April 19, 2024

ASCD Webinar: SEL Programs at the Middle and High School Level: A Practical Guide for Schools and Districts

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Source url Recently, the ASCD hosted a webinar to help educators and administrators better understand social and emotional learning (SEL) in the middle and high school levels. The webinar provided a practical guide to the “how-tos” of creating and implementing successful SEL programs.

At the core of SEL is the understanding that all students have individual needs, and their social and emotional development should be a major part of their classroom and extracurricular experiences. As such, the ASCD webinar emphasized the importance of establishing an environment both in and out of the classroom that encourages and fosters overall academic and social/emotional growth in students.

The webinar provided educators and districts with a framework of SEL development plans and offered practical guidance for tailoring such plans to fit the age, culture, and needs of students. The presenter discussed the need for designing quality SEL practices based on evidence-based approaches and the importance of administrative support.

The webinar detailed the need for quality instruction that addresses all five core competencies of SEL: self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision-making. Additionally, the session outlined the role of districts, schools, and teachers in creating and delivering consistent SEL programming for all students.

The session was designed to provide school and district administrators with an understanding of how to create and implement effective SEL programs at the middle and high school level and illustrated ways to foster a campus-wide culture of social and emotional learning. The presenter also shared ideas for integrating SEL into the curriculum, opportunities to support SEL through various activities and assignments both in and outside of the classroom, and methods for sharing and demonstrating the successes of SEL initiatives.

By providing an overview of SEL implementation and resources, the ASCD’s webinar presented an invaluable opportunity for educators and school and district administrators to further their knowledge and develop their own effective social and emotional learning initiatives.