- Venue: Online
- Date: Self-paced; Enroll at any time!
Price: $199, sliding scale available
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This is an extraordinary moment in the field of education. Outdated paradigms and thinking patterns are changing as we face social, economic, and public health challenges. These global and cultural shifts give educators an opportunity to help shape the next generation to be more socially, emotionally, and ethically astute—and, at the same time, to transform the educational process into a more humane one.
This course will cover the science behind social-emotional learning (SEL) and mindfulness and how to weave it into our schools to help teachers put student and educator well-being at the center of the teaching and learning experience—and, in the process, begin creating a kinder, more compassionate world.
More specifically, this course will offer cutting-edge, science-based practices that cultivate:
Kindness and Cooperation in Schools
- Exploring the potential of human beings for kindness, connection, and cooperation and what this means for schools
- Using the science of trust and belonging to help educators support their school community (whether in-person or online)
- Clarifying a personal sense of purpose and building emotional resilience
Student Well-Being and Positive School Climate
- Applying the science of empathy, compassion, and gratitude to foster greater student and school community well-being
How this course will benefit your students, your school... and you!
Social-emotional learning is good for students and staff
SEL improves students’ academic outcomes and general well-being, lowers risky behavior, and leads to better relationships with teachers and peers. Teachers who are able to regulate their emotions enjoy greater job satisfaction and personal accomplishment, in addition to better support from their principal. And when students feel emotionally supported by their teachers, both their academic outcomes and behavior improve.
Mindfulness is good for students and staff
Students who practice mindfulness report a greater sense of optimism and well-being, and a reduction in depression, anxiety, stress, and anger. They also benefit academically. Educators who practice mindfulness demonstrate an increase in their well-being and self-compassion as well as positive emotions. A regular mindfulness practice may also improve teachers’ relationships with students and augment their sense of efficacy in the classroom.
Cultivating a sense of belonging at school benefits students and teachers
Students who feel a sense of safety and belonging at school have greater academic success and well-being. A supportive work environment lessens staff emotional exhaustion and feelings of low personal accomplishment. It also increases their commitment to the profession and bolsters their belief that they can make a difference in students’ lives.
Kindness and connection are good for students and school staff
Research shows that supporting students’ social and emotional well-being, which in turn cultivates kindness, increases their academic achievement and social competence, and improves their attitudes and behavior. High school students who see their school as a kind place are more motivated to learn, and are less likely to engage in risky behavior. Staff who are kind and feel more connected experience less burnout and see each other in a more positive light.