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Equity Begins with Adult SEL

Educators are at the core of students’ educational experiences. If we truly want to create a future where we walk the talk of Equity and Social Justice, Adult SEL cannot be overlooked. Truly, this is where SEL begins.

Providing each and every child with a safe and supportive environment in which to learn and thrive begins with Adult SEL. Educators who have strong SEL skills can establish positive relationships, model appropriate SEL skills and importantly, mange stress and reduce burn-out. CASEL’s research is clear: Schools are more effective at teaching and reinforcing SEL for students when they also cultivate SEL competencies in adults. This calls on schools to focus on adults’ professional growth as educators as well as their own social and emotional learning (Jones et al., 2018).

As educators, we are asked to be sensitive to the trauma our students face by way of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs). What about the adults? Many adults come complete with their own ACEs. Additionally, as a caring profession, we are prone to compassion fatigue - educators are susceptible to secondary traumatic stress. This recognition requires us to be responsive and supportive to the adults in the system as well. If this thinking is aligned with yours, join us to explore tangible ways that your school/district can provide supports that help teachers to support themselves as they promote students’ SEL competence. You will leave this experiential session with the knowledge and skills to:

  • Define, explore and consider Adult SEL (for consistency)
  • Share strategies that promote what we aim to foster in students
  • Incorporate three ways to integrate SEL into Staff meetings & PLCs/Dept meetings
  • Find/align value in the system to establish boundaries and balance
  • Use and create opportunities for reflection, conversation & collaboration as you move forward
  • Make a difference in your life, the life of your colleagues and the life of your community

Audience: All Grade PK-12 Educators
Instructor: Sharon McCarthy, popular TMI-ENVISION SEL Specialist/Lead Consultant, ENVISION President, dynamic presenter and author.
Delivery Format: Virtual
Date/Times: October 7, 2021; 12pm-3pm (EST)

Cost: $159

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The TMI-ENVISION SEL Series: Ensuring Safe, Healthy and Equitable Learning Spaces

The past year has dramatically changed all aspects of our lives. We are more keenly aware than ever that our classrooms are integral to the health and well-being of our communities. The events of the past year have brought into sharp focus that the future of education lies at the recursive intersection of Trauma – inclusive of ACEs & Chronic Stress; Social Emotional Learning (SEL); and Equity & Social Justice. To be clear, the approaches in SEL support and help heal those with the ACEs that contribute to Trauma. However, SEL is only successful in systems where Equity is valued and present. Equity is only possible when compassionate members of the system check their power, privilege and implicit bias, which is accomplished through the SEL competencies and sub-competencies. As educators, we tend to believe that all humans deserve to thrive social, emotionally, cognitively, physically, emotionally and spiritually. We have the power to make the world – specifically our learning spaces – a better place – what would you like to do? What would you like to try?

The professional and personal development in the TMI-ENVISION SEL Series enhances your ability to turn your desires into reality. We think of this SEL Series as an integrated roadmap to create and maintain learning spaces where students feel – and – are safe, connected, supported and challenged. Each session contains the recursive threads of SEL, Equity and Healing Informed practices for Trauma. Take one, take two or take them all. Think of them as the vessel to hasten your journey to become the educator you are in your heart of hearts. All of our SEL Series programs are led by Sharon McCarthy, popular TMI-ENVISION SEL Specialist/Lead Consultant, ENVISION President dynamic presenter and author.


Payment Methods and Cancellation/Refund Policy: Payment can be made by purchase order (PO) or check to ChangeMaker, LLC. Please mail all correspondence, including purchase orders, checks and agreements to TMI Education – ChangeMaker PLC Division at PO Box 922, Madison, NJ 07940. If you are unable to attend a program for which you have registered, email the ChangeMaker PLC at [email protected] or call seven (7) days prior to the program to request a refund. No refunds will be granted unless notification is provided within this time frame. ChangeMaker reserves the right to cancel events for any reason, including inclement weather and instructor illness. If ChangeMaker makes the decision to cancel a workshop, we will use the EMAIL contact information you have provided to us to inform you. In addition, we will post the announcement of cancellation on the respective ChangeMaker website event page. If ChangeMaker cancels, participants will be provided a choice of:

  • a full refund;
  • transfer to another, upcoming workshop date and location (space permitting); or
  • credit toward a future workshop. (Please note that all credits expire one (1) year from the date that they are issued.)

Video-Recorded Virtual (Zoom) Sessions and Tips to Maintain your Privacy during a Recorded Session:  As an added value, all virtually-delivered programs are video recorded and accessible to our workshop registrants and Professional Learning Consortium Members subsequent to the session. Therefore, each virtually-delivered workshop and webinar will now have Zoom’s Recording Disclaimer enabled by default. With this feature, attendees will receive a notification when a recording starts or if they join a session that is already being recorded. The participant can then consent to stay in the session and be recorded or choose to leave the session altogether.

Tips to Maintain your Privacy during a Virtually-Delivered Session: Actively engaging in Zoom sessions is important. Participants may have concerns, however, of a Zoom session recording capturing their participation. Meeting hosts or instructors are taking steps to minimize this concern. In addition to the consent, participants can also use the following steps and features to take control of what is shared when a session is being recorded.

  • Change your participant name displayed in Zoom (e.g. only use your first name, replace your name)
  • Disable your video
  • Mute your audio
  • Do not communicate via the chat feature
  • Do not upload an identifiable profile photo

Please refer to Zoom’s Attendee Controls for more information on how to use these features.