Hands-On Social-Emotional Learning In Academic Settings


When: 10/15/2018
8:30 am to 2:45 pm
Where: Bullis School
10601 Falls Road
Potomac, Maryland  20854
United States

Event Details
  Event Category: Hands On and Direct Instruction 
Hands-On Social Emotional Learning in Academic Settings: Strategies to Embed Student Values into Any Academic Unit   Instead of creating disconnected community-building or guidance lessons, we can use the academic tasks our students already do—their assignments, projects, performances, and conversations—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 treat their learning, their work, their surroundings, themselves, and each other.
In this  highly experiential workshop , you’ll learn how to create contexts for meaningful values work in academic classes, at every stage of a unit. Informed by evidence-based psychological science, the workshop will involve 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. To honor the diversity among students and subjects—and to honor our personal backgrounds and professional expertise—we’ll discuss how to adapt these strategies so they work in your context.

Tentative Agenda

Introduction: How can academic classes become a context for values work?

Part I: What are some strategies we can use to embed values work into each stage of an academic unit?
•Beginning a unit as a context for perspective-taking: Values-Activating Questions
•Learning new material as a context for appreciating each other: Collaborative Conversations
•Reviewing material as a context for exploring values: Emotions & Values Audit
•Creating work product as a context for prosocial decision-making: How I Want to Be in a Group
•Refining work product as a context for developing empathy: Nonjudgmental Peer Review
•Responding to feedback as a context for developing willingness to struggle: Feedback Cartoons

Part II: How can we design units that serve academic goals and students’ personal values?
• Curriculum Design Challenge
•Nonjudgmental Peer Review
            Closing: How can we empower our students and ourselves to approach their learning in a values-consistent way?
● Using the EMPOWER Self-Assessment Tool  
AIMS Members: $100 (through October 1st) or $125 (After October 1st)
NON AIMS Members: $120  (through October 1st) or $145 (After October 1st) Includes copy of the book:  " EMPOWER Your Students: Tools to Inspire a Meaningful School Experience, Grades 6-12"
Please note that NO REFUNDS will be issued for cancellations for this class after October 5th.    Consent to Use of Photo / Video / Audio:  Registration, attendance at, or participation in AIMS meetings and other activities constitutes an agreement by the registrant to AIMS’ use and distribution (both now and in the future) of the registrant or attendee’s image or voice in photographs, videos, electronic reproductions, and audio of such events and activities.   Presenters:   
Lauren Porosoff has been a teacher for 18 years and has served as a diversity coordinator and a grade-level team leader. She consults with teachers and administrators on designing curriculum and professional development. Lauren has written for AMLE Magazine, Independent School, Kappan, Rethinking Schools, and Teaching Tolerance.

Jonathan Weinstein, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist with the Department of Veterans Affairs. 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, 2017).