Social Emotional Supports

What the school day will look like when we welcome students back in the fall is still in flux, however, we do know that the COVID-19 crisis will leave an indelible mark on students and they will be looking to educators for their guidance and support to ease them in as the adjust to the new normal. View the array of evidence-based social and emotional practices ELT offers the entire school community when returning to school in the fall.

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Online Seminars for CTLE

Fostering Resilient Learners (5 hours) - Creating resilience-fostering environments in school can lower the impact of trauma and enhance the factors that provide the foundation for better health, academic success, and positive interactions. When school staff learn effective responses to student trauma and how to help instill resiliency skills necessary to thrive in the classroom, children have better learning outcomes – in school and in life.

Growing Great Minds with Growth Mindset (5 hours) - The perspective a person brings when doing anything in life can certainly impact their desired outcome.  As educators, we want our students to discover a passion for learning that they can carry with them long after they leave our classrooms. Fostering a growth mindset will teach our students to understand the importance of mistakes and how to use them to their best advantage as mistakes prompt us to explore alternatives in the classroom and in life. 

Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) - Teaching the Whole Child (5 hours) - Many students today are distracted, under immense pressure and suffer from mental health issues more than ever before. Before students can be successful academically, their social and emotional needs must be met. Social-emotional learning (SEL) is a critical part of a child’s development as it is the process by which they acquire and apply the knowledge, skills and attitudes to increase self-awareness and self-management, social awareness, relationship skills and responsible decision making. This seminar provides an excellent overview of SEL and offers many evidence based SEL strategies that all staff can embed directly within any learning moment.

Social Emotional Learning and Career Readiness (5 hours) - Participants will examine the need for social emotional learning in the school setting. By understanding the underlying principles of social emotional learning, participants will explore the critical connection to much needed employability skills – career ready skill categories that include Self-Awareness and Self-Management, Establishing and Maintaining Relationships, and Social Problem-Solving Skills.

Transforming the Lives of Students with Trauma-Informed Schools (5 hours) - Designed for K-12 educators and school-related professionals, this 5-hour online seminar addresses how trauma and adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) impact students’ abilities to form trusting relationships, learn new concepts and self-regulate their behaviors in and out of school. The impact of early trauma on brain development and early attachment will be explored.

SRP Seminar: Creating a Welcoming School Environment for English Language Learners (3 hours) - This seminar will familiarize participants with who our English language learners are and the challenges they face as they learn a new language. By examining the critical nature of culture and its deep impact on an English learner's identity, participants identify strategies to ensure the school environment is a caring, accessible place for our English learners.

SRP Seminar: Understanding Trauma and Supporting Traumatized Students (3 hours) – This seminar will engage participants in understanding the roots of trauma, its prevalence and causes, the characteristics and associated behaviors, as well as learning how to work with traumatized students in a proactive and positive way.

Available Every Semester

Online and Site-Based Courses for Graduate Credit

Building Positive Connections with Diverse Families and Communities (CURI 6505) - Developing strong and positive connections with families and communities is critical in our educational settings today. This course will explore and discuss diverse perspectives that are critical to school-community relationships.

Childhood Trauma and Classroom Resiliency (CURI 6532) / (UNY 736) - This course will present the core concepts of ACEs, stress, trauma, restoration, self-care, and provide research-based strategies & practices to enhance resilience in the classroom environment.

Culturally Responsive Teaching with Diverse Learners (CURI 6514) - Culturally Responsive Teaching (CRT) is a research-based method designed to enhance student engagement by implementing strategies to develop stronger relationships, culturally-inclusive curriculum and instruction techniques and positive learning environments.

Mindfulness in Todays Classroom (CURI 6568) / (UNY 732) - Healthy stress is natural. This course will help educators teach students to learn how to appropriately deal with the daily stressors throughout their day so they can be successful in school.

Social Emotional Learning: A New Approach (CURI 6526) - This course will introduce participants to the concepts of emotional intelligence and the importance of incorporating social-emotional learning in the classroom in order to create academic environments that cultivate caring, empathic and successful students.

Traumatized Child: The Effects of Stress, Trauma & Violence on Student Learning (EDV 505) - Learn strategies to reach and teach students affected by stress, trauma and/or violence.

