Social Emotional Learning Sessions

Featured Sessions

Classbuilding and Teambuilding: Create Buddies, Not Bullies

KaganAudience: All Educators

Credit Hours: 6

Presenter(s): Kagan Cooperative Learning

Course Description: Why do teachers who do more teambuilding and classbuilding obtain higher academic scores? Teambuilding and classbuilding create the conditions for learning. When students meet their needs for security and belonging, they are free to engage in higher-level learning. Disruptions and discipline problems decrease, speeding up your teaching and student learning. When students feel safe, known, respected, and appreciated, they enjoy school more and are more prepared to work hard and learn well. Come learn from the experts how to create the appropriate context to nurture learning. Provide more nutrients for the brain with energizing classbuilders. Build productive learning teams with a range of teambuilders. Reduce the psychological and emotional distance between classmates and instill in students a sense of belonging. Create a caring, cooperative context for learning—and reap the benefits for your entire teaching career.

Dates/Times:

  • June 14th from 8:30 am - 4:00 pm
  • August 2nd from 8:30 am - 4:00 pm

The Heart and Mind of Coaching: Inside Tough Conversations

Audience: AISD Instructional Coaches, SCE Support Interventionists, and Administrators

Credit Hours: 3

Presenter(s): Dr. Lloyd Sain

Course Description: According to Rogers (2012), “interrupting needs to be done with discretion. Unlike psychotherapy that dwells in the past, coaching is about the present and future. Hence, coaches interrupt in the interest of the client and the coaching relationship (pp. 90-91).” Tough coaching conversation are sometimes a challenge to approach with individuals. These conversations bring mixed emotions that might take the coaching partnership on an emotional roller coaster.  Often times coaching dialogue goes on too long as a way of avoiding getting to the real point. Individuals committed to fully engage in this session will have completed any of the following:

  • Serve as an Instructional Coach or SEC Interventionist
  • ILA’s “A Coaching Culture” on November 1, 2017, or January 24, 2018
  • “The Heart and Mind of Coaching: Getting Started " June or July 2018
  • “A Coaching Disposition” with Dr. Sain during Epic Second Saturday, October 14, 2017
  • “AISD Coaching Conversation for Appraisers” in October 16 & 17, 2017

Participants will demonstrate their coaching disposition learning into this session to engage in the practice of coaching in tough conversations. An awareness of social-emotional learning in adults will be highlighted.

Dr. Lloyd Sain, CEO of LSJ Leadership & Coaching Development, LLC is well known in Arlington ISD for his dynamic style in supporting leaders with learning the language and disposition of an effective coach. Dr. Sain has been and educator and administrator for over 30 years, during which time he was a secondary ELA teacher, a campus leader, a district leader, an adjunct professor, and much more!

Dates/Times:

  • June 14th from 8:30 - 11:30 am
  • June 14th from 1:00 - 4:00 pm
  • August 2nd from 8:30 - 11:30 am
  • August 2nd from 1:00 - 4:00 pm

The Innovator’s Mindset

Audience: All Educators

Credit Hours: 3

Presenter(s): George Couros

Course Description: Carol Dweck’s work has focused on the ideas of “fixed” and “growth” mindset, yet educators will need to go a step further with these notions to create the learning opportunities and that our students and schools deserve. We need to focus not only what we know, but what we do with what we know. In this talk, George will discuss the idea and characteristics of “The Innovator’s Mindset” (as discussed in the book of the same title), and share powerful examples on why this is so crucial for all educators. George’s presentations are known to be emotional, humorous, all while pushing your thinking, and will definitely connect to your heart first, in a way that will last with you long after this keynote. George will tap on some  awareness of social emotional learning for adults and students.

Author of The Innovator’s Mindset, George Couros is a long time learner, educator and innovative teacher and learning leader in the field. He believes we need to inspire our kids to follow their passions, while letting them inspire us to do the same. Through conversations, he works to empower participants to build strong connections in the learning experience.

Dates/Times:

  • To be announced soon!

Break-Out Sessions

A Place Everyone Wants to Be: Creating a Library Environment that is Welcoming to All Patrons

Audience: Librarians

Credit Hours: 3 - 4*

Presenter(s): Julie Moore, AISD Library Media Services

Course Description: School libraries are the heart of the school and are often a place of refuge for students, parents, and staff. Join us as we learn how librarians can leverage the library program and space to build a warm and welcoming place that is responsive to the needs of all patrons. Participants will examine the five core competencies of social emotional learning: self awareness, self management, social awareness, relationship skills, responsible decision making and how these apply to the library. Participants will engage in reflective learning opportunities to instill that the campus library is a place that everyone wants to be.  

