Institutes and
SELected Sessions

2017 Workshop and 2018 Institutes Announced!

November 14, 2018: 1-Day Workshop "SEL is Fundamental" hosted by Woodside Priory School

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June 18 — 21, 2018: 4-Day Institute hosted by Holton-Arms School, Bethesda, MD

July 28 - August 2, 2018: 4-day Institute hosted by The Nueva School, Hillsborough, CA 
August 3rd: 1-day SELected Sessions hosted by The Nueva School, Hillsborough, CA

Institute Early Bird registration for is open until October 31, 2017.
Financial Aid and CEUs also available.

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Since our founding in 2009, educators from both independent and public schools have looked to our Institutes and SELected Sessions for SEL guidance and leadership.


Each Institute brings together K-12 teachers, administrators and counselors from around the world for multiple days of sessions, collaboration, and reflection that range across a broad library of SEL topics and research.


  • Build a deep, experiential understanding of core SEL principles and practices.
  • Help educators cultivate in their teaching practice the humanity and empathy that can help them inspire students to evolve into compassionate leaders and resilient learners.
  • Inform an educator’s perspective in ways that help spark creativity and renew inspiration for teaching.
  • Strengthen an educator’s capacity to bring SEL to classroom and community in ways that transform a school.


Institutes include a range of offerings from our array of sessions, including—

  • SEL is Fundamental: Research, Rationale, and Inspiration
  • SEL Toolbox:  Foundational SEL Practices for Students
  • Peace - Building, Conflict Resolution and Play
  • Emotion Thermometer:  Practices for Self-regulation and Resiliency
  • The Power of the Teacher’s SELf
  • Advisory Groups:  Insights, Ideas, and Design Principles (5-12)
  • Influence of Media on Middle and High School Students:  SEL Opportunities (5-12)
  • The Open Session (5-12)
  • Catalyzed by SEL:  Academic Subject Teaching and Learning (5– 12)
  • Designing an SEL Community from the Inside Out
—Comments from 2016 Summer Institute attendees
“Great mix of experiential and listening.”
“You were amazingly professional, organized, timely.  I felt you always had our needs in mind.  I never felt that you were wasting my time.  Excellent and I will HIGHLY recommend it."
“Fantastic execution!  My colleagues and I have been so impressed by this Institute.  Thank you!”
“I loved the variety of instructors."
“Thank you for your depth, guidance, expert knowledge, length of sessions, good food and excellent resources.”
“The improvisation activities were great!  I will use them with both students and faculty!”
“So many non-competitive ways to have fun while building trust, teamwork and self-knowledge.”
“I am excited to plan for the year with this experience in mind.”
“THE BINDER—the exercises and ‘how to’ guidance is priceless."

SELected Sessions

Our SELected Sessions supplement Institute work with an optional, one-day set of opportunities to deepen your SEL skills.

The topics the Sessions address are cutting-edge—e.g., Rethinking Human Sexuality Education, and Activating SEL and Social Justice through Art and Word.  The Sessions are led led by thoughtful educators in the field.


  • Cultivating Positive Emotion to Manage Stress and Sustain Performance
  • The Best Tech Tools to Improve Behavior and Monitor Progress and Outcomes
  • Empathy and Compassion in the Classroom
  • Good Teaching is Good Teaching, Right? Well, That Depends on Who’s Learning
  • Intelligence in Motion
  • Insights That Build Students Self-Regulation Skills via Enhancing their Hot and Cool Executive Functions

Example Schedules: 
Prior Institutes and SELected Sessions

  • Institute Schedules
  • SELected Session Schedules

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CEU Information

Participants in IFSEL Events are eligible for CEU Credits from Dominican University.
Participants completing One Day Workshops are eligible for .5 of a credit.
Participants completing the Complete Fall Series of (4) One Day Workshops, or a (4 Day) Institute are eligible for  2.0 Credits.

If you are interested in applying, please request the application at the event registration desk.
The application and fees are sent directly to Dominican University which administers the process.

At this time, IFSEL is not able to provide credits for clinical counseling.