Online Support and Training for Teachers for a Whole Year
Elementary students looking at teacher, over shoulder view
Week to week, step by step, online guidance and support for teachers in teaching, modeling, and integrating SEL into a classroom in minutes a day.
Are you feeling overwhelmed and stressed with students’ behavior, lack of attention, and mental health issues like anxiety and depression. Do you want to support your students in just minutes a day?
The most important part of any social emotional learning (SEL) program is the teacher–not the curriculum, however teachers can struggle with this challenge. Why is this?
Most teachers didn’t grow up with SEL in schools which they attended when they were young, and teacher education programs haven’t offered SEL training classes or information about the brain and nervous system.
Teachers usually don’t receive ongoing support and training in teaching and modeling social emotional learning, and it can be scary and uncomfortable to deal with their emotions. Teachers also don’t receive support to develop their own social emotional intelligence.
One of the most powerful places to work on mental health is in the classroom. When teachers incorporate SEL into their classrooms, behavior issues go down and attention, focus, and academic performance increase. SEL can have a profound effect on mental health, trauma, stress, equity, and academic performance.
There is a high probability that SEL in schools or classrooms will plateau or fail. I have been working with SEL in schools for 38 years. and I have learned what it takes for SEL to grow and prosper in a classroom and school.
Is this course for you?
This course is for you if you are.…
- Wanting to support your K-8 grade students’ mental health with SEL in just minutes a day.
- Challenged by the social emotional issues of your students and are unsure how to help them.
- Overwhelmed by the demands and stress of teaching and thinking of getting of out of teaching
- Wanting to grow socially and emotionally in a very simple, day to day way with the support of veteran SEL coach, teacher, and social worker.
- Needing an SEL curriculum with lessons that can be completed in 10-15 minutes 4x week and can be easily incorporated into the daily educational day.
- Interested in being trained and supported on a weekly basis through online year long class and monthly live meetings.
- Curious how to support your students in learning to manage their emotions, sit still, focus, and get along with each other.
- Triggered by your students’ emotions and behavior and finding it difficult to deal with your own emotions
- Feeling alone and isolated in your school and not safe enough to share your emotions with anyone
- Interested in an SEL curriculum that is brain based and incorporates cutting edge neuroscience and neurobiology.
- Want to learn quick, easy ways to integrate SEL into your daily teaching.
What will you receive?
You will receive…
- A teacher edition of the In Focus SEL Curriculum – 36 weeks of 10-15 minute daily lessons that are easy to fit into a busy school schedule.
- Access to the In Focus appendix that is online and can be projected on the screen
- Brief, weekly support tips and videos that you guide and support you in doing the daily lessons and in integrating the skills into all academic subjects
- Weekly prompts for reflection in journaling
- Monthly live support to receive support, ask questions, and connect with other educators using curriculum and doing the training.
What will you need to do?
You will need to…
- Watch and read the weekly tips and ideas delivered to your email
- Practice the weekly skill or focus of reflection
- Take time to self-reflect and write briefly in a journal on a daily basis
- Be consistent with doing the 10-15 minute In Focus lessons with your students
- Participate in monthly live, one hour, coaching and support sessions or listen to the recordings. These are optional, but you strongly encouraged to join the coaching sessions.
What are the benefits of participating in this SEL course and doing the In Focus lessons?
The benefits to you will be…
- Learning simple, quick ways to integrate SEL into academic teaching
- Learning how to create an emotionally safe classroom where you and your students can be vulnerable, real, and connected.
- Developing new ways to manage unhealthy stress and take good care of yourself while teaching.
- Identify, manage, express emotions constructively
- Grow in your ability to self-reflect as a way to increase your self-awareness
- Gain the ability to effectively deal with your emotional triggers and use them to understand your emotional pain and heal it.
- Understand the social emotional brain and how it connects to SEL
- Understand the nervous system, both the sympathetic and parasympathetic branches, and how to regulate it.
- Learn quick calming and movement techniques to regulate and balance your nervous system.
- Know your students’ and your own areas of strength
- Prevent bullying in school
- Understand conflict and how to deal with it effectively
- Understand trauma and how SEL can be of support in dealing with student and teacher trauma
- Develop new skills and abilities to work cooperatively on a team and share your strengths and gifts
- K-8 Grade teacher
- Motivated to learn and grow in teaching and modeling SEL
- Seeking step by step guidance and support from a teacher and social worker who has been working with SEL in schools for 38 years.
When: Watch this course at your convenience (you’ll have lifetime access! – this course doesn’t expire!)
Instructor: Tom McSheehy MSW, LSW
Tom McSheehy taught elementary and middle school for 21 years and has been a licensed social worker / family therapist for 28 years. He has worked with SEL in schools for 38 years and has been an SEL presenter and coach for 25 years.
Tom has learned the critical factors necessary for SEL to succeed and flourish in a classroom, school, or school district. Besides a good SEL curriculum, the most important factor is ongoing support and training for teachers.
Tom is the author of the SEL teacher book, In Focus:Improving Social Emotional Intelligence, One Day at a Time.
“Through my 21 years of teaching elementary and middle school and my 28 years as licensed social worker, I taken all my SEL experience in schools and have developed an unique and effective model of SEL. Teachers are loving In Focus because it is focused on daily consistency, quick lessons, brain-based sequence of lessons, integration into other subjects, and the emphasis on supporting teachers’ development of SEL.”
Evidenced-based Research Results of the Effectiveness of the In Focus SEL Curriculum:
My In Focus SEL curriculum is being across the United States in over 115 school districts and is positively impacting the mental health of over 100,000 students.
- 82% reduction in fighting
- 67% reduction in harassment and offensive language
- 54% reduction in behavior referrals to the office
- 33% reduction in bullying
- 55% increase in attendance
*Evidence-based research conducted at Eberhart Elementary (Chicago Public Schools) and Timberline K-8 (Longmont, CO) in 2017-18. Both schools are 90% low-income.
Training / Support Details:
During the program (with the exception of December and January), there will be a monthly meeting via live webinar (1 1/2 hr) to share new information, answer questions, give support, or have a discussion.
Mandatory Book: Please choose the book you would like to order with this course during checkout.
View a Sample Lesson from the In Focus SEL Curriculum:
K-2 Grade Teacher Book
3-5 Grade Teacher Book
6-8 Grade Teacher Book
Fees are non-refundable, but are transferable to other courses. If you are dissatisfied with the course, you may request a transfer of funds to another course.