Transformative Principal
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Jeff Becker and I are hosting a webinar about how to implement SEL in your school. Register here! Jeff is a former school counselor and current video production teacher in Florida. He also hosts the CanDoU SEL podcast and produces courses for high schools to use to support their students. Check those out here.

  • It won’t work unless you address SEL with staff, too
  • People feel ill-equipped to do SEL.
  • The students will lead you through the process.
  • CASEL Core Competencies - Self-awareness, Self-management, Social awareness, Relationship skills, Responsible decision-making
  • What is SEL?
  • SEL just feels fluffy.
  • Professional development on social emotional learning.
  • Teachers hate to be put in a situation where they don’t feel set up for success.
  • If you work with kids, and you do care, you’ve already won 80–90% of the battle.
  • You know more than you know.
  • Kids just want to be listened to.
  • Create a space to talk about what the kids want to talk about.
  • Think about when you had a connection
  • At worst, SEL shows kids how much you care.
  • Data on success from doing SEL.
  • Write down all your problems in your school, and fit them into each of the buckets from CASEL.
  • When given the opportunity, they want to know how to stop using substances to stop numbing feelings.
  • How to be a transformative principal? Give your teachers the green light to carve in time to talk about something non-academic in your class.
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