Programs

Social Emotional Learning During COVID 19

Are you looking for new ways to connect with and support your students online? During this online interactive workshop, teachers will learn theories about Social Emotional Learning and explore simple and easy-to-do classroom strategies and activities to support and engage students, using creative arts and interactive theater games. 

Social and emotional learning (SEL) is the process through which children and adults understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions.

The Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning - CASEL identifies five core SEL competencies: Self-awareness, Self-management, Social Awareness, Relationship Skills, and Responsible Decision-making. The development of SEL competencies has proven to increase academic achievement, improve behavior through the decrease in dropouts rates, school and classroom behavior issues, drug use, teen pregnancy, mental health problems, and criminal behavior (casel.org).

Registration Fee: $49 per individual


Presenter:

Andrea Aranguren is an actor and educator who has concentrated in trauma informed practices and Social and Emotional Learning, through creative arts and theater. Andrea has been part of iEARN since 2004 and has worked in the international development sector for 20 years, as a manager and social entrepreneur, leading educational initiatives that have used online collaborative learning to improve the quality of education, empowering teachers and youth, promoting a global culture of diversity and inclusion and helping to develop transformational leadership skills. As a teacher, Andrea has worked nationally and internationally with underserved students through various organizations including CUNY-Brooklyn College, where she has taught acting, Theater for Social Change and Social and Emotional Learning. 

Workshop Objectives

  • Review the benefits of using Social Emotional Learning (SEL) in the classroom.
  • Explore SEL and its core competencies through hands-on team-based activities.
  • Learn about the link between traumatic or difficult past experiences and behavior.
  • Explore classroom strategies for supporting and engaging students through simple creative activities and interactive games. 

What will we do?

  • Presentations about relevant concepts and theories on SEL.
  • Break out sessions and dynamic discussions about current emotional challenges and possible effective ways to manage students' emotional distress in the present times. 
  • Try out some interactive easy-to-do activities involving creative arts and theater games. 

At the end of this workshop, teachers will be able to:

  • Be mindful of their own emotions and create their own strategies and practices to become more resilient in their classrooms and in life..
  • Teach students how to recognize, regulate and release their emotions effectively.
  • Teach students to manage difficult emotions, stress and conflict, by teaching them how to calm themselves and control impulses.