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Child development experts are discovering that one key to school success is non-academic skills, like executive function (EF) and social-emotional learning (SEL). Together, these skills help students pay attention, control their emotions, follow classroom rules, and get along with others – all things that are important for learning!

Because EF and SEL are so closely related, focusing on one or the other in the classroom doesn’t make sense. Instead, we can build classroom content and curricula that promotes both of these skills, together.

After this course, you will be able to use your knowledge of EF and SEL skills to decide how to integrate SEL and EF-improving activities into your classroom to support learning and development in all of your students.


Key ideas:

  1. Understand basic EF development
  2. Understand SEL skills and their development
  3. Understand the relationship between EF and SEL
  4. Explore examples of effective SEL interventions and curricula
  5. Build strategies for addressing EF and SEL in the classroom
  6. Understand how teacher self-care and stress management can improve personal as well as classroom-level outcomes.

This course includes formative assessments after each module as well as a final assessment upon completion of all content. Get started by clicking on Module 1: Understanding Social Emotional Learning below!

Additional Resources

CASEL's SEL Framework

 

References

Blair, C., & Raver, C. C. (2015). The Neuroscience of SEL. In: Durlak, J. A., Domitrovich, C. E., Weissberg, R. P., Gullotta, T. P., & Comer, J. (eds) Handbook of social and emotional learning: Research and practice. New York, NY: Guilford Press

Greenberg, M. T., Katz, D. A., & Klein, L. C. (2015). The potential effects of SEL on biomarkers and health outcomes: A promissory note. In: Durlak, J. A., Domitrovich, C. E., Weissberg, R. P., Gullotta, T. P., & Comer, J. (eds) Handbook of social and emotional learning: Research and practice. New York, NY: Guilford Press

Rimm-Kaufman, S. E., & Hulleman, C. S. (2015) SEL in elementary school settings: Identifying mechanisms that matter. In: Durlak, J. A., Domitrovich, C. E., Weissberg, R. P., Gullotta, T. P., & Comer, J. (eds) Handbook of social and emotional learning: Research and practice. New York, NY: Guilford Press

 

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kara.cosby
Posted 7 months ago
SE EFnskills

Concise and easy to understand

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benita.taylor
Posted 8 months ago
How EF and SEL skills can support the children, educators, and parents in partnerships.

I have enjoyed learning about EF, its very interesting to me. The modules are informative, fun, and engaging. I would like to see a paper version of this training only because I am a pencil and paper person.

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rstova
Posted 8 months ago
Understanding SEL and EF Skills

Explained how EF skills are necessary for SEL skills, but having good EF skills doesn't necessarily lead to good SEL skills without the proper context.

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april.ludgood
Posted 9 months ago
Brain Function

I like the course,

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stephanieb.williams
Posted 9 months ago
Making connections with families are of the upmost importance.

I wish I could download some of the extra resources.

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kathryn.pirkle
Posted 9 months ago
Executive Functioning

Great content to share with other child care centers

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sonia.jones
Posted 10 months ago
Practical Examples

I noticed there were real-life examples and scenarios to make it real to the learner!

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dana.merren
Posted 11 months ago
Informative Information

The importance stressed between EF and SEL.

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angela.robertson
Posted 11 months ago
Executive Function (EF)

I liked all parts of this training. Very informative. This training is very helpful for teacher in the classroom. It can help teachers have a better understanding of the brain and the techniques to use to help the children in their classroom. When teachers understand EF they can begin to help their students instead of saying their are bad or just mean because they have a better understanding of ho

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manuela.nubes
Posted 11 months ago
Mindfulness, EF, SEL

I liked how to combine mindfulness can help with EF and SEL.

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