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Woodside Priory School

302 Portola Road

Portola Valley, CA 94028

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Strong Space for Relationships: Building a Flourishing Advisory program
for Middle and High Schools

Many schools are wondering how to create and sustain a robust advisory program in their Middle and High schools that continues to thrive for many years. SEL brings a wide and creative lens to view Advisory meeting times. Workshop participants will gain experience in use of meaningful process questions to deepen SEL and the opportunity to populate their Advisory programs with tried and tested, creative and collaborative Advisory activities that help to build an Advisee’s SEL skillset.

Workshop Goals

  • Design ideas for Advisory (goals, role of the Advisor, timing and grouping)

  • A series of experiences that engage meaningful conversations, rituals, personal reflection, and positive group interactions among students

  • Activities that will deepen and promote inter- and intra-personal development, and explores the importance of a structured, but emerging curriculum for Advisory

  • Training to facilitate IFSEL’s cornerstone practice and student-favorite, The Open Session

Who should attend?

Educators, Counselors, Deans, Advisors, Advisory Coordinators, Wellness Teachers

What’s included?

  • A binder of resources, materials and lessons

  • Connection with other educators

  • A hearty and healthy breakfast, lunch and plenty of snacks

What's the Schedule?

Tuesday, November 5, 2019 9:30am - 4pm

  • Welcome & Opening Activity

  • It's Fundamental (Grades 1-12)

  • An interactive session providing an introduction to the studies and thinking behind incorporating SEL into educational practices. A framework of guiding principles for instruction, teacher responses, and curricular design will also be shared.

  • Building a Foundation

  • Activities to engage students, build trust and create community.

  • Lunch

  • Advisory Fundamentals

  • An exploration of IFSEL’s 8 Principles for a Thriving Advisory Program, including examples from schools and suggested practices.

  • Closing

Wednesday, Nov 6, 2019 9:30am - 4pm

  • Welcome

  • Focusing and Grounding Experience

  • Advisory Activities Deep Dive

  • In this session we'll share a range of SEL activities for Advisory, including activities for morning meetings and longer advisory sessions. We will also focus on the practice of inter- and intra-personal questioning, and the IFSEL Teacher Toolbox.

  • Lunch

  • Open Session Facilitator Training

  • The Open Session is a cornerstone practice for effective Middle and High School SEL classes and Advisory programs. This session will provide all the details you need to effectively facilitate powerful, “collective wondering” and teach sensitive student responses such as clarification and encouragement.

  • Closing

Location Information

Our two-day workshop will be hosted by Woodside Priory School in Portola Valley, CA located 20 minutes southwest of Palo Alto in the San Francisco Bay Area. The campus can be reached via car or app based rides.


Early Bird Price through May 31st, 2019 - $1100

Full Price from June 1, 2019 - $1250


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 November 5th and 6th 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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