What’s in YOUR Toolbox?

 In Climate, Leadership Development, Principal Programs, Professional Development Opportunities

We’ve all heard stories of those who handled situations and, upon reflection, regretted their actions. In most cases, each of us can think of a time that our emotions got the better of us and we were faced with a situation we didn’t handle well. In this age of Social Emotional Learning being a topic of so many conversations, we are faced with two options. One, we can remain the same; doing the same things we’ve always done, and getting the same results we’ve always gotten. Two, change our mindset and our actions so that they are relevant to the situations we are currently presented with.

Over the past two weeks, Dr. Brandie Oliver, Susan Phelps, Eric Gilpin, Michael Cox, and Jon Guthrie presented a Social & Emotional Learning Showcase across the state of Indiana. During these presentations, they were able to spotlight several strategies to help address the needs of our students, but also to address the needs of the adults who care for them. It is extremely important for us to ensure that the adults working with students are truly engaged and working on a changed mindset themselves. Times are changing and so are the needs of society, including our students and our staff. As school leaders, it’s so very important to model these beliefs and behaviors with our staff, as well as with our students.

Dr. Brandie Oliver authored the Social Emotional Learning Toolkit. In this robust resource, you will find information on SEL, research to support her findings, best practices, implementation strategies, and much more! If you weren’t sure where to find what you were looking for, then look no further. THIS is the resource you have been waiting for.

In addition to the Toolkit, you can find so many great resources for educators on the IDOE page for Social, Emotional and Behavioral Awareness. It’s your one-stop-shop for all things SEL.

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