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Social Emotional Learning

COVID-19 and Special Education

View information for educators and parents to support students with disabilities during the COVID-19 pandemic.

COVID-19 resources for special education

Definition

What is Social Emotional Learning (SEL)?

“SEL is the process through which children and adults understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions," excerpt from CASEL website.

Social-emotional skills are critical for students’ learning, their readiness for college and careers, and their future success. Both research and evidence-based practice clearly show the strong connection between social and emotional development, academic learning, and success in life (Domitrovich, Dusenbury & Hyson, 2013).

Benefits of SEL

  • Improved academic achievement
  • Improved school attitudes and behaviors
  • Fewer negative behaviors
  • Reduced emotional distress
  • Healthy personal-social development

Office Hours

Bill Brown will be offering weekly office hours beginning August 11th on Tuesdays from 8:00 - 9:30 AM.

Register for Social/Emotional/
Behavior Office Hours

Resources


What's New

Our team has collected resources and tools specific to SED, SEL, behavior, and mental health that may be useful during this time as you plan for students.

View the SED/SEL/Behavior & COVID Resources

Grief & Anxiety

In this time of COVD19, the potential for anticipatory grief is high. This Webinar will explore anticipatory grief in the context of the Grief and Growth Cycle. The Grief Cycle's relationship to resiliency and coping strategies will be explored, providing action steps that can be taken to support the journey through the grief cycle.

Visit the Social/Emotional/Behavioral Professional Development Page to register. 


Professional Learning

8 Week Online Course: Social Emotional Learning

This 8 week online course is offered in both fall and spring semesters. The purpose of the course is to support participants in the development of Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) plans and instruction based on identified building-level and student-specific needs. Individual course participants will explore the evidence-based practices and competencies involved in effective SEL planning and intervention. Assessment for lagging skills and data collection opportunities will be provided. Participants will be able to identify specific skill deficits and needs to plan for effective SEL instruction and support. Instruction will be given via the online course shell and discussion boards for collaboration with colleagues will be provided. No face-to-face opportunities or scheduled meetings are included in this course.

Visit the Social/Emotional/Behavioral Professional Development Page to register


Listserv

The Social/Emotional/Behavioral listserv is a place for teachers and service providers working with students with Significant Emotional Disabilities to find information, encouragement, and networking opportunities.

We know that many times those working with students with significant needs may be isolated and lack the opportunity to collaborate with colleagues or find the expertise they need in a timely and safe setting. This is a place to ask questions, have discussions, and share ideas with those in the field that are having the same experiences. To subscribe, Email Amanda Nieser at nieser_a@cde.state.co.us with your contact information.


By-Request Trainings/Technical Assistance

The live trainings in this section can be provided by request to a school, district, or BOCES. Simply send an email to Bill Brown, brown_w@cde.state.co.us, to schedule a training fine-tuned to your organization's needs. CDE contact hours are available. 

Closing the SEL Gap through Individualized Social Skill Lessons 

3-hour training where participants will:

  • Gain an understanding of how to assess for missing social skills.
  • Gain an understanding of how to develop an individual social skills lesson once missing skills have been identified.
  • Gain an understanding of how socials skills instruction fits into the FBA and BIP process.

DBT: Emotional Regulation and Distress Tolerance

6-hour training where participants will learn about Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and its four components:

  1. Mindfulness
  2. Interpersonal Effectiveness
  3. Distress Tolerance
  4. Emotion Regulation

Emotional Coaching

1-3 hour training where participants will learn about:

  • Allowing emotional expression.
  • Recognizing emotions.
  • Creating security through reducing anxiety .
  • Coping strategies vs coping mechanisms.
  • Conflict resolution.

Grief, Anxiety and Trauma

1-3 hour training where participants will learn about:

  • Grief and growth cycle.
  • Coping mechanisms vs coping strategies.
  • Anticipatory grief.
  • Preconditions for trauma.

Preschool Social Emotional Learning

6-hour training where participants will learn:

  • Social emotional standards.
  • Stages of play.
  • Attachment, personality, and temperament.
  • Needs vs wants.
  • Co-regulations.

Recovery

8-hour training. “Grief is the healing process of a significant loss, not a pathological reaction. After you have been dealt a blow, you need time to recover.”

Participants will learn about:

  • The grief and growth cycle.
  • Stress, including anticipatory grief.
  • Recovery and crisis recovery.
  • Trauma and CBT (Cognitive Behavior Theory).

Self-Regulation and Co-Regulation

1-3 hour training where participants will learn:

  • Recognition of overstressed child.
  • Identification of stressors.
  • Reduction of stressors.
  • Increase child's self-awareness.
  • Teach self-regulation strategies.

Social Awareness

1-3 hour training. The ability to understand social and ethical norms for behavior and to recognize family, school, and community resources and supports.

Participants will:

  • Build a deeper understanding of social awareness.
  • Identify at least one specific strategy or intervention they could try in the classroom to support social awareness.
  • Identify the role a teacher can play in helping students develop social awareness.

Social Emotional Learning

6-hour training. Social-emotional skills are critical for students’ learning, their readiness for college and careers, and their future success. Both research and evidence-based practice clearly show the strong connection between social and emotional development, academic learning, and success in life (Domitrovich, Dusenbury & Hyson, 2013). 

Participants will:

  • Gain an understanding of Social Emotional Learning (SEL)
  • Synthesize and analyze learning to implement SEL interventions through the SED Quality Indicators in the classroom/school environment.

Social Emotional Learning within MTSS

3-hour training where participants will learn how and where SEL fits into MTSS/PBIS.

  • Tier 1: integrated curriculum and school culture/climate.
  • Tier 2: intensive classroom and small group instruction.
  • Tier 3: individualized social skill instruction.

Social Skills training

1-3 hour training. Participants will learn about:

  • Emotional skills: showing empathy, cultural awareness, appreciation.
  • Social/interpersonal: modeling coping skills and appropriate responses to anger, anxiety or sensitivity.
  • Cognitive regulation: changing a lesson when it is not working, avoiding anger, sarcasm when it is aimed at the teacher, adjusting work based on needs of the class.

Trauma Informed Practices 

6-hour training where participants will learn:

  • Background knowledge on the different types of trauma.
  • Review the core features of trauma responsive practices.
  • Knowledge of what can be done at school to help a traumatized child.
  • Strategies for emotional and behavioral crises.


For more information, please contact:

Bill Brown
Phone: (303) 866-6712
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