—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."


What have participants at our Institutes and Workshops said about their experience?

2017 Institute Participant
2017 Institute Participant
2017 Institute Participant

Michelle Dowling

"There has been a transformational change in our Lower School in just this past year as we implemented the SEL program... and I am eager to continue its growth! Particularly as we look to engage our Middle School faculty as well.... simultaneously striving to train every single Lower School faculty member.  Please let me know if this would be a possibility... and what the next steps would entail."

Aaron Hollingshead

"We had a great experience with the IFSEL Team during our day of professional development for our middle and high school teachers! In fact, today I tried the Open Session in a career course that I'm teaching at the moment and it was tremendous!"

Wendy Reiter

"Our Middle division program has grown exponentially over the time we've collaborated. To witness the activity at the faculty meeting where our faculty responded to your statements along the continuum, strongly indicated, in the most graphic ways, the degree to which they have positively responded to our work together. Clearly the majority of our faculty feel overwhelmingly more confident and positive in their advisory role and in the classroom."

Dena Scott

“[Thank] you and your fabulous team of [IFSEL] colleagues for hosting such an inspirational institute! I wanted to take the opportunity to be a learner and I truly was able to soak up such incredible insight and knowledge from all of those that were there… Transitioning from community mental health to a school I have really felt so privileged to have the ability to spend so much time with educators who can share such complex perspectives on working with children. The IFSEL was such an awesome bridge for me and grounding place…

Thank you again!”

Larry Purcell

"Finally, a 5th grader, who has never spoken up in our assemblies before said, "I think it's like learning a really tough piece in piano.  Sometimes it's so hard you have to decide, 'Do I stick with it or do I quit?'  I'm dealing with something in my life right now where I have to make that decision.  It's hard, but I'm learning what that feels like and how to be honest with myself about it."

The reason I share this with you is that I attribute our SEL work to helping our students continue to find their voices.  There are so many layers in the comments above.  Our students are synthesizing ideas and feelings.  They are seeking out examples of family and friends and allowing others to be an influence in their lives.  And finally, our students are taking risks, real risks, and navigating their lives with confidence...all while not being afraid to be without answers in the process.  

Things like Check-ins, Open Session, and themed advisory activities are helping our already healthy community find new depths.  Thank you to you and your team for your guidance, support and mentoring."

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 and Lesson Library enables us to design and tailor a dynamic range of experiences into any Path.

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Who Have We Worked With?

The IFSEL team presents at or has consulted with nearly 100 schools and organizations over the past 8 years. Many of our schools maintain an on-going relationship with us through on-site workshops or by repeatedly sending teachers and administrators to our Summer Institutes.

Conference Presentation List

African Leadership Academy Indaba
Bay Area Teacher Collaborative Workshop
California Association of Independent Schools
Columbia Teachers College Conference
East Asia Region Conference – Administrators 2017
Innovative Learning Conferences
Learning and the Brain Conferences
National Association of Independent Schools
Northwest Association of Independent Schools
People of Color Conferences
San Ramon High School TedX Conference
Stanford University Round Table on Technology & SEL in Schools
Teacher Development Collaborative – Los Angeles Chapter - 2017

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