SEL Academy presented by Prime Time Palm Beach County

Part VIII - A Second Step Ahead

Participants will have an opportunity in this final session of the series to share their takeaways from intentionally practicing, modeling and transferring SEL skills from the inside out, and shaping the path forward as they continue to implement SEL practice with youth. Participants will be introduced to Second Step curriculum components, which will provide an opportunity to further enhance youth SEL skills with lesson activities that build brain balance, connect SEL to academic content, and provide structures for sharing and dialogue in the Afternoon Meeting.


Part VII - Building a Culture of Compassion and Equity

Having built a foundation of self-compassion and empathetic communication in previous sessions, participants are guided to explore embedding a culture of compassion and equity into the OST environment with intentionality. Participants learn evidence-based adult compassion and common humanity practices that can be applied with coworkers and built into youth activities. Participants are also invited to create an Afternoon Meeting Lesson Plan, applying Responsive Classroom key practices, SEL Academy learning  and curricula resources.


Part VI - Empathetic Communication, Strong Relationships

Empathy is a social and emotional competency that is often challenging to embody in a context of competing demands, misbehavior and misunderstanding. In this training, participants will learn basic mindfulness tools to deepen listening, enhance verbal and non-verbal communication, and build more positive, win-win relationships.   Participants will also learn to model empathetic communication in different segments of the Afternoon Meeting, and to apply positive instructor language in their program.


Part V - Building Resilience and Self-Care

Building upon the previous session, participants are invited to continue the journey into self-care by practicing key mindfulness and self-regulation techniques that bring greater well-being and balance. In the long term, regular practice can lead to what is referred to in neuroscience as resilience – the ability to adapt, respond and bounce back from trauma and constantly changing life situations. Participants continue to apply and track the effects of emotional regulation tools in interactions with coworkers and youth. Ways of proactive responding and building resilience among youth in an Afternoon Meeting are explored, including choosing activities that promote self-regulation.

Part IV - Responding to Trauma and Reactivity

In part IV, OST practitioners learned how to effectively deal with trauma and manage the stressors of everyday life are foundational social and emotional skills. Practitioners explored stressors and the ways humans typically react to both big and mundane life events that may get in the way of our well-being and relationships. Participants were encouraged to increase awareness of their reactions as the first step to intentionally practice self-care, and to track how this impacts their interactions with adults and youth at work. Participants also learned how to notice and manage reactivity both in and out of the Afternoon Meeting setting using a proactive approach to discipline.

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Part III Highlights

In part 3 of the SEL Academy OST Series, practitioners focused on The Art of Social Connection and role that perceptions plays in the way we RE-act and INTER-act with others. In case you missed it, here are some simple activities you can do with staff to “check your perception” and improve your ability to connect in more meaningful ways with co-workers and youth:
  • Use appropriate SEL language and practices that are supported by evidence when doing activities.
  • Focus on experiences rather than explanations when attempting to integrate or model SEL skills into the workplace or with youth.