Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Professional Training: Social & Emotional Learning (Top 5 Issue)

Mindfulness and Social Emotional Learning (SEL) in the Classroom
taught by Molly Lawlor, MA, PhD Candidate

Saturday December 6, 2014
9:00am - 12:00pm
UW Center for Child & Family Well-being

Workshop Description
Mindfulness is commonly defined as an open, non-judgmental awareness to the present moment. This session will introduce participants to mindfulness as well as practices for children within the framework of Social Emotional Learning (SEL). The latest research within the emerging field of mindfulness practice with children will be presented along with considerations for implementation in the classroom context.

Participants will be offered experiential learning with guided mindfulness practice. Concepts will be expanded to discuss practical tools for children and how these can be implemented within the classroom context to support mindful awareness, social emotional competencies, and increased engagement. Through this workshop, participants will: 
  1. Become familiar with the CASEL framework for Social and Emotional Learning (SEL), along with the benefits of SEL in the classroom, including student well-being, prosocial behaviour, and academic success
  2. Develop knowledge and skills to develop caring environments (e.g. classroom, child care centers and home contexts) – the foundation for SEL
  3. Learn about and participate in several mindfulness activities, and gain skills to integrate age-appropriate mindfulness activities for children in the classroom

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