One-Day Workshop: SEL is Fundamental

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Woodside Priory School

302 Portola Road

Portola Valley, CA 94028

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Our one-day workshops offer exciting professional and personal renewal through learning experiences that engage your growth mindset and resiliency. Workshops afford opportunities for both new and experienced educators to engage with sound research and time-tested curricula resources. Gain insight through thoughtful discussion, well-designed interactions, and the opportunity for self and group reflection.


Tuesday, November 14th, 2017 from 9:00am-4:00pm. Breakfast from 9:00-9:30am and workshops begin at 9:30am.


It's Fundamental (Grades 1-12)

This interactive session provides an introduction to the studies and thinking behind incorporating SEL into educational practices including learning and motivation, wellbeing, school climate and relationships.
Various approaches, curricular goals and themes will be presented. A framework of guiding principles for instruction, teacher responses, and curricular design will also be shared.

Choice of either session:

Path for 1-6 Grade Teachers: Toolbox for the Elementary Grades

This workshop introduces the foundational SEL tools for students. The core IFSEL sequence of lessons is presented to meet the developmental needs of elementary-aged children. The SEL "toolbox” also provides language and skills to address common classroom and group issues. You will experience activities that explore the capacity and motivation of children to apply social and emotional learning to their daily lives. Lessons such as Layers of Feelings, De-Escalation, and Inside/Outside Circle engage self-understanding and social awareness.

This session is appropriate for teachers of older grades who want to learn and build upon basic SEL skills. The SEL “toolbox” content can easily be adapted for a variety of settings and ages, including parent groups.

Path for 5-12 Grade Teachers: Insights and Ideas for Advisory Groups

SEL brings a wide and creative lens to view Advisory or homeroom meetings. This session offers the opportunity to consider design ideas for Advisory - goals, role of the Advisor, timing and grouping.

You will engage in a series of experiences that activate personal reflection, meaningful conversations, rituals, and positive group interactions among students. Explore ways to make Advisory a place where students have opportunities for leadership, collaboration, compassion, and stress management.

Participants will receive a repertoire of creative, effective teaching activities that are low in preparation and high in impact to assist them in building group harmony and support students’ development.

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Woodside Priory school, located 45 minutes south of San Francisco and 30 minutes northwest of San Jose. The campus can be reached via a combination of BART or CalTrain and app based rides.


If you are paying by credit card, please have it ready as you proceed through registration.

If you are paying by check, please complete your registration online, select 'Check' on the payment page, and mail your checks to:

Institute for SEL
325 Sharon Park Drive, Suite 845
Menlo Park, CA 94025-6805

Please clearly mark the participant name(s) associated with your check.

Cancellation & Refund Policy

One of IFSEL’s core values is to support schools and educators seeking professional development. We understand that plans may change, and respectfully request that if you cannot attend a workshop, please try to find a substitute from your school to take your place.

If you inform us of your need to cancel up to 4 weeks before the workshop date, we will return your fee, minus a $50-per-workshop, per-person processing fee. Cancellation with less than 4 weeks notice is non-refundable, but can be transferred to another person.

IFSEL reserves the right to cancel any program at any time. In that circumstance, a full refund will be made. To begin the cancellation process, please email us at admin@instituteforsel.net.


We will email you a confirmation upon receipt of full payment. Please note that your participation will not be confirmed until we receive your full payment, either by credit card or by check.

We look forward to seeing you on Tuesday, November 14th on Woodside Priory's campus! If you have any questions, please email us at admin@instituteforsel.net.

With gratitude,

The IFSEL Team

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