IFSEL Schools


Each year we design and lead a one-year Path of faculty development work for six schools. The Path is customized for each school’s needs, so SEL can be integrated fully into the education experience of all students and teachers.

The depth of our Workshop + Lesson Library enables us to design and tailor a dynamic range of experiences into any Path.


“The caliber of the content and design was top flight in every possible way. It was rich, varied and substantive and at every turn, you demonstrated a keen understanding of our school culture and how best to meet our needs...I am incredibly impressed with your collective and individual skills. You all work seamlessly together and yet you each have something unique to offer.” 
—Wendy Reiter, Director of Middle Division Guidance, Life Skills Teacher, Horace Mann School

“I normally opt out of all of these and am not willing to be a part of such experiences - out of my comfort zone. I engaged in this and took huge risks and I didn’t want to and I’m so happy I did, and it was such a positive experience.” 
—Sixth Grade Teacher

"The Open Session (format shared by IFSEL team) yesterday was very impactful for me. I was amazed at the openness, care, and wisdom some of our kids demonstrated and found myself holding back tears with one of the cards.  I knew where that card came from and she happened to be in my Advisory.  So I took the opportunity to process the session with them this morning.   I think for that child, it could have been life saving.  She shared how comforting it made her feel to hear all the responses."
—Middle School Advisory - Science and Arts Academy


Elements

  • Workshop days + virtual sessions, on a broad range of SEL fundamentals.
  • Classroom coaching.
  • Demonstration classes.
  • SEL events for parent education.
  • Guidance on school-wide systems: e.g. how to infuse SEL into lunchtime, recess, field trips, assemblies, student council, graduation, honoring rituals and/or awards.
  • Guidance on difficult events that impact School Climate.


Goals

  • Give faculty an in-depth experiential understanding of SEL.
  • Help faculty reshape how they see themselves, renew their inspiration and creativity, and develop their ability to build more humanity and empathy into their teaching practice.
  • Give faculty and parents a common understanding of the practices and vocabulary that can help inspire students to evolve into compassionate leaders and resilient learners.

IFSEL Schools

For more information about the IFSEL School Initiative, as well as other opportunities to consult with the Institute, please contact Elizabeth McLeod at Elizabeth@instituteforsel.org.

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