Social Emotional Learning

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What is social emotional learning?

Social and emotional learning (SEL) is the process through which children and adults acquire and effectively apply the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary to understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions. SEL is based on the understanding that the best learning emerges in the context of supportive relationships that make learning challenging, engaging, and meaningful. 

Social and emotional skills are critical to being a good student, citizen, and worker. Many risky behaviors (e.g., drug use, violence, bullying, and dropping out) can be prevented or reduced when multiyear, integrated efforts are used to develop students' social and emotional skills. This is best done through effective classroom instruction, student engagement in positive activities in and out of the classroom, and broad parent and community involvement in program planning, implementation, and evaluation. Effective SEL programming begins in preschool and continues through high school.

The Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL) has identified five interrelated sets of cognitive, affective and behavioral competencies. Additionally, the Michigan Department of Education has social-emotional health grade level content expectations in the Health Education subject area.

Social Emotional Learning Support At Oakland Schools 

Oakland Schools believes social emotional learning (SEL) is crucial for academic and personal success. Consultants from several departments  are available for consultation, coaching and professional learning. 

Professional Learning

Michigan Model

Elementary K-6
3/15/2016
8:30am-3:30pm

The Michigan Model is planned sequential K-12 curriculum that addresses physical, mental, emotional and social dimensions of health. Students that have received the Michigan Model Curriculum had stronger skills for communicating and getting along with other. Better skills in managing their feelings and actions, improved attitudes about taking actions to stay safe and stronger drug and tobacco refusal skills.


 

More information coming soon.

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Middle School
4/19/2016
8:30am-3:30pm

The Michigan Model is planned sequential K-12 curriculum that addresses physical, mental, emotional and social dimensions of health. Students that have received the Michigan Model Curriculum had stronger skills for communicating and getting along with other. Better skills in managing their feelings and actions, improved attitudes about taking actions to stay safe and stronger drug and tobacco refusal skills.


 

More information coming soon.

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High School (2 Days) 

11/5/2015, 11/12/2015
8:30am-3:30pm


 

This two day workshop will focus on the development of the following skills required by the Michigan Merit guidelines for Health and the National Health Education Standards and performance indicators: Analyzing Influences, Interpersonal Communications, Goal Setting, Decision Making, Advocacy, Self-management, and Accessing Information.


 

More information coming soon.

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SEL Intervention: Why Try?
 
 

SEL Intervention: Why Try?

Level 1 (2 Days)
10/26/2015, 10/27/15
8:30am-3:30pm

The WhyTry? evidenced based program is a set of practical visual metaphors to teach pro-social alternatives to overcome problems with which at-risk youth struggle: basic problem solving, anger management, understanding consequences of their decisions, removing negative labels, dealing with peer pressure, living & keeping society's laws & rules, building a support system, & having goals & a vision of the future. The visual analogies are learned through a multisensory approach that resonates with youth to effect more positive outcomes. Note: The registration link is for Oakland County Special Educators only. Others register through www.whytry.org. Lunch will be on your own.


 

Event Registration: https://events.oakland.k12.mi.us/coe/coe_p2_details.aspx?eventid=133266&cc=COEE&oc=10

 

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Level 2 (2 Days)
2/23/2016, 2/24/2016
8:30am-3:30pm

The Why Try? Level 2 training builds on the principles you have applied from Level 1 (ten visual analogies, Why Try? music, learning activities, role-plays and applications in different settings). The training gives strong focus to successful implementation of Why Try?’s learning activities which are particularly helpful in group environments for increasing participation and creating a learning atmosphere. In addition, this training shows how to effectively use multimedia as a teaching tool in the school setting. Behavior support/management and creating buy-in are integral parts of this advanced training. The training is useful for anyone using Why Try?, regardless of their experience level. This link is for Oakland County Special Educators. All others may register at: www.whytry.org. Lunch on your own.


Event Registration: https://events.oakland.k12.mi.us/coe/coe_p2_details.aspx?eventid=133271&cc=COEE&oc=10

 

Understanding School Refusal 

Karen Rusniak, PhD & Jim Wood, PhD
3/23/2016
8:30am-3:30pm

More information coming soon.

  

Verbal Strategies to Address Challenging Behaviors

Karen Rusniak, PhD & Jim Wood, PhD
11/16/2015 or 5/19/2016
8:30am-3:30pm

More information coming soon.