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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


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

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


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 with your contact information.

For more information, please contact:

Bill Brown
Phone: (303) 866-6712
Email Bill Brown


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