Audience: K-12 teachers and administrators
Method: Online course
Duration: 4 weeks
Graduate application: Not required
Credits: See note below
Social emotional learning in schools
Social emotional learning is getting a lot of attention due to the emphasis in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), but what is social emotional learning (SEL) and how can schools make sure this type of learning is being addressed? Attend this course and get answers to these questions and more. Participants will learn techniques and strategies for promoting a healthy and vibrant culture for all students.
This online course is largely asynchronous with one synchronous discussion during the four weeks (time and date to be determined). For the remainder of the course, participants won’t meet at certain times and dates, making the class convenient and flexible. Each week, you’ll complete a module with assigned reading, a video lecture and then an assignment with a deadline. In the end, educators will come away with a deeper understanding of how to address the SEL needs of the diverse populations they serve.
Weekly topics include:
- Five categories for SEL integration
- Teaching SEL concepts to students
- Measuring SEL
- Apply SEL concepts in a school setting
A note on course credit
This course is not being offered for credit on its own. However, individuals who successfully complete two of the course offerings listed below and then enroll in one of the master’s programs indicated may also be eligible for up to three hours of awarded credit toward their degree.
Complete two courses:
- Restorative Justice in Schools
- All Learning is Social Emotional Learning
- Student-Centered Coaching
- The Resilient Educator: Preventing Teacher Burnout
- Happy Teacher, Happy Classroom: Exploring Happiness for a Life Well Lived
- Educators Can’t Pour from an Empty Cup: Creating a Self-Care Plan
Enroll in one of these programs:
- Educational Leadership (Master of Science)
- Integrative Health and Wellness (Master of Science)
- Educational Specialist (Master of Science)
Meet your course instructor
This online course is led by Kimberly Kazmierczak. Currently serving as principal of Bloomer Elementary in Council Bluffs, Iowa, she has 20 years of education experience and is dedicated to building learning environments that balance relationships and high expectations for instruction. She was named the 2015 Iowa Middle Level Principal of the Year by the School Administrators of Iowa and recognized for her efforts to increase achievement while building a strong sense of community.
Kazmierczak holds a Bachelor of Arts in elementary education from Buena Vista University, special education and secondary education endorsements from the University of Nebraska at Omaha and a master’s degree in educational leadership and administration from the University of Northern Iowa.
Frey, N., Fisher, D., & Smith, D. (2019). All learning is social and emotional: Helping students develop essential skills for the classroom and beyond. Alexandria, VA: ASCD.
If you have questions please fill out our Contact Us form or call 402.280.4076. We can also provide assistance with group registration or work with you to develop a customized course for a team.