional needs. Studies show that evidence-based SEL programs lead to improved academic performance and student behavior and yield an average return-on-investment of 11:1.

Now more than ever, students need a rich education that goes beyond academics to support their social and emotional needs.

Studies show that evidence-based SEL programs lead to improved academic performance and student behavior and yield an average return-on-investment of 11:1.

The power & promise of SEL

The evidence is increasingly clear that students benefit greatly from an education that goes beyond academics to foster their social & emotional development.

Bring SEL to your school community

Incorporating social emotional learning into your school’s curriculum requires a good deal of work. You’ll need to create a cultural shift in your school, provide staff training, and curate educational content vetted by experts to support students and families. But you don’t have to go about all this on your own.

Here are a few resources that can help you get started:

Professional development for school leaders & staff

To create a culture of SEL at your school, staff and school leaders alike will need training in best practices. Created in partnership with MDE and MEMSPA, we’ve designed online courses that offer educational leaders & staff strategies for implementing SEL at their school.

SEL curriculum for students, parents, & staff

Thanks to funding from the state of Michigan, we are providing Michigan families with FREE access to our Michigan Cares Portal. This online platform houses hundreds of lessons designed to help children in grades K-12 develop the skills required for social, emotional, and mental well-being. This resource will be freely available until the end of the 2020-21 school year.

Customize a mental health & SEL program for $1000

For a limited time, we’re offering Michigan schools & districts the opportunity to design a customized mental health & SEL portal for their school community for a nominal fee of $1000. In addition to access to digital lessons, you’ll receive district/school-specific branding, custom reporting, single sign-on, and more.

An example of inspiring SEL leadership

Not sure where to start with creating a culture of SEL at your school? In this webinar, Dr. Joe Ricca, superintendent of White Plains Public Schools in New York, shares how he helped his school community embrace social emotional learning.

Take a deeper dive.

Because social emotional learning is so critical to student wellbeing, we’ve curated a variety of articles, podcasts, and videos on the topic from researchers and experts in the field. If you find these resources helpful, subscribe to the Digital Backpack to stay up-to-date on our latest tips & tricks for innovating student learning.

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.