Participants should bring a district-issued mobile device as this session will utilize an online Canvas course as part of a blended learning opportunity. *The face-to-face session is 3 hours long. Participants may earn 1 additional hour of continuous learning credit by completing and uploading evidence of additional learning/application after the session.

Dates/Times:

  • August 2nd from 8:30 - 11:30 am

Academic Success for Students of Poverty, Part II

Audience: All Teachers and School Leaders

Credit Hours: 3

Presenter(s): Julie McGuire, Krista McCown, AISD State and Federal Programs Department

Course Description: Students in poverty are not broken or damaged, human brains adapt to experiences by making changes, your students can change by addressing these differences with purposeful teaching. During this follow-up session teachers and school leaders will explore strategies to create culturally responsive classrooms that spotlight a variety of instructional practices and methodologies that reduce the risks of school failure for students of poverty.

Dates/Times:

  • June 13th from 1:00 - 4:00 pm
  • June 14th from 8:30 - 11:30 am
  • August 1st from 1:00 - 4:00 pm
  • August 2nd from 8:30 - 11:30 am

Behavioral Supports - Planning for ProActive Intervention

Audience: All General, Dyslexia, and Special Education Teachers

Credit Hours: 3

Presenter(s): Karin Kliemann, AISD Special Education Department

Course Description: Have you ever had students that have challenging behavior while in the classroom? Do you find yourself frustrated by behaviors that are interfering with instruction? This session is for you! Come delve into the science of behavior shaping. Learn how to de-escalate situations by investigating antecedents and consequences that can impact behavior change for the better. Participants will engage in a process for intentionally planning for behavior changes in the classroom and leave with a bank of strategies and a framework for intervention planning.

Dates/Times:

  • June 12th from 8:30 - 11:30 am
  • July 31st from 8:30 - 11:30 am
  • August 1st from 1:00 - 4:00 pm
  • August 2nd from 8:30 - 11:30 am

Building a Classroom Community of Scientists Using Talk Science

Audience: All Science Teachers, Administrators

Credit Hours: 3 - 5*

Presenter(s): AISD Science Department

Course Description: Imagine a classroom where students have just completed a science investigation and a whole classroom is underway. Students put forth competing ideas, even though some ideas may prove to be more correct than others.  Students explain their ideas in detail and provide supporting evidence. They listen carefully to each other with respect. Students take seriously and evaluate their own and others' competing ideas. In other words, they are intellectually and socially engaged.

Through well-structured talk, students are guided or apprenticed into the fundamental social and intellectual practices of science. Upon conclusion of this course, participants will be able to plan and facilitate a classroom culture of productive talk by establishing discussion norms, creating discussion questions, and using teacher talk moves. Participants will observe classroom examples, practice using talk moves, and create norms and discussion questions to use during the first few weeks of school.

*The face-to-face session is 3 hours long. Participants may earn 2 additional hours of continuous learning credit by completing and uploading evidence of additional learning/application after the session.

Dates/Times:

  • June 14th from 8:30 - 11:30 am
  • June 14th from 1:00 - 4:00 pm

Building Relationships: Creating Connections, Building Bridges … Together

Audience: All Educators

Credit Hours: 3

Presenter(s): Eric Phillips and Suzanne Stevenson, AISD and Community Engagement Department

Course Description:

Creating connections and building bridges is the very core of what we do as educators.  Research shows the importance of building positive student-teacher-family relationships, collective teacher efficacy, and engaging families in education. As educators, we realize that relationships are important to positive student outcomes, but sometimes find it difficult to build relationships intentionally with all stakeholders. This workshop will explore ways to develop an understanding of how cultural lenses influence how we view others; increase understanding of the key elements to building functional relationships; and gain strategies for connecting with students and their families.

Dates/Times:

  • August 1st from 8:30 - 11:30 am
  • August 2nd from 1:00 - 4:00 pm

Calm, Cool and Collected Classroom Management

Audience: 3rd - 12th Grade Teachers

Credit Hours: 3 - 4*

Presenter(s): Renee’ Pope and Hazel Byrd, Professional Learning Department

Course Description: This session is for educators seeking a calm, cool and collected style of classroom management. Participants will experience classroom management strategies that are proactive, positive and instructional. Participants will leave with strategies and a framework to integrate successful management strategies regardless of that they are teaching.  

