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GCU EDU-588Social Emotional LearningRobert Guillen

Professional Development Design

8. SEL PD Activity.

4. Effects of SEL on students & teachers.

7. SEL examples & activities.

3. Why is SEL Important?

10. Reflection and satisfaction survey.Feel free to take breaks as needed.

6. 5 components of SEL.

2. What is SEL?

9. SEL PD Discussion.

5. SEL Needs Assessment.

1. Objectives.


Offer ways to implement and integrate SEL practices in your classroom.

Look at ways to identify and assess your SEL needs in the classroom.

Goal 2

Step 3

Objectives for todays PD

Define SEL and understand why it is becoming increasingly important in educaiton.

Goal 1

Jobe-Embedded Profressional Development

Term used to describe how adults (teachers) learn based on teaching practices and is intended to improve on their content specific instructional strategies (Croft et al., 2020)From our needs assessment survey we gathered enough data and feedback to identify a specific want & need for our schools job-embedded professional development.This presentation will take a look at how increasingly important SEL has become in re-engaging students in school post pandemic.


Needs Assessment Data

Feedback and information gathered from teachers on campus filling out our needs assessment survey for EDU 585 at Yucaipa High School.


What is SEL?

What is SEL?

Social Emotional Learning is the process of developing social and emotional skills in the context of a safe, caring, well-managed and engaging learning environment (CASEL, 2020).SEL allow both students and adults the ability to process information effectively and apply what they've learned by understanding and managing emotions, setting positive goals and showing empathy towards others in order to create and maintain positive relationships (CASEL 2020).


Why is SEL important?

According to the CDC and National Institute of Health Gen Z (our students) since the pandemic are about twice as likely to battle depression and emotional distress during their high school career. 42% of high school students nationally have reported feelings of hopelessness and extreme sadness. Emergency room visits for suspected self harm attempts among adolescents rose 31% during the pandemic.

What is SEL?

Students will develop skills by:1. Recognizing and managing emotions.2. Developing care and concerns for others.3. Establish positive relationships.4. Making responsible decisions.5. Setting and achieving positive goals.6. Handle challenging situations constructively.

What is the impact on students?

Student Gains: - Social & Emotional Skills.- Improved attitude about themselves, others and school officials (teachers).- Positive behavior.- Increase in assignment and assessment goals.Reduced risk:- School code of conduct problems.- Incidents involving aggressive behavior.- Decrease in emotional distress.

How do teachers benefit from SEL?

Teachers who possess strong social and emotional competencies and strategies are more likely to stay in the classroom longer (CASEL 2009). Teachers who practice SEL strategies are more effectively able to address challenges with their students behavior.

SEL Needs Assessment Survey

Take the next 15 minutes to fill out this SEL survey based on your school and classroom.https://forms.gle/vFfnuHzvTmyNNSMJ9When completed, take the next 25-30 minutes to go over your responses with those in the session to compare results. Please visit with at least 3 other teachers.Please be prepared to share findings and possible solutions with the group.

Responsible decision making


5 Components of SEL






Social Awareness


Relationship Skills

Social Emotional Learning

5 Domains of SEL


The ability to understand one's own emotions, thoughts and values and how they influence their behavior at school or work.Examples: Integrating personal and social identities.Identifying one's emotions and communicating them.Demonstrating honesty and integrity.Linking feelings, values and thoughts.Having a growth mindset.Developing interest and a sense of purpose.


The ability to manage one's emotion, thoughts and behaviors effectively in various situations to achieve a goal.Examples: Managing one's emotions.Identifying and using stress-management techniques.Setting personal goals.Using a planner or other organizational skills.Taking initiative.

Social Awareness

The ability to understand the perspectives of others and show empathy when needed from those with diverse backgrounds, cultures and context.Examples: Taking others perspectives.Recognizing strengths in others.Demonstrating empathy and compassion.Identify diverse social norms.Understanding the influences of organizations and systems of behavior.

Relationship Skills

The ability to establish and maintain healthy and supportive relationships and navigate effectively with diverse individuals or groups.Examples: Communicating effectively and responsibly.Developing positive relationships.Practicing teamwork and collaborative problem-solving.Resolving conflicts constructively.Resisting negative social pressure.Showing leadership in groups (large/small).Standing up for the rights of others.

Responsible Decision Making

The ability to make caring and constructive choices about personal behavior and social interactions across diverse situations.Examples: Demonstrating curiosity and open-mindedness.Learning how to make reasoned judgment after analyzing information, data and facts.Identifying solutions for personal and social problems.Understanding and reflecting one's role in family, friends and community.

