SEL Integration Series Part 1: Integrating SEL and Mindfulness in OST Activities

Practitioners from Phase II PSELI sites ONLY participate in Part One of the Series. Practitioners from Phase I PSELI sites should register and save the dates for all four sessions.

This training series introduces participants to a simple method for integrating Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) into OST settings – S.I.T – Signature practices, Inquiry and reflection, and Thematic SEL connections. The first training focuses on using signature practices to create a safe, welcoming, engaging and inclusive OST space for all youth and adults. The second session centers on effective inquiry and reflective dialogue practices that help empower adults and youth to build their intra – and interpersonal skills in any activity or interaction. In the third training participants use their knowledge of SEL competencies and themes to help youth make SEL connections to other program content areas. Finally, session four culminates in combining the three elements of the SIT method and engaging participants to reflect and share best practices as they create program plans for SEL integration.


Wondering how to make real and tangible social and emotional connections in virtual settings? This training offers simple and effective strategies to integrate Social and Emotional Learning skills in any virtual session using signature practices such as welcoming rituals, engaging practices, brain breaks, and optimistic closures. Participants also learn how to use no-fuss mindfulness tools to get their audience grounded, self-aware, and mentally focused and emotionally ready to engage in any activity.


SEL Integration Series other dates:

SEL Integration Series Part 2: Infusing Reflective Inquiry in OST Activities
September 23, 2020, 9:00 am – 12:00pm


SEL Integration Series Part 3: Making the SEL connection

October 1, 2020, 9:00 am – 12:00pm


SEL Integration Series Part 4: SEL all the time

October 15, 2020, 9:00 am – 12:00pm


Core Competencies Addressed:

Core Knowledge Area- Child/Youth Growth and Development

1C: Use Developmental Knowledge to Create Healthy, Respectful, Supportive and Challenging Environments- Entry level and level 1


Primary QIS Scales Addressed:

Safe Environment: I-A. Psychological and emotional safety.

Supportive Environment: II-F. Welcoming atmosphere, I. Active engagement

Interaction: III-M: Sense of Belonging


Training Objectives:

1. Define Social and Emotional Learning and the benefits

2. Explore and practice simple signature practices and mindfulness tools that can be used in OST activities

3. Create a plan to integrate signature practices and mindfulness practice in OST activities



Participants demonstrate:

1. Define social and emotional learning in their own words based on personal experiences

2. Embed simple mindfulness practices using evidence based lessons, apps and resources.

3. Create a lesson plan template with, and facilitate, signature practices in OST sessions with youth