Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Strategies That You Can Implement Today
In an effort to place concrete, ready-to-implement SEL strategies in the hands of more educators, more quickly, The Center for Educational Effectiveness recently released an online training course taught by SEL specialist, Dr. Greg Benner from the University of Alabama.
Research shows that SEL not only improves student achievement by an average of 11 percentile points, but it also increases prosocial behaviors (such as kindness, sharing and empathy), improves student attitudes toward school, and reduces depression and stress among students (Durlak et al., 2011).
In the six-module SEL training, called THE WHOLE EDUCATOR SERIES, Dr. Benner asserts that the many benefits of implementing strong SEL strategies don’t end with the students, but can be of vast benefit to educators themselves, decreasing their own stress levels and potential for burnout - a critical point given that job-related stress is the primary reason for 43% of educators leaving teaching before and during the pandemic (RAND Corp., 2021).
“The exciting thing about what we’ve been able to accomplish in these six modules is that not only have we been given the strategies that we need, but we’ve also been given a roadmap for implementing these key strategies in real-world settings,” said Dr. Benner.
“If you want to address the whole child,” said one Washington State teacher upon completing the course, “This workshop teaches you how to do that and, in turn, is going to make you a better educator.”
The six-module training has been developed with K-12 educators in mind and is being made available for individual, school or district-wide purchase. Clock hours are available for individual educators who complete the course, and it also satisfies SEL mandates in some states. Each subscription provides a full year of access to the content, allowing educators to move at their own pace and schedule.