RTI’s Center for Education Services facilitates a suite of social and emotional learning supports to meet the unique needs of K-12 districts and schools within diverse contexts.
We offer professional learning workshops, blended instructional coaching, and consulting support for visioning, aligning, and scaling social emotional competence. Support emphasizes building strong relationships, self-awareness, social awareness, and responsible decision-making. Our job-embedded professional learning equips administrators, teachers, and other key faculty members with the knowledge, strategies, and implementation support to best meet individual school needs. Though every engagement is customized, the following outline describes the full range of available support.
Promoting Adult SEL: Cognitive Debiasing and Relationships
Integrating SEL and Academics – A Focus on Core Instruction
Trauma Sensitive and Resilient Schools
Advancing Equity in Social and Emotional Learning
This SEL series will build faculty understanding of the role that cognitive bias, authentic relationships and individual and collective action have in promoting safe learning environments. Additionally, participants will have a toolbox of strategies designed to combat cognitive bias and build authentic relationships with students and colleagues. During this series, participants engage in hands-on activities, focused discussions, dilemma analysis, problem-solving and goal-setting for classroom implementation of strategies designed to promote authentic relationships and high expectations.
“I didn’t realize there were so many different types of bias… You had a student before in class, and so you’ve predetermined how successful they’re going to be based on prior experience… I’ve heard rumors about a student, and then I carry that into the class without realizing…Every student deserves to start fresh every semester, no matter where you’ve been with them.”
Integrating social emotional learning into academics should not be seen as a burden but as an opportunity to strengthen students’ knowledge, skills and dispositions. During this series participants will take advantage of this opportunity by exploring strategies for integration during the planning and implementation process. Focus will be on integrating skills in self-management, self-awareness, and responsible decision making while establishing classroom cultures that build authentic relationships and growth mindsets. During this workshop series, participants will complete self-assessments, learn and practice pedagogical techniques that strengthen core instruction, revise and design high quality lesson plans and refine their practices for integrating SEL into content instruction.
“When you have established a personal relationship with a student, they’re going to be more open and willing to work harder for you… because they understand that you want to encourage them and help them get through life and better understand the subject that you’re teaching.”
Trauma-sensitive schools understand trauma and its impact on schools and communities. This series is designed to raise awareness, promote resiliency and provide schools with strategies for practices and policies to build a trauma-sensitive environment. Participants will engage in interactive activities designed to create a safe and supportive environment such as individual reflection, scenario discussion, and group dialogue.
“[the scenario] about student/teacher stressors really hit home for me at the current time. It gave me ideas on how to help myself and made me aware of the effect [stress] has had on my students.”
Advancing equity through social and emotional learning is the pursuit towards building a culture of equity where students and educators despite race, ethnicity, class, gender and ability are held to high expectations and are provided with high support to experience and provide high quality educational experiences. This series is designed to explore how to establish a culture of equity through investigation and understanding of mindsets, policies, practices and data. Participants should expect to engage in individual and whole group reflection, policy and data analysis, equity conversations and activities, as well as active homework sessions between workshops.
RTI supports CFISD to lead two Learning Leadership Institutes (LLI) for administrators across the district. The LLIs focus on building the professional capacity of school leadership staff to develop their own competencies in research-based Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) practices, equipping school administrators to support their staff with SEL shifts that require buy-in, a mind-set of continued growth, and the knowledge, skills, and dispositions to strengthen relationships and adapt to the changing student needs, and fostering school equity and community centered around cultures of learning.
Join a network of educators who share your convictions about the importance of supporting the social emotional learning needs of students and the pursuit towards educational equity. To learn how you can bring any of these workshop series to your school or district contact Education Services at email@example.com.