  • Make learning collaborative (small/large) group assignments.
  • Give out student surveys to collect feedback from your students about how and what they are feeling.
  • Create scenarios and assignments that challenge them to use what they've learned about SEL.
  • Create excitement about the learning process and DON'T focus only on the end goal.
  • Take time out of the class day for mental breaks and stretches.
  • Recognize, celebrate and incorporate cultural diversity into your daily lesson planning and assignments if possible.


SEL for Students

  • Practice self-reflection and check in regularly with yourself.
  • Keep a separation between personal time and work time. Create healthy boundaries.
  • Express yourself when needed in responsible, creative ways.
  • Be mindful and meditative.
  • Take mental breaks throughout the day as needed.
  • When engaging with students, remember to "respond" & not "react".

SEL for Teachers

SEL Activities to try in your classroom.

Mindful Morning Check-Ins:Create a simple Google Form that students can easily access at the begging of each class using their smart phones or Chromebook that allows them to measure how they are feeling that day. Using a simple number scale (1-5) students can measure how they're feeling mentally and emotionally and provide details if they want. Teachers can check this feedback easily and in real time while students work on the daily warm ups. This gives teachers the opportunity to see who may need some additional attention throughout the period and offer guidance if needed after class.

SEL Activities to try in your classroom.

Brain Breaks using Nearpod activities:There are 100's of premade SEL Activities using the online program Nearpod that provide students with opportunities to draw, journal, reflect and incorporate various SEL techniques ranging from quick 5 minute mental breaks to more in depth and detailed task that can take up to 20 minutes. These breaks for the normal class rhetoric can be refreshing for students who are grinding through the day.


SEL Classroom Activities

Keep it simple:Meditation Mondays: Take 5 minutes out of class to practice breathing exercises, stretch, relax and focus on the positives in your life.SEL Question of the day:Assign a quick write prompt on the board each day that makes students reflect on their daily life. They may answer it in their notebooks, journals or even anonymously on an index card. Get them thinking reflectively.


SEL PD ACtivity

Within your small group take 5-10 minutes to write down some recent triumphs and successes you've had big or small. Write them down and explain how they made you feel and what it took to achieve them. After 10 minutes share with your group some of your examples and see if you can find any commonalities between them. As a group find some success stories you all have experienced as educators and share them out loud with the entire room.

Reflection Questions

Here are some questions to ask yourself about your students and classroom:1. How supported to my students feel in regards to their social, emotional and mental health?2. How supported by your administration to you feel in regards to your own social, emotional and mental health?3. What would you like to see provided or improved to increase the success of questions 1 & 2?4. What did you learn about working with others during today's PD and what would you like to learn more about?5. How comfortable to you feel now about SEL and moving forward?6. What are some things that keep you in a positive and good mood that you can carry to your classroom daily?7. How do you ensure that all of your students are "heard" and "seen"?8. What kind of efforts do you make to create a classroom that feels more like a community? What are you doing to get to know more about your students?


SEL Check-In Form For Students to Fill Out.

Here is a Google Form that teachers can use to give their students throughout the year in conjunction with the SEL Assessment survey you participated in earlier in the PD. This brief survey taken by your students can help you measure quickly where your class is at with how in-tuned you may be to their needs. Try it out! Use it at various times in the school year.













Additional Resources

CASEL. (2020, December). What is SEL? https://casel.org/what-is-sel/ as cited in REL Pacific. (2019, June 24). An introduction to social and emotional learning [Webinar]. https://ies.ed.gov/ncee/edlabs/regions/southwest/events/2021/webinar-012121.aspx as cited in REL Pacific. (2020a, May). Key considerations for promoting culturally relevant SEL during COVID-19. https://ies.ed.gov/ncee/edlabs/regions/pacific/blogs/blog26_key-considerations-for-promoting-SEL-during-covid-19.asp Croft, A., et al. (2010). Job-embedded professional development: What it is, who is responsible, and how to get it done well. Learning Forward. https://learningforward.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/job-embedded-professional-development.pdf O’Donnell, E. (n.d). Seven steps for conducting a successful needs assessment. NICHQ. https://www.nichq.org/insight/seven-steps-conducting-successful-needs-assessment#:~:text=A%20needs%20assessment%20helps%20you,targeted%20strategies%20and%20prioritize%20resources National University. (2022, August 17). What is Social Emotional Learning (SEL): Why It Matters. National University. https://www.nu.edu/blog/social-emotional-learning-sel-why-it-matters-for-educators/



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