*The face-to-face session is 3 hours long. Participants may earn 1 additional hour of continuous learning credit by completing and uploading evidence of additional learning/application after the session.

Dates/Times:

  • July 31st from 8:30 - 11:30 am
  • July 31st from 1:00 - 4:00 pm
  • August 1st from 8:30 - 11:30 am

Creating a Culturally Responsive Campus

Audience: All Campus Administrators

Credit Hours: 3

Presenter(s): Dr. Sonia Soltero (De Paul University), AISD World Languages Specialists

Course Description: Campus administrators will engage in a collaborative work session with Dr. Sonia Soltero from DePaul University to explore their school’s approach to educating EL’s.  At the end of this session, participants will have a plan for specific practices they can use to promote a culturally responsive environment within their school. Upon completion of this course, participants will receive a copy of Dr. Soltero’s book, Schoolwide Approaches to Educating ELLs - Creating Culturally Responsive K-12 Schools.

Dates/Times:

  • July 31st from 8:30 - 11:30 am
  • July 31st from 1:00 - 4:00 pm
  • August 1st from 8:30 - 11:30 am
  • August 1st from 1:00 - 4:00 pm

Culturally Responsive Classroom Management Strategy: Classroom Environment

Audience: KG - 12 Teachers

Credit Hours: 3

Presenter(s): Alisha Brown, AISD Instructional Coach

Course Description: Students of diverse backgrounds benefit greatly from a classroom environment that embraces their culture and interests. Upon conclusion for this session, participants will be able to create and implement first week of school activities that help establish an environment in which students feel safe and comfortable to be themselves. Participants will have to opportunity to collaborate to create 2-3 first week of school activities that integrate the various cultures of students into the classroom!

Dates/Times:

  • June 12th from 8:30 - 11:30 am
  • July 31st from 8:30 - 11:30 am

Getting to Know Your Students

Audience: KG - 12th Grade Teachers

Credit Hours: 6

Presenter(s): s3Strategies Consultant

Course Description: Create a classroom environment where your students can enjoy learning.

Consider your teaching style and your students’ learning styles. How might they both impact instruction? Experience strategies for you to get to know your students and allow them to better know each other. Not just, “Are you smart?”, but, “How are you smart?” Students who are more confident in their learning try harder.

Dates/Times:

  • June 13th from 8:30 - 11:30 am
  • June 13th from 1:00 - 4:00 pm
  • August 1st from 8:30 - 11:30 am
  • August 1st from 1:00 - 4:00 pm

GT, Not Extraterrestrial! Out of this world Social and Emotional Strategies and Support (GT Update)

Audience: Teachers who need GT Credit

Credit Hours: 3

Presenter(s): Amy Gresham, Advanced Academics

Course Description: Gifted and Talented Learners may look perfect on paper in some areas, but GT educators are aware that at times the students may appear “other worldly.”  Searching through the cosmos to find the right strategies to support their interstellar needs doesn’t have to be rocket science. Together, we will help create an out of this world plan to support our various GT learners’ intergalactic journeys and destinations to success!

Dates/Times:

  • June 12th from 1:00 - 4:00 pm
  • June 13th from 1:00 - 4:00 pm
  • June 14th from 1:00 - 4:00 pm
  • July 31st from 1:00 - 4:00 pm
  • August 1st from 8:30 - 11:30 am
  • August 2nd from 8:30 - 11:30 am

Introduction to Trauma Based Relational Intervention

Audience: All Educators

Credit Hours: 3

Presenter(s): Jodie Dunn and Jordyn Patton, AISD Counselors

Course Description: By understanding and adjusting for trauma that interferes with student learning and behavior, educators can improve the student's ability to learn and function in society.  Upon completion of this session, participants will be able to understand the impact of trauma on learning and implement beginning interventions to reduce behavior issues and increase the students ability to learn.  Participants will learn about the impact of trauma through video, case study, real-world examples and interactive discussion. They will be able to reflect on interventions and plan for implementation in the classroom.

Dates/Times:

  • June 12th from 8:30 - 11:30 am
  • June 13th from 8:30 - 11:30 am

Let’s Circle-up with Restorative Practices

Audience: All Educators

Credit Hours: 3

Presenter(s): Cheryl Boyland, Angela Hernandez, Lili McEntire, Eric Zeissig, Jerod Reeves, AISD OSBSS

Course Description: From Restorative Chats to Affective Statements to Community Circles, participants will explore bringing Community Building Circles into the classroom to enhance positive classroom culture. These practices provide an emotionally- safe space and encourage risk-taking essential social emotional skills that foster a positive learning environment.

