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Integrating Social-Emotional Learning into Academic Instruction
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When: 11/12/2019
8:45 am to 2:45 pm
Where: Holton-Arms School
7303 River Road
Bethesda, Maryland  20817
United States

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Category: Hands-on and Direct Instruction


Alongside community-building or advisory lessons, we can use the academic tasks our students already do—their lessons, discussions, and assignments—as opportunities for them to explore and enact their values. Building bridges in science class can be a context for learning how to collaborate. Writing a paper on the French Revolution can be a context for opening up about what matters. Revising a drawing can be a context for learning to persist in the face of struggle. Not only are students doing meaningful academic work; they’re also learning how they want to approach their education, their work, their surroundings, and each other.

In this highly experiential, make-and-take workshop, we’ll learn protocols that incorporate values work into academic units. Informed by evidence-based psychological science, the workshop will involve writing, drawing, food metaphors, relational frame theory, making stuff you can use, serious discussions about values and vulnerabilities, and empowering students to become the people they want to be. After learning each protocol by doing it ourselves, we’ll reflect on the process and see an example of what it looks like in a classroom. Then, based on what we’ve just learned, we’ll create materials so we can use the protocols with our students. Along the way, we’ll discover some of the psychological science of empowering students discover and do what matters to them, and we’ll learn how to structure units to incorporate SEL into every stage.

About the Process

Experiential: Learn a protocol you can use with students by trying it yourself.
Reflective: Debrief the experience and examine how it can apply to your practice.
Generative: Based on what you’ve just learned, make something to use in your own work.
Iterative: Repeat this cycle so that you’re building a unit throughout the day.

AIMS Members: $125 (through October 25th) or $135 (After October 25th)
NON AIMS Members: $250 (through October 25th) or $260 (After October 25th)


Please note that NO REFUNDS will be issued for cancellations for this class after November 5th. 


About the Presenters
Lauren Porosoff
has been an educator since 2000 and consults on designing curriculum and professional development that empowers students and teachers. She is the author of Curriculum at Your Core: Meaningful Teaching in the Age of Standards, a guide to designing curriculum beginning with values clarification; and articles for AMLE Magazine, Connections Quarterly, Independent School, Kappan, the PBS NewsHour Teachers’ Lounge Blog, Rethinking Schools, and Teaching Tolerance about how students and teachers can make their work meaningful.

Jonathan Weinstein, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist and Suicide Prevention Coordinator at the VA Hudson Valley Health Care Service, and an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at New York Medical College. As an early contributor to the development of Relational Frame Theory and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy at the University of Mississippi Center for Contextual Psychology, Jonathan studied behavioral analysis and its applications for behavior therapy, social categorization, and education. Jonathan’s publications can be found in Behavior and Social Issues, The Psychological Record, and Salud y Drogas.

Porosoff and Weinstein are the co-authors of EMPOWER Your Students: Tools to Inspire a Meaningful School Experience (Solution Tree, 2018) and the upcoming Two-for-One Teaching: Connecting Instruction to Student Values (Solution Tree, 2020).

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