SEL & Trauma-Sensitive
Practices in the COVID-19 Era
SEL & Trauma-Sensitive Practices in the COVID-19 Era
As educators, you know that students will struggle to learn if they don’t feel safe, known, and cared about. How do you begin, and continue to, help students heal, learn, and thrive, especially in this new era? What can you do to create environments designed to help students grow emotionally and academically?
Join CLS for 3 days of webinars by outstanding educators! Explore best practices for creating trauma-sensitive environments and improved climate and culture for students, teachers, and administrators alike.
Get access to the recordings of all 6 webinars for only $75
(A savings of $20 over purchasing sessions individually)
You can purchase individual webinars or all 6 using the link above.
(1 hour sessions $10 each - 1 1/2 hour sessions $25 each)
Free Opening Session
Building Sustainable Pathways Towards an Inclusive and Mindful Culture
Presented by Ken Shelton
Among the many factors that play a role in our experiences being seen, being heard, and being included are critical to those. School is no different as these are aligned with some of our basic needs. Yet, how often do we look at our own habits of mind and cultural norms to ensure that we are mindful of our actions/interactions and ensure we are truly being inclusive and mindful? In this interactive session, we will take a macro perspective on school culture and develop strategies for consistent examination on our habits of mind and culture norms. We will look at the norms that can lead to a lack of inclusion and how we can make mindfulness a norm instead. Participants will be taken through design and problem-based protocols that will serve as the basis for sustainable restorative practices as well as be the catalyst for developing a sustainably inclusive culture.
Originally recorded: Tuesday, May 19 | 9:00-10:00am
Taking Time to B.R.E.A.T.H.E: Strategies for Strengthening Personal and Professional Resilience
Presented by Dr. Joelle Hood
Let’s face it. Life is full of change and uncertainty right now which has led to an increase in stress for all of us. When students and staff experience chronic stress, it can negatively impact their motivation, performance, and well-being, which can then affect the morale and climate of the home, the classroom, the staff room, the organization, and the community. There couldn’t be a more important time to focus on strengthening our well-being and resilience than right now.
Participants in this engaging workshop will walk away with simple research-based practices from the fields of Mindfulness, Positive Psychology, Emotional Intelligence, and Social Psychology, that they can utilize with themselves, their teams, and their students to reduce stress and anxiety, improve attention and performance, and strengthen overall physical and psychological well-being. This transformational learning session provides an easy framework to give staff the understanding, motivation, and practices needed to work on becoming better humans, better educators, better leaders and better organizations.
R=Reflect on purpose
E=Engage in self-compassion,
A=Attention of purpose (mindfulness),
T=Thankfulness-an attitude of gratitude,
H=Harness your thoughts, and
Originally recorded: Tuesday, May 19 | 2:00-3:30pm
What I Wish My Teacher Knew: A Strengths-Based Approach to Creating A Trauma-Sensitive Classroom
Presented by Jessie Fuller
Co-Founder and Lead Learning Coach, Thriving YOUniversity; A California League of Schools' Teacher of the Year
This is a challenging time for everyone and, as educators, we are concerned about our
students for a number of different reasons, a primary one being their physical and
emotional well-being. We know that trauma impacts students’ behavior, engagement, and
academic readiness. Over the past several years, trauma sensitive practices have offered a
way to support our students experiencing adversity. The foundation that trauma-informed
care is built upon, as outlined by Psychologist Howard Bath, is safety, connection, and
emotional regulation, and these can still be offered right now in a virtual capacity. This
informative, engaging, and experiential workshop will guide participants to seek solutions
and build relationships and routines that will support student learning in an online
In this transformational workshop, participants will:
Understand the impact of trauma on the developing brain and how students learn
Identify behaviors and learning challenges that may come as a result of trauma
Learn strategies to sustain strong relationships, create safe routines, and increase
emotional regulation to support students as they learn in a virtual capacity
Address secondary trauma by cultivating sustainable self-care practices that allow
educators and students to flourish
Originally recorded: Thursday, May 21 | 9:00-10:30am
Trauma-Informed Education: Responding to COVID 19
Presented by Sarah Slemmons and Jeanine Lizotte
Two Blondes Counseling
This session will cover the basic scientific reasoning on human's ability to learn, starting the discussion for school-wide structures for both your staff and students, with a focus on social-emotional learning and supports for the COVID era.
Originally recorded: Thursday, May 21 | 2:00-3:00pm
Blended and Online Lesson Design Hacks Supporting SEL
Presented by Crystal Villegas
Elementary School Teacher, Compass Charter Schools
In this session you will become familiar with CASEL's SEL competencies and learn to embed them seamlessly into your blended and online lesson design across all core subjects. You will see how to leverage free technology tools such as Peardeck, Thrively, various mindfulness resources, digital eduprotocols and more to incorporate into various lesson components such as hooks, modeling, guided and independent practice, and formative assessment choices.
Originally recorded: Wednesday, May 27 | 9:00-10:00am
Building Belonging and Cultivating Connection So That All Staff and Students Can THRIVE
Presented by Thriving YOUniversity
We are in a new normal of physical distancing, and that just means our social connections
are more important than ever! Research shows that strong social connections and sense
of belonging strengthen our immune system, lower anxiety and depression, and even
help us live longer. Additionally, people who feel connected are more empathetic,
trusting, and cooperative. This engaging and interactive virtual session will provide
participants with strategies and structures that they can use right now to continue to
cultivate and sustain connection with students during distance learning . These same
practices can be used to support belonging and morale in online staff meetings and
Originally recorded: Wednesday, May 27 | 2:00-3:30pm