SELTROVE 6-12 Teacher Course Watch Preview

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Welcome to your Seltrove Online Teacher Course! This course will guide you through the theory and foundations of social-emotional learning (SEL) and give you best practices, activity ideas, and strategies for implementing SEL into a 6th-12th grade classroom.

Social-emotional learning is an important skill for both students and teachers. When students feel cared for, feel confident in who they are and their abilities, and have healthy relationships with their peers and trusted adults, they are able to learn better. And when teachers focus on their own balance and well-being, they are able to be more effective teachers as well.

As we look around our world, experts, practitioners, teachers, and school administrators have realized that content is not the only thing we should be teaching our students -- students also need to learn the soft-skills of identifying and regulating their emotions, appreciating diversity and respecting others, developing their thinking skills appropriate for identifying problems and solving them, communicating effectively and creating healthy and lasting relationships, along with many other skills.

As a teacher, you have already been teaching your students social-emotional learning even if your school does not subscribe to a particular SEL curriculum since social-emotional learning and good teaching go hand-in-hand. This course will support the work you are already doing and put names to techniques you are already teaching your students.

The Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) has developed five social-emotional learning competencies. While these are not the only competencies students need when developing their social-emotional well-being, their framework provides an organizational method for developing SEL skills. Throughout this course, we will focus on all five CASEL competencies.

For social-emotional learning to be most successful, it is important to note that all five competencies are interrelated. Learning should be individualized and differentiated when appropriate, and learning should be integrated throughout the classroom, the school community, students' home lives, and the community at large. Also, it is important to engage parents/caregivers in the process of social-emotional learning.

Contributors for this course include:
Rebecca Criollo
Hyam Elsaharty
Jennifer N. Laster
Patty McLain
Janna Nobleza
Laura Richard
Michelle M. Torres

Highlighted Guest Speakers include:
Lauretta Dawolo Towns
Jonathan Erwin
Kathy Flaminio
Lindsey Frank
Laura Hurwitz
Nilufar Rezai

Michele SantaMaria

66 Lessons

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66 Lessons in SELTROVE 6-12 Teacher Course:

Introduction to the Course


Creating a SEL-Focused Classroom Culture

SEL-focused classroom culture so our students can learn and practice the skills discussed in this course in a safe and welcoming environment, as well as introduce the CASEL competencies

Adolescence Development

discusses important changes and developmental milestones for adolescents and what strategies and best practices teachers can use for supporting their students

Creating a SEL Routine in your Classroom

Create a SEL routine in your classroom.



The importance of Self-awareness

the importance of self-awareness in our students

Equitable Self-awareness 6-12

Supporting Learners as they navigate and develop their own identity

students developing their identity in relation to self-awareness

Identifying Emotions

how the brain works in regards to emotions using language that can be shared with students.

Talking about emotions with your students

teach students how to talk about these emotions

Self-Efficacy Case Study

Teaching Self-talk - Positive Affirmations

the importance of using positive affirmations

Self-Awareness in the Classroom

simple daily practices for integrating self-awareness into our classrooms

Trauma-Informed Starts with You

our role as teachers in a trauma-informed classroom

Growth Mindset

how we can teach growth mindset in our classrooms.

Case Study: Growth Mindset

Case Study: A Teacher's Self-Awareness

Self-Awareness Wrap Up



Self-Management Skills

Self-Management is the natural next step after working with students on their Self-Awareness skills


focus on self-management in our lives as teachers.

Move Mindfully®

a mindfulness practice that can help you feel more balanced

Case Study: Stress

Impulse Control

four ways to help students in a way that is relational and increases desired behavior from students.

Creating a Trauma-Informed Learning Environment

meaningful insight into childhood trauma and strategies for helping children who have had these traumatic experiences to feel safe and build healthy, positive relationships

Mental Health

self-management is successfully regulating one’s emotions, thoughts, and behaviors which means coping with mental health


coping strategies and how teachers, can help develop these in our students.

SEL and Special Needs

explore how SEL can support special education.

Case Study: Teacher Burnout

Self-Management Wrap-Up



Responsible Decision-Making

the theory and pedagogy behind this competency

Deciding to Create Balance

find balance for ourselves so we can be role models for our students and teach them this important skill

Student Choice

share with us one of his favorite activities to help students understand the idea of choice.

Case Study: Cheating

Online Safety

Our students' safety (physical, emotional, as well as online) is a concern that we need to continue to teach.

Designing Trauma-Informed SEL

learn some strategies for our classroom

Restorative Discipline Practices: Theory

theory behind the use of RDP

Restorative Discipline Practices: Structures of Circles

Restorative Discipline Practices to the utilization of the practice in your classroom

Case Study: Physical Health

Responsible Decision-making Wrap-up



Relationship Skills

relationship skills and how this competency relates to each of the other CASEL competencies.

Healthy Relationships

all about healthy relationships and friendships

Case Study: Working with Others


about bullying and what you can do in your classroom for prevention and intervention

Physical Boundaries

hree simple steps to help students set boundaries


the teaching of consent

Case Study: Communication


help recognize this emotion and then help students work through it using SEL tools

Nonviolent Communication

nonviolent communication protocol


teach students how to ask for help

Case Study: Teacher’s Relationship Skills

Relationship Skills Wrap-Up



Social Awareness Skills

social awareness competency and how it relates to the other CASEL competencies

Case Study: Prejudice


why it is important to take multiple perspectives as well as how to teach students to do it


talk about ways to build empathy

Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

help our students develop their own skills on the topic of Equity, diversity, and empathy

Teaching about Race in the Classroom

how we can talk about race in our classrooms and the benefits of talking about race with our students

Building Equity and Justice in your School

challenge your own implicit biases and assumptions so that you are better equipped to create authentic relationships with your students

Windows & Mirrors

to be culturally responsive in our teaching

Social Awareness Best Practices

support students’ development in social awareness

Case Study: Social Awareness for Teachers

Social Awareness Wrap-Up