SEL for Adults (SELA) 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q1: Which topics will be covered?

The first SELA course, Foundations in Social-Emotional Learning, will consist of three modules, one each about building trust, managing emotions, and achieving efficacy. Each module takes approximately three months to complete (nine months total).

Q2: How is the program structured?

Modules: The modules for the Foundations in Social-Emotional Learning course are Building Trust, Managing Emotions, and Achieving Efficacy. Each module contains three units: • Unit 1 (Self) focuses on building foundational knowledge and skills. • Unit 2 (Social) focuses on skill application with colleagues. • Unit 3 (Student) focuses on skill application with students. Individual Microlearnings: Each unit contains four to eight microlearnings. Microlearnings are short (5–10 minutes), highly focused, engaging learning experiences. They’re accessed online (mobile or desktop) and can be completed independently. You’ll be provided time during the work day to complete them. Learning communities: The last learning experience for each unit is a face-to-face learning community meeting. It’s the expectation that you'll complete all online microlearnings before the learning community meeting.

Q3: Who will have access to my online information?

You’ll have a personal login and password to access all learning content on the site. No one else will have access to your information.

Q4: What's my professional learning responsibility?

You’re invited and encouraged to participate and engage fully in the SEL for Adults program. This includes attending the scheduled learning community meeting for each unit and completing all the individual mircolearnings beforehand.

Q5: How often will we meet?

Your school’s leadership team will create and share a calendar of dates and timelines. Learning community meetings happen approximately once a month, at the end of each unit. Each meeting will take about 30 minutes. There also may be whole-staff meetings incorporated into the program.

Q6: What will we do at the learning community meetings?

Learning communities will meet at the end of each unit to discuss key concepts, share ideas, plan common practices, and monitor progress. Each learning community will need a facilitator to lead it. Facilitators are responsible for previewing the resources before the meeting. A facilitation guide and any materials required for the learning community meeting are available on the website.

Q7: What's the leadership team, and what will they do?

The leadership team consists of staff members who serve in various roles (administrators, counselors, etc.). They’ll collaborate on the schoolwide vision and outcomes for the SELA program and do their own learning along with the staff. They’ll meet periodically to identify ways to support staff learning, collect information from staff about progress, and share schoolwide data with the entire staff.

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