Social Emotional Learning

Professional Development
Graduate Credits: 
Offered by: 
Professional Development


Academic and social-emotional skills and competencies are mutually reinforcing. Thus, preparing all students for success must include attending to their social emotional and health development. SEL is among the key areas noted for attention in the draft Massachusetts ESSA Plan, and you can gain a foundational knowledge of social emotional learning and how it intersects with and strengthens your work in the classroom with this online course (with four face-to-face sessions), providing insight and understanding of social emotional learning issues.

This 3-credit course explores the wide range of issues relating to social-emotional learning (SEL), and includes:

  • Biological foundations and the connection of the social-emotional system to cognitive processing
  • The role of identity and the power of motivation in learning
  • Executive functions and SEL 
  • SEL and mindfulness work
  • SEL and content learning (math, ELA, social studies)
  • SEL and English learners
  • SEL and Special Education

This is a hybrid on-line course with four 4.5-hour face-to-face Saturday sessions. Participants will develop a deep theoretical as well as practical understanding of this powerful topic and how it can transform their work with students.

Audience and Grade Level

Teachers, Grades K - 12


67.5 PDPs or 3 graduate credits will be awarded to participants upon completion of this online course and four face-to-face sessions, in addition to outside readings and assignments (as per ESE regulations). Graduate credit is available through Fitchburg State University at an additional cost of $335. Graduate credit registration and payment occurs at the first section meeting, and payment can be made by credit card or check at that time.


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 is a Curriculum and Instruction Specialist at the Collaborative for Educational Services. She has an extensive background in speech and language pathology, early language and literacy development, and ESL, in both education and clinical settings.She earned her M.S. from Purdue University, and her B.S. from Boston University.

For more information, contact:
Events Coordinator
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.