SEL Palm Beach County Summer Institute Workshops

Best Practices for Implementing your Morning/Afternoon Message

Presenter: Aleida Trinidad, SEL Specialist, Department of Safe Schools, The School District of Palm Beach County

Participants will have the opportunity to take a deeper look at the Greeting and  Morning/Afternoon Message components of Morning Meeting. Participants will also explore various options for integrating both SEL skills and academic content to make the most out of your Morning/Afternoon Meeting.


Best Practices for Implementing your Group Activity and Explicit SEL Instruction (Second Step)

Presenter: Lauren Peragine, M.Ed., SEL Specialist, The School District of Palm Beach County

Take a deep dive into specific components of Morning Meeting. Participants will learn why greetings are an essential start to the day and how to implement engaging content-driven group activities. For those who would like a refresher on accessing and utilizing Second Step, an overview of the Second Step curriculum will also be provided.

 

Best Practices for Implementing Sharing Activities in your Morning/Afternoon Meeting

Presenter: Eileen Nieves, SEL Specialist, Department of Safe Schools

The School District of Palm Beach County

Participants will have the opportunity to take a deeper look at the Greeting and Sharing components of Morning Meeting. We will explore various options for integrating both SEL skills and academic content to make the most out of your Morning/Afternoon Meeting.

Bringing Yourself to Work

Presenter: Anton Spalding, Middle School Professional Development Specialist, Prime Time Palm Beach County, Inc.

The most significant characteristic of a strong school and out-of-school time workforce is the quality of the relationships that are cultivated with the children and youth in our care. Social and emotional learning in school reform has shown that when we are able to bring ourselves and our experiences as people to the children we teach, we can expect to see more lasting positive results. This lively, thought-provoking and hands-on session adapted from the full Bring Yourself to Work training will examine the importance of self-awareness, relationships and communication skills. Participants will receive tools and practice skills designed to help you to be authentic at work, forge deeper connections with your colleagues, and increase your understanding of how strong group dynamics can lead to healthier SEL environments for children in school day and afterschool programs.

 

Continuous Improvement SEL & SEL Walkthrough Tool

Presenters: Duncan C. Meyers, Ph.D., Senior Manager of Continuous Improvement, CASEL: Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning

Stevens Dormezil, Specialist, Research and Evaluation
The School District of Palm Beach County

Continuous Improvement and SEL data go hand- in-hand. In this session, the left hand will talk to the right hand, as hour one will focus on continuous improvement cycles in partnership with CASEL and the second hour will offer technical assistance on the use of the SEL Walkthrough Tool being piloted in PSELI.

 

Is Work Life Balance Even Possible?

Presenter: Alyssa Jean, Ph.D., Instructional Specialist, Teaching & Learning

Participants will have the opportunity to do some self-reflection about their lives and ability to manage stress. Through interactive activities, discussions, and journaling, participants will understand the concept of work-life balance, cultivate two vital principles, and develop a personal plan that will serve as a proactive measure to stress management for the upcoming school year.


Leading While Learning in PSELI

Presenter: Sherrie Raven, Director of PSELI Implementation, CASEL: Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning

This session will build on learnings of principals and out-of-school time directors during the first two years of PSELI implementation. Participants will share celebrations and work together on challenges and year 3 growth opportunities. Information from the PSELI Principal session that took place in July 2019, will also be reviewed and acted upon, in partnership with regional representation.

 

Mindfulness-informed Adult SEL Practice

Presenter: Knellee Bisram, SEL Specialist, Prime Time Palm Beach County

As adults, being consciously aware, intentionally self-reflective, and accountable for how we embody and model social-emotional skills to colleagues and youth is the foundation for sustainable SEL implementation in learning spaces. The purpose of this experiential session is to provide adults working in the education field with simple mindful awareness practices that can be used to deepen self-awareness, promote self-care and resilience, respond proactively to stressors in life and work, and strengthen empathetic impulses to build more compassionate relationships in their own lives. Participants will also gain insight into the neuroscience behind mindfulness-informed tools and techniques, how they work to improve cognitive, behavioral, emotional and physiological responses in individuals, and how they in turn promote better outcomes for children and families.

 

Reflecting on your Own Practice in SEL

Presenter: Stephen Kaplan, M.A., M.Ed., Program Planner, Elementary School Counseling, The School District of Palm Beach County

Based off the work of Dana and Yendol-Hoppey, participants will have the opportunity to explore their own passions, wonderings, and questions related to their practice of SEL. Through a facilitated process of discussion and reflection, participants leave the workshop with a well-defined essential question and a plan to help answer that question.

 

Reframing Behavior Management

Presenter: Jennifer Jones, Professional Development Manager, Prime Time Palm Beach County

Do you struggle with managing challenging behaviors of the youth in your classroom or program? Would you like to learn a way to facilitate youths’ self-management skills when they misbehave? This interactive and fun session will show you how to approach ALL youth behavior as opportunities for youth to learn responsibility, emotion management and problem-solving skills. Participants will walk away with practical strategies they can use immediately!

SEL and Academic Integration

Tyrone Martinez-Black, Policy and Practice Specialist, CASEL: Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning

SEL is not meant to be a stand-alone program, but to be integrated into all academic areas and all aspects of school life. In this session, participants will experience a lesson with SEL integrated in it. Participants will also discuss and explore a variety of instructional strategies to integrate SEL in lessons.

 

SEL 101 and and Introduction to Morning/Afternoon Meeting

Presenter: Michelle Amorim, Audit Compliance Specialist, Afterschool Programming, The School District of Palm Beach County

This session is for employees who are new to the PSELI project. Learn what is social emotional learning (SEL) and why it is important for youth and adults, and explore next steps related to SEL both in and out-of-school time. Participants will review the components of Morning/Afternoon Meeting and strategies for implementation.

 

Social-Emotional Learning through a Culturally Responsive Lens

Presenter: Gail Sherman, SEL Lead, Program Planner, Department of Extended Learning, The School District of Palm Beach County

How do we provide social-emotional learning in ways that are culturally responsive to diverse groups of children? Culturally responsive education is the next evolutionary step on the path to educational equity. This interactive training focuses on helping educators put in place foundational practices that set the stage for successful implementation of culturally responsive teaching and learning through the use of social-emotional tools and strategies.

The Trauma Responsive Classroom: From ACEs Aware to Practice

Presenters: Cheryl Harris, Program Planner, Exceptional Student Education (ESE), The School District of Palm Beach County

Michelle Beatty, Specialist, SEDNET

Participants in this session will learn about Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), trauma-informed classroom/school practices and ways to support increased resiliency.

 

The Words We Use

Presenter: Sherrie Raven, Director of PSELI Implementation, CASEL: Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning

How can we make our language more effective for children and adults while building social and emotional skills? Participants will learn about reinforcing and reminding language, practice the difference between praise and feedback, and deepen skills in listening and questioning.