Introduction to Social Emotional Learning:

Building the Foundation

Professional Development


At a time when schools are seeing increasing trauma and social-emotional distress in students of all ages, creating a school and classroom culture that supports social emotion learning and health is an important part of supporting academic success.

Social-emotional learning (SEL) is among the key areas noted for attention by MA ESE. Academic and social-emotional skills and competencies are mutually reinforcing and point to the need to prepare all students for success by attending their social-emotional health and development. In this course, you will gain foundational knowledge of SEL and walk away with both a theoretical and practical understanding of this powerful topic transforming how they think about and work with students.

This workshop explores the following areas as they relate to Social-Emotional Learning: the role of identity in learning, executive functions, mindfulness, the power of motivation, biological foundations, cognitive processing, evidenced-based programs, and working with a high needs population. Participants will develop a deep theoretical and practical understanding of this powerful topic thereby transforming how they think about and work with students.

The following topics, as they pertain directly to SEL, will be explored in the course:

  • Biological foundations 
  • The role of identity and the power of motivation in learning
  • Executive functions 
  • Mindfulness
  • Evidence-based approaches
  • Working with student with high needs

Audience and Grade Level

Administrators, Curriculum Directors, Special Education Directors and teachers, Student Services Directors, Early Educators, Specialists and Teachers; Grades K-12.


45 PDPs will be awarded to participants upon completion of this online course, in addition to outside readings and assignments (as per ESE regulations). Note that these 45 PDPs will satisfy the Special Education-related requirement for recertification. 


Future training dates will be announced here. If you have questions or are interested in offering this training on-site, please contact us.


  • Audrey Morse photo

    Audrey Morse is a Curriculum and Instruction Specialist at the Collaborative for Educational Services, taught the 2018 and 2019 MA DESE Institute course Reaching and Teaching Students in Poverty in partnership with Lesley University.

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413.586.4900 x5981


A maximum class size is set for each course and registrations are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. If the number of registrations for a course exceeds the maximum seats available or is too low to be able to conduct a quality learning experience, CES will inform you of available options.

Course Cancellation

If you wish to cancel your registration, please submit a request in writing (via mail, email or fax) no later than 7 business days before the workshop’s start date. After that, there are no refunds or billing adjustments.

In the event that a course is cancelled by the Collaborative for Educational Services, we will notify you as soon as possible. Please be sure to provide your best email address and phone number so we can contact you. Although every effort is made to avoid last minute cancellations, if an emergency arises, we will do our best to reach you at the phone number and email address you provide. 

Inclement Weather

Any delays or cancellations are posted online at You may also call 413.588.5979 after 6:30am for information about classes that day.