Social-Emotional Learning: Fundamental Concepts

Professional Development


We are living in a time of unprecedented uncertainty, a time that has the potential to directly impact the social-emotional functioning of both ourselves as caring adults and that of our students. How can we better understand fundamental definitions of social-emotional learning (SEL) as a way to brainstorm and implement evidence-based practices that build well-being, resilience and learning readiness in ourselves and in our students now and into the future? How can neuroscience and behavioral research help us recognize the nature of challenging behaviors with an eye towards preventing and/or reducing them, working effectively with them when they arise, and ultimately replacing them with prosocial behavior? We will investigate these and other questions in our time together in this course.

The following will be explored:

  • Principles of social-emotional learning (SEL) as expressed by the Center for Academic, Social, Emotional Learning (CASEL)
  • Self-care as a critical factor in working with children and youth
  • MA System of Tiered Supports: implications for SEL
  • Promising and/or evidenced-based approaches to SEL 
  • Understanding the science of stress and trauma and its impact on learning readiness 
  • Working  effectively with challenging behaviors

Audience and Grade Level

Teachers; Grades K-12


10 PDPs will be awarded to participants upon completion of this training, in addition to outside assignments (as per DESE regulations). Note that these PDPs will apply toward 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.

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. Or for Early Childhood Professional Development information, please call 413.588.5570.