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SEL Integration Series Part 3

Making the SEL 

Connection - Online Zoom


This training series introduces participants to a simple method for integrating Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) into OST settings – S.I.T - Signature practices, Inquiry and reflection, and Thematic SEL connections. The first training focuses on using signature practices to create a safe, welcoming, engaging and inclusive OST space for all youth and adults. The second session centers on effective inquiry and reflective dialogue practices that help empower adults and youth to build their intra – and interpersonal skills in any activity or interaction. In the third training participants use their knowledge of SEL competencies and themes to help youth make SEL connections to other program content areas. Finally, session four culminates in combining the three elements of the SIT method and engaging participants to reflect and share best practices as they create program plans for SEL integration.


Since all learning is social and emotional, making the SEL connection within program activities and interactions is just a matter of intentional planning. In this training, participants revisit the CASEL and Weikart frameworks to better familiarize themselves with the language of SEL and to increase their capacity to name intra- and interpersonal skills. This creates a strong basis for brainstorming and analyzing the social emotional themes that can be drawn out from and connected to any OST activity content. Participants then use this understanding to explore ways to embed these SEL thematic connections in OST lessons with youth and other program scenarios, including common spaces and family interactions.


Practitioners from Phase II PSELI sites ONLY participate in Part One of the Series. Practitioners from Phase I PSELI sites should register and save the dates for all four sessions.


Core Competencies Addressed:

Core Knowledge Area- Child/Youth Growth and Development

1C: Use Developmental Knowledge to Create Healthy, Respectful, Supportive and Challenging Environments- Entry level and level 1


Primary QIS Scales Addressed:

Supportive Environment: II-L.: Manage Feelings and Resolve Conflicts

Interaction: III-M: Sense of Belonging, III-Q. Develop positive peer relationships.


Training Objectives:

  1. Review the five CASEL competencies and six Weikart domains and distinguish between intrapersonal and interpersonal skills
  2. Identify and draw examples of social and emotional skills and themes used in a variety of OST activities
  3. Plan and role-play connecting an OST activity to intrapersonal and interpersonal SE skills and themes with youth


Participants will:

  1. Intentionally and explicitly name social emotional skills in common program areas and in family interactions with adults and youth
  2. Increase SE skill-building outside of SEL explicit instruction time through naming, explaining and connecting social-emotional skills in other OST activities
  3. Create a template that incorporates and connects at least one intrapersonal OR one interpersonal social-emotional theme to OST lesson plan content

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