EF 303: Executive Function and Social Emotional Learning Success



Consider for a moment the student behaviors that you think are important for school success. Did you think of things like following directions, getting along with others, and regulating emotions? These examples are social-emotional skills and they play an essential role in student learning. The good news is that social-emotional learning (SEL) is supported by executive function (EF) skills! This means you just need to add a few tools to your EF toolkit to incorporate SEL into your classroom rather than starting from square one.

In this 3-hour course, you will learn the basics of social-emotional skills and ways to promote SEL in your classroom. Throughout the modules, you will explore what supports the development of social-emotional skills and the relationship between SEL and EF. We will show you how to focus on both SEL and EF skill development through mindfulness and reflection practices and introduce you to successful SEL programs. The goal of this course is for you to gain a better understanding of SEL and to feel comfortable including SEL practices into your curriculum and instruction.


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.

Three (3) contact hours will be provided upon completion of this course.*

*Continuing education regulations vary by state. It is your responsibility to understand and comply with requirements for your licensing state, which may include pre-approval of qualified professional development and training opportunities.