Social-Emotional Learning: Laying the Groundwork for Implementation

Professional Development
Offered by: 
Early Childhood
Professional DevelopmentEnglish Language Learners
Special Education


This course explores the following areas as they relate to social-emotional learning (SEL):

  • 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.

Please note this course requires the use of two books:

  1. Emotions, Learning, and the Brain: Exploring the Educational Implications of Affective Neuroscience (The Norton Series on the Social Neuroscience of Education) by Mary Helen Immordino-Yang
  2. Culturally Responsive Teaching and the Brain: Promoting Authentic Engagement and Rigor Among Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students by Zaretta Hammond

Audience and Grade Level

Teachers, Early Educators, Specialists; Grades K-12


45 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 satisfy the ELL or Special Education-related requirement for recertification. 

Date and Location

This training is fully online and will take place from October17, 2019 through January 9, 2020.

There are four scheduled online sessions participants are required to virtually attend:

  • October 17, 2019 from 4:30pm - 6:00pm
  • November 14, 2019 from 4:30pm - 6:00pm
  • December 12, 2019 from 4:30pm - 6:00pm
  • January 9, 2019 from 4:30pm - 6:00pm

Cost and Registration

The cost of the workshop is $610 for member districts and $730 for non-member districts. 

Registration Deadline: October 3


  • 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.