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  • Questioning
  • Conversation
  • Feedback
  • Problem-solving
  • Modeling

Implementation fidelity is key to realizing the benefits of social emotional learning (SEL) programming and ensuring consistency across the organization. Careful attention must be given to the quality of implementation and the degree to which a program is delivered as designed. Coaching can be an effective tool to help ensure the integrity of SEL program implementation.

CPSEL can help schools, districts and organizations by providing explicit instruction, ongoing, detailed feedback regarding performance, and “in-the-moment” support to guide development of individuals or small groups.

Whether SEL programming is just beginning or has been taking place for years, CPSEL can help guide the process and offer feedback to help schools and organizations achieve the outcomes they envision.


  • Needs assessment
  • Program selection
  • Program, system and tool development
  • Planning and implementation
  • Data analysis and evaluation services

Social emotional learning programming provides educational leaders with an opportunity to transform organizational climate and improve relationships between students, staff and parents. SEL programming also enriches the lives of students by teaching skills that are important for lifelong success.

Planning is a critical component of effective implementation and requires leaders to understand the needs of the organization, how SEL fits in with existing programs and what next steps should be taken. CPSEL offers customized consulting services to support leaders through this planning process.

CPSEL can help schools, districts and organizations achieve a specific goal, address a unique problem or develop an action plan. Consulting services can be provided on a small scale or over multiple years to support leadership teams and build staff capacity to carry SEL work forward and realize lasting change.

Professional Development Courses

  • Onsite
  • Live virtual
  • On demand recording
  • Conferences
  • CE credits

Center for the Promotion of Social and Emotional Learning (CPSEL) offers a wide variety of specialized training, formal education and advanced professional learning intended to help administrators, teachers and other educators improve their professional knowledge, competence, skills and effectiveness. Most course offerings are eligible for continuing education credits.

Building Strong Educator-Student Relationships

Identify safe, inclusive and supportive approaches to improving the learning environment for students and staff. Discussion and examination of social and emotional learning practices to promote students’ sense of belonging, create predictable routines, and foster connection will provide participants with strategies to implement in schools and youth-serving agencies.

Coregulation and Connection: The Crucial Role of Adults in Children’s Self-Regulation

Calm, regulated adults are the most important factor in a child’s ability to learn how to understand and regulate their own emotions. Learn how to regulate and support your own emotional well-being, so you have the capacity to support the children in your care. Simply, learn to fill your own cup.

Cultivating Empathy to Facilitate Higher Achievement

Essential to human connection, empathy gives our relationships purpose and meaning. The ability to empathize is an important part of social and emotional development, affecting an individual’s behavior toward others and the quality of social relationships. Examine and cultivate your own empathy skills and receive activities to take back to practice and apply within the educational environment.

Enhancing Resilience Through a Trauma-informed SEL Model of Support

A trauma-informed social and emotional learning (SEL) model of support for youth and families creates a safe and reliable environment to respond to adversities and trauma and develop SEL skills to enhance resilience. Examine strategies to create predictable routines, build and maintain strong and supportive relationships, promote SEL skill development, support individual’s goals and efforts, and help youth feel seen, heard and empowered.

Families and Schools Collaborating for Student Success

Families and schools working collaboratively can increase children’s competence with emotional literacy, interpersonal relationships, growth mindset, and problem-solving toward improved academic achievement. Focus on engaging parents to become more active in their children’s education and social and emotional development. Discuss and practice strategies to foster social and emotional learning and increase youth resilience, so they are prepared with skills to thrive academically and in life.

Foundations of Social and Emotional Learning

Focus on Center for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning’s (CASEL) definition details of social and emotional learning, brain anatomy and research associated with psychological well-being, and how caring for our social and emotional competencies help guide us on our journeys towards being our best, actualized selves both in and out of the workplace.

Parent and Caregiver Support for Child Wellness and Academic Success

When schools, families and community groups collaborate to support learning, children enjoy school more and perform better academically. When those groups prioritize children’s and adults’ social and emotional learning (SEL), positive relationships are developed and enhanced. Explore the benefits of learning and practicing SEL, which helps children grow into healthy, caring, capable and responsible young adults.

Prioritizing Adult and Educator Self-care and Wellness

Self-care should be a given, a part of our lives that just occurs rather than having to try to fit it in. What it would be like if self-care was something we just did, normalized in our families, our workplaces, and our communities. Examine evidence-based strategies for prioritizing self-care.

Purposeful Youth Involvement to Promote Connection and Belonging

In education, student voice refers to the values, opinions, beliefs, perspectives and cultural backgrounds of individual students and groups of students in a school, and to instructional approaches based on student choices, interests, passions and ambitions (2013. The glossary of education reform.) Learn strategies to enhance and maintain communication and connection by providing opportunities for youth involvement. Together we will examine techniques for teaching social and emotional competencies and consider authentic adult-youth partnerships.

Strategies to Motivate and Engage Students for Wellness and Academic Success

Identify safe, inclusive and supportive approaches that destigmatize mental health challenges, improving the learning environment for students and staff. Discuss and examine social and emotional learning practices to promote students’ sense of belonging, create predictable routines, and foster connection. Gain strategies to implement in schools and youth-serving agencies.

Suicide Awareness and Prevention, Youth Mental Health (Pennsylvania Youth Survey data)

Lifelines™ is a comprehensive program that helps school communities prevent and respond to adolescent suicide and other traumatic death. Focus on school response with practical and specific guidelines, address the developmental needs of elementary, middle and high school students, target identified needs of competent community members, and align with best practices in comprehensive safe schools planning. This training meets Act 71 requirements.

Supporting Student Mental Health in the Out-of-School Time Environment

Champions of social and emotional learning (SEL) highlight research showing the benefits of incorporating SEL practices into K–12 education. However, SEL should also be an integral part of out-of-school time (OST) learning, especially as students continue to process the mental and emotional impact of a year of learning unlike any other. Explore how OST programs can utilize their platforms to best support young people’s cognitive, behavioral and emotional health to help them achieve more favorable outcomes.

The Stories We Share: Building Connections through Early Literacy

Shared reading allows children to connect with the reader and feel empowered. Explore approaches for dialoguing with children while reading which fosters oral language, vocabulary comprehension and emergent literacy skills. Learn techniques for creating deeper social and emotional learning experiences for children by asking children how characters might feel, how they might feel in a similar situation, and helping children make connections between stories they are reading and real-life events.