SEL Workshops for Educators

SEL, or Social Emotional Learning, is a developmental path imperative for students and educators alike.  Following a model of self-discovery, inter-personal relationships, and visioning/world-view, these skills strengthen our individuals, relationships, and communities.   The Leadership Program’s SEL workshops are designed to help educators strengthen their understanding of, and accessibility to, social emotional skills and techniques. 



Using SEL (Social Emotional Learning) to Magnify Your Leadership

Social and Emotional Learning is not just for our youth. Taking a Social and Emotional approach to your leadership can magnify and expand the impact you have on your team and your organization.  This workshop teaches skills for understanding and accessing the social and emotional side of your leadership.


The Softer Side of Leadership

Leadership is often a training of “hard skills”:  budgeting and time management; HR and strategy. But in the midst of those important skills, we ought not to forget the “soft” ones too. Effective communication, company culture building, and team visioning are also critical skills necessary for leading a team to greatness. Participants in this workshop will learn the softer side of leadership…   which, trust us, is as hard as it gets.  


Emotional Intelligence

What the heck is Emotional Intelligence and how do I get one? Participants of this workshop take a deep dive into Daniel Goleman’s approach to emotional intelligence, and study it’s importance in the field of education, as well as its application to their success in the classrooms and beyond.


Growth Mindset

This workshop will allow participants to explore the difference between a “fixed” mindset approach to teaching and learning and a “growth” mindset one. (Hint: the “growth” mindset approach opens and expands a world of possibilities for learning and growing, both in the classroom and beyond.)


Engaging Young Women/Men To Step Into Their Leadership

Our young women/men get inundated with a myriad of mixed messages, from social media and peer groups and teachers and family; from what they view on tv or read online. This workshop gives educators tools to engage our young people in a different set of messages—messages of strength, of rich history, of pride, and of unique beauty. From past to present to future, this workshop shares ways for educators to empower their young people to celebrate their own story and vision what’s yet to come.


Vulnerability As a Strength

This workshop looks at the ways that we hold ourselves back by suppressing our vulnerability.  We explore ways that we can encourage healthy vulnerability within ourselves and create a safe space for others to be vulnerable with us.


Mindfulness and Letting Go

Too often, we allow the past that does not serve us, show up to ruin the present.  Holding on to difficult feelings and ideas tend to sabotage us eventually.  While letting go of past hurt, anger and difficulty releases us from angst and pain it also makes room for positive productivity.  Utilizing proven mindfulness techniques, participants will learn how to focus on what really matters.


Cultivating Mindfulness at Work

Studies have shown that we have the potential to crank out our best work if we’re in flow and can focus.  But with so many outside influences and our perceived ability to multitask, we sometimes fall short of our intended goal, feeling overwhelmed and unable to make an impact on important tasks.  This workshop will examine ways to be more mindful at work and increase focus on ourselves and tasks in general.  In this workshop we look at meditation and yoga as a tool to generate more mindfulness at work.




Effective and Engaging Communication

Communication is king, and how we communicate goes so much beyond what we say.  In fact, the words we say are the easy part. How we say it, what our face looks like when we say it, and what our receiver perceives we are saying—all of those nuances impact how our message is received and how effective our communication is.  Participants of this workshop will learn, practice, and learn some more. This is a skill that is never mastered and forever important.


Leadership 360:  Engaging On All Levels

We know we need to be a leader to our staff, those that directly report to us. But what about to our colleagues and peers? What about to our supervisor? What about to our community? What about to our students? The truth is, leadership is a 360 skill set, and is relevant to every relationship we have. Participants in this workshop explore their many roles and the leadership opportunities contained within each one.


What’s your child’s Academic Learning Style

We have multiple learning styles, multiple academic styles, and multiple methods of engagement. What does that mean? We all learn differently!  We receive and process information differently. The better we understand our young person’s “style,” the more effectively we can engage them—which means the more effectively we can teach them.  Participants of this workshop will dive into the many styles and discover approaches for igniting each one. 


From SEL to A-Z:  How SEL Enhances Academic Growth

SEL, or social emotional learning and skill development, is not something that happens after the academic learning, if there’s time. SEL can—and should!—be incorporated into our students’ academics. It’s not that difficult, and it enhances our students’ experiences and propels their academics forward. Participants of this workshop will discover how.



Resilience and Equity

When the corona virus response has passed and NYC schools focus on getting back to “normal”, how will we take into consideration the different degrees to which different students’ lives have been impacted? How will we acknowledge the inequitable impact of social distancing and home sheltering on different groups and make schools safe, inclusive, and equitable for all? This training will examine the ways inequity impacts students and how educators can take this into account now and in the future.

Re-entry Circles

Re-entry circles are not just for students who have been suspended. They are for the whole community to come together and re-form the bonds that make community. This PD will focus on training in these circles, with topics focused on building relationships and creating safe, brave space for all.



Our SEL approach to classroom management invites educators to practice a SOAR approach of stopping, observing, analyzing, and responding. This approach works to minimize the “jerk reaction” approach to negative behaviors in the classroom, and allows educators to examine the roots and causes behind a behavior rather than just addressing the behavior itself.


Master Mind for Teachers

Mastermind groups offer a support to like-minded individuals through brainstorming, goal setting and shared ideas and solutions.  The group also provides a level of emotional support paired with professional acumen.  The goal of the group is to achieve success through goal setting and presenting challenges that the group can collectively solve and provide resources.  There is a specific structure that helps members turn challenges and complaints into constructive problem solving.  As members of the group create goals, the rest of the group helps with accountability by checking in with members during the times they are not meeting.  The mastermind should start at the beginning of a cycle like the school year or semester and should end at the end of a school year or cycle.  Participants will showcase or report their progress at the end of the cycle through a creative outlet.


A TLP coach facilitates discussions, keeping the group on track.  The coach offers a series of questions that help broaden each participant, balancing out the discussions. As participants offer support the coach is maintaining an environment of learning and support, moving the group through its agenda each meeting. 


Igniting Students’ Power To Make Positive Change

Bullying is still a prevailing problem, though it may come in different forms and packages. Now more than ever students need to understand their role in stopping bullying by playing an “upstander” role in their community. Participants of this workshop will learn strategies for empowering their young people to be positive, kind leaders in their schools and communities.


Connecting Students Together and Celebrating Our Unique Strengths

We are all made differently.  We look different, we come from different backgrounds, we have different beliefs and experiences. Our differences make us stronger, if we learn to embrace and celebrate them, rather than use them to keep us apart.  In this workshop participants will learn how to engage their students in a conversation about difference, and discover strategies for embracing the many differences among us.