Background: Inspiration for Teaching the Whole Child
Social emotional learning is a tool that every great teacher uses. The impact of this support helps build awareness, self-esteem, and helathy realtionsihp skills. The teachers who guide their students through SEL, and academic growth, serve the whole child, resulting in whole adults.
My inspiration for this project comes from my work in the nonprofit sector; for 7 years I designed, piloted, trained others, and managed trauma-informed programming in detention centers, psychiatric hospitals, schools, and clinics. This work was transformative, through collaborations with Sutter, Kaiser, UC Davis and others, I was able to glean a huge took kit of trauma-informed practice. It became impossible to leave a prison, embodying these practices and not continue to interact with others in the same way. It became clear that there is a best way to interact, discuss, and act around others that promotes growth. In completing this M.Ed. program I sought tools to bring trauma-informed practices to students, to promote growth within SEL. I've found that the combination of my nonprofit work and education experience provided a toolkit that I hope to pass on to other educators. In the Learn More section you will find the SEL123 survey tool to assess and refine your own SEL toolkit.
Discover the Research that supports SEL integrated instruction! In this mixed methods study, adults taking a trauma-informed training, were given the flipped lesson to access the content before the training. All those in the intervention group verbalized huge benefits from their involvement.
How did this prototype evolve? Check out the Design Process page for prototype plans and more!
What are the implications from this project? Who helped along the way? And what are the next steps for research and discovery around SEL. Check out Next Steps, for details.
What is SEL Again?
Social Emotional Learning is the newest tag phrase in education. To sum it up, it is teaching students about our responsibility as a member of society; including our own interactions with self, others, and life affirming practices. Sound to woo-woo for you? Well think again SEL has been found to support students in all aspects of their lives. CASEL, an org on the front lines of this movement shares some successes in a Chicago school below.
Video: Inside Chicago Public Schools: SEL at Marcus Garvey Elementary, Source: CASEL