During the session, participants will lesson plan, practice, and conduct community building circles to prepare for their students. Participants will review PBIS in the Classroom with a focus on Culture and Relationship Building strategies, as well as delve deeply into the essential components of a successful Community Building Circle through observation, participation, and planning activities.

Dates/Times:

  • July 31st from 8:30 - 11:30 am
  • July 31st from 1:00 - 4:00 pm
  • August 1st from 1:00 - 4:00 pm
  • August 2nd from 8:30 - 11:30 am

Let’s Talk: Utilizing the Interpersonal Mode in the LOTE Classroom

Audience: K-12 LOTE Teachers, Dual Language Spanish Partner Teachers

Credit Hours: 3

Presenter(s): Felicia Dillard and Leah McFarlin, Instructional Specialists in AISD World Languages

Course Description: In a LOTE classroom, when students' "affective filter" is lowered, negative emotional and motivational factors are reduced. This allows them to be receptive and responsive while using the Interpersonal mode of communication. Upon conclusion of this session, participants will be able to plan and implement Interpersonal Speaking activities while also embedding social and emotional learning. Participants will experience the activities as a student followed by reflection and then plan for implementation.  

Dates/Times:

  • June 12th from 1:00 - 4:00 pm
  • July 31st from 1:00 - 4:00 pm

Social Emotional Learning for Students in Inclusive Settings

Audience: Elementary Special Education Inclusion & General Ed Teachers

Credit Hours: 3

Presenter(s): AISD Special Education Specialists

Course Description: More and more students have IEP goals and objectives targeted in the social emotional area. How do we meet their needs in the inclusive setting? By course end, participants will be able to plan for social emotional skills instruction using research-based strategies as well as environmental accommodations needed. Participants will experience the learning environment through the lens of students with disabilities in order to develop lesson plans to teach targeted social emotional skills.

NOTE: Please bring a fully charged computer, notebook or tablet.

Dates/Times:

  • June 13th from 8:30 - 11:30 am
  • June 14th from 1:00 - 4:00 pm
  • July 31st from 1:00 - 4:00 pm
  • August 1st from 8:30 - 11:30 am
  • August 2nd from 1:00 - 4:00 pm

The Heart and Mind of Coaching: Getting Started

Audience: Any AISD Educator or Leader Interested in Coaching

Credit Hours: 3 - 4*

Presenter(s): Jessica Estillette, Gaya Jefferson, AISD Professional Learning Department; Dekisha Ojo, AISD Instructional Coach

Course Description: So you want to learn about coaching? In this interactive session, you will embark on a journey into the heart and mind of a coach during which time you will refine verbal and non-verbal skills to enhance communication within relationships. Additionally, you will learn how to navigate the AISD Coaching Conversation tools to facilitate growth toward individual professional goals.

*The face-to-face session is 6 hours long. Participants may earn 1 additional hour of continuous learning credit by completing and uploading evidence of additional learning/application after the session.

Dates/Times:

  • June 13th from 1:00 - 4:00 pm
  • August 1st from 1:00 - 4:00 pm

Who’s Driving? Understanding the Socio-Emotional Needs of Drug-Affected Students

Audience: KG - 12th Grade Educators and Administrators

Credit Hours: 3

Presenter(s): AISD Interventionist Specialists

Course Description: Participants will leave with information from the 2017 AISD Youth Drug Survey and gain insight to how drugs affect behaviors in the classroom.  Course will be presented using powerpoint, videos and scenarios.

Dates/Times:

  • June 13th from 1:00 - 4:00 pm
  • August 2nd from 1:00 - 4:00 pm

Online Sessions

Social Emotional Learning Basics

Audience: All Educators

Credit Hours:  4

Presenter(s):  Hoonuit Online Learning

Course Description: This module focuses on social and emotional learning, offers practicing teachers an overview that begins with a definition of social-emotional learning (SEL) and highlights the critical role that teachers play in helping students acquire the knowledge, attitudes, and skills related to SEL. The overview features a brief history of social-emotional learning and describes how SEL builds on the contributions of individuals such as Maslow, Bloom, Goleman, and Noddings. The module also provides examples of instructional strategies teachers can use to facilitate social-emotional learning and concludes with a preview of the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) framework and its five core SEL competencies.

Follow the link below to begin your learning Log in with your typical AISD login information.

https://learnit.hoonuit.com/5857/learnit. After completing the course, download your certificate then upload it into Eduphoria for exchange time credit.

Dates/Times:

  • June 12th - August 2nd