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In-Person and Virtual Synchronous Seminars

Advancing Student Success through Relationships - Participants will discuss how to build meaningful relationships with students to advance their understanding and experience success. (1 hour)

Building Community, Collaboration, and Equity - Educators will discuss strategies for building community by using the distinctive traits and talents of individuals and establish a culture of collaboration to meet individual student needs. (1 hour)

Building Capacity in NYS for Family-School Engagement Linked to Learning Initiatives - The framework for this initiative revolves around the work of Karen Mapp. This initiative creates and implements family engagement practices designed to promote positive student outcomes, SEL and career and college readiness and success (6 hour)

Developing Virtual SEL Environments for the Youth (version for teachers and SRPs) - This seminar will provide a forum for educators to share their concerns, while providing an avenue for educators to build their toolbox to help students during these times. (1 hour)

Educators Valuing Diversity - This seminar is designed to help teachers educate their students who will be living in a world of diverse communities. (2 hour)

Ensuring Equity - Ensures all students are treated equitably. In this conversation, teachers will explore how to identify what their students, as individuals and as a collective, need at this time, in this setting. (1 hour)

Historical Trauma: System of Oppression and its Impact on Youth - This seminar will identify the impact of oppression on young people and evaluate approaches to disrupt and dismantle systems of oppression that impact mental health, social skills, relationships and success. (3 hour)

Infusing Diversity and Multiple Perspectives - Modeling critical thinking skills and using culturally diverse materials help in developing multiple perspectives and in examining events or problems for different angles. (1 hour)

Mindfulness in the Classroom (version for teachers and SRPs) - Participants will explore the definition of mindfulness and how it relates to whole child instruction in the classroom. Participants will have an opportunity to prepare next steps needed to integrate mindfulness into their daily routines. (3 hour)

Pyramid Model: Promoting Social & Emotional Competence in New York’s Young Children - These sessions address the social-emotional needs of young children. The content of the topics is consistent with evidence-based practices identified through a thorough review of the literature. Focus: Pre-K through 1st grade teachers.

Building Relationships and Creating Supportive Environments (7 hour)
Topic 1: Building Positive Relationships
Topic 2: Designing the Physical Environments
Topic 3: Schedules, Routines and Transitions
Topic 4: Planning Activities that Promote Engagement Topic 5: Giving Direction & Teaching Classroom Rules

Social Emotional Teaching Strategies (6 hour)
Topic 1: Developing Friendship Skills
Topic 2: Enhancing Emotional Literacy
Topic 3: Controlling Anger/Impulse & Teaching Problem Solving
Topic 4:  Individualizing Instruction

Individualized Intervention (6 hour)
Topic 1: Overview/Process of Positive Behavior Supports 
Topic 2: Functional Assessment/Data Collection
Topic 3: Developing a Behavior Support Plan 
Topic 4: Monitoring Outcomes

Supporting and Sustaining the Social-Emotional Needs of English Learners Who Experience Trauma - This seminar, designed for all educators who work with English language learners (ELLs), will address the multitude of trauma that many ELLs have experienced prior to and since their arrival to the US. Participants will leave this seminar with strategies to help students who have experienced trauma, tools to support ELLs’ social and emotional healing, growth and well-being, and ways to build trusting relationships with this fragile cohort. (3 hour and 6 hour)

The Airplane Oxygen Mask Principle Seminar (For teachers and SRPs) - This seminar provides a forum for staff to engage in structured conversations around how to manage their well-being amidst the anxiety, preoccupation and uncertainty of the COVID-19 virus. This seminar highlights the importance of taking care of yourself before you can effectively take care of others, providing practical mindful strategies that can be used at home or at any location. (1 hour)

The Impact of Culture on Student Achievement - In addition to learning a new language, ELLs have to adjust to a new environment and culture while learning new academic skills and content knowledge. Explore the impact of culture on academic achievement and identify factors that contribute to a culturally responsive classroom in this engaging session. (3 hour)

Trauma and Resilience - This introductory seminar provides a forum for educators to discuss what we mean by ‘trauma’ and how toxic stress impact development and learning. This session will provide information to help educators learn how to boost students’ resilience. (3 hour)

Trauma Awareness in Education: Supporting Resiliency and Preventing Conflict (version for teachers and SRPs) - This seminar will engage participants in understanding the roots of trauma, its prevalence and causes, the characteristics and associated behaviors, as well as learning how to work with traumatized students in a proactive and positive way. (3 hour)

What can I do? Helping students after a Traumatic Event - This seminar also encourages participants to share their expertise while learning additional evidence-based practices to enrich their toolbox about students dealing with trauma. (3 hour)

SRP Seminar: Family Partnerships to Improve Classroom Behavior - This seminar engages educators in discussing the benefits of having consistent and positive family school partnerships through frequent communication. (3 hour)

SRP Seminar: Managing Student Behavior - This seminar provides effective strategies for communicating expectations to students, creating an environment in which appropriate behaviors are more likely to occur, and helping students learn to make appropriate choices. (3 hour)

SRP Seminar: Our World, Our Students - This seminar helps SRPs become more familiar with students’ cultural abilities and needs in order to create a more conducive learning environment. (2 hour)

SRP Seminar: Proactively Confronting Trauma in the Classroom and Other Learning Spaces - This seminar will provide School-Related Professionals (SRPs) with an understanding of how trauma affects students and offer an opportunity to develop strategies to support and promote school wide success. (3 hour)