2.4 Provide embedded professional learning


  • Professional Learning Plan for SEL (CASEL Guide to Schoolwide SEL) This webpage includes a tool to organize a customized professional learning plan for school staff that is clearly tied to the schoolwide goals for SEL, can be assessed for effectiveness throughout the year, draws upon available resources, and includes intentional follow-up to ensure that new practices are sustained.
  • Building Trauma-Sensitive Schools (National Center on Safe Supportive Learning Environments) This online module and handouts provide examples of ways to incorporate trauma sensitivity into the classroom.
  • Stress and the Brain (Turnaround for Children) This professional learning packet explains how stress impacts the developing brain and related tools (made to accompany this edition of The 180 Podcast).
  • Addressing Race and Trauma in the Classroom: A Resource for Educators (The National Child Traumatic Stress Network) This professional learning tool defines key terms, describes developmental differences in how children may be affected by racial trauma, and offers recommendations for creating a more trauma-informed classroom.
  • Common Beliefs Survey: Teaching Racially and Ethnically Diverse Students (Teaching Tolerance, via Greater Good Science Center) This professional learning activity leads staff to reflect on their beliefs and then critically examine commonly held beliefs about how to meet the learning needs of racially and ethnically diverse students.
  • Mindful Reflection Process for Developing Culturally Responsive Practices (Dray & Wisneski [2011], via Greater Good Science Center) This independent reflective practice guides educators to process a challenging interaction with a student by examining their own assumptions, prejudices, and biases and consider how they affect their interactions with and expectations of their students to develop more culturally and linguistically responsive approaches.
  • Webinar Series: Teaching and Leading in the Time of COVID-19 (Center on Great Teachers and Leaders at AIR) These webinars on supporting students and teachers’ emotional well-being through self-care include handouts and worksheets teachers can use on their own and with students.
  • Adverse Childhood Experiences (Center for Disease Control and Prevention) This webpage includes a short video, infographics, statistics, and links to additional training tools to introduce staff to their role in reducing the impact of ACEs.
  • SEL Online Education Module (Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction)  This free professional learning module can be self-directed or facilitated in a group setting.  It is divided into 6 segments: Introduction to SEL, Embedding SEL Schoolwide, Creating a Professional Culture Based on SEL, Integrating SEL into Culturally Responsive Classrooms, Trauma Informed Social Emotional Learning, and Identifying and Selecting Evidence-Based Programs.
  • Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) for Educators (Friday Institute)  Registration is available through August 1, 2020 for this free online course, designed to build foundational understanding of SEL, strengthen one’s own SEL skills, see examples of how others teach these skills, and learn strategies to apply with students.
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