The experiential learning at the heart
of our work, along with
the depth of our insights, help
teachers develop a range of skills not articulated
elsewhere in school communities.
These skills include how to—
- Conduct classes in ways that build
capacity for personal reflection, meaningful conversation, ritual and group
- Use silence, creative expression,
listening and cooperation to activate SEL in all subject areas.
- Use SEL principles to facilitate more
powerful academic curriculum design.
- Exploit the link between literary
themes, creative writing, storytelling and SEL skills.
- Facilitate use of clarification,
support and proposed solutions in conversation to unlock the power of collective
- Work with values to build teacher
resilience, humanity and creativity.
- Model the resilience, compassion and
inspiration at the heart of SEL.
Our Guiding Principles
- 1. Student, teacher and community emotional well-being are reciprocal and symbiotic.
- 2. Teacher creativity is a keystone for effective social and emotional learning. It transforms and renews– yet we know it can be undervalued and under-nurtured in schools.
- 3. The ‘how’ to bring SEL alive is as important as the ‘what’.
- 4. Social and emotional wellbeing is essential for human flourishing, positive relationships and fulfilling our collective potential.
- 5. Social and emotional learning is not a panacea for all the problems faced in our schools. It does, however, have many direct positive outcomes for young people and acts as a multiplier for many other innovative practices in education.
- 6. There is no ‘right way’ to do SEL. It comes alive through our personal and collective autonomy and wisdom, intertwined with our own cultures.
In addition to being teachers of SEL, we are students of SEL. IFSEL was founded by experienced teachers, counselors and researchers who are committed to supporting and nurturing social and emotional learning in students and educators alike. Our work is informed and inspired by many years of classroom practice, along with the latest research and evidence on SEL, psychology and learning.
We are inspired by the work of Jeremy Rifkin and his book “Empathic Civilization.” Watch the video showcasing his perspective, and his belief that our education institutions need to be refocused to foster greater empathy.