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SEL Summer 2020 Training
SEL Academy
  • Sunset High School Students

  • SEL in Action- YouTube Playlist

  •  Heart

  • SEL Day Challenge

  • SEL Student Summit Highlights

  • Engaging Parents with Calming Strategies- Univision

  • Spring 2020 Training

  • SEL Student Leadership Summit

  • Fall 2019 Training

  • SEL Campus Indicators for Parents and Caregivers

  • Mindfulness Journal Templates

  •             SEL Integration Approach

  • Integrating SEL Throughout the School Day



    Summer 2020 Online Training [May 2020]

    Our SEL Team will offer multiple online sessions this June, covering self-care and other relevant SEL implementation considerations. Download our flyer and visit Sched to reserve your spot!










    2020-21 Campus Initiative Professional Development Options [May 2020]

    During the upcoming school year, our department will offer an SEL Academya series of three “trainer of trainers” (TOT) sessions to introduce foundational SEL concepts and implementation strategies.  We are also partnering with STEM- Health and Wellness to co-lead the Body, Heart, and Mind Series.

    Note that only Principals will make final decisions about these PD options for their campuses. Please complete the registration form by May 29, 2020.








    Celebrating Sunset High School's SEL Implementation [April 2020]

    Education Week has published an article, Striving for a High School Where No One Feels Alone, to highlight Sunset High School's efforts in implementing SEL practices and guiding students through building positive relationships, managing emotions, and responsible decision-making.   

    Read the article to learn more and congratulations to Sunset High School!




    SEL in Action: Our Playlist [April 2020]

    Check out our SEL in Action playlist on Youtube and learn about mindfulness, developing gratitude, and other SEL skills!



    SEL At-Home Learning Resources / Recursos de aprendizaje social y emocional en casa [March 2020]

    Visit Dallas ISD's At Home Learning website for SEL resources for students and families (available in both English and Spanish).

    Visite el sitio de web de Dallas ISD, Planes de aprendizaje en casa, para recursos de aprendizaje social y emocional para estudiantes y familias (disponible en español e inglés)


    Celebrating International SEL Day [March 2020]

    To celebrate International SEL Day on March 27th, students and staff members can take our Department SEL Day Challenge (available in English / disponible en español) on March 27th! 

    The goals of International SEL Day are to raise awareness of social and emotional learning, bring in new stakeholders, and celebrate the ways that SEL currently happens in our community!




    SEL Student Summit Highlights [January 2020]

    Our department hosted an SEL Student Leadership Summit at the Dallas Arboretum on Friday, December 20th. Students participated in sessions around understanding their identity, using their voice, and contributing to their campus communities.

    Click here to watch a highlight video of the day and hear from our student participants!



    Engaging Parents with Calming Strategies [January 2020]

    Univision recently attended a Dallas ISD parent engagement training session, where our SEL Coordinators provided an overview of SEL and examples of calming strategies for families. Click here to watch the video (content in Spanish)!






    Spring 2020 SEL Training [January 2020]

    Earn PD credit with our SEL team this spring and check out our upcoming training options!  Remember to register in Cornerstone.










    SEL Student Leadership Summit [December 2019]

    Our SEL team will host our first-ever Student Leadership Summit on Friday, December 20th at the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden.  We are inviting campus teams of up to 5 students and 1 adult staff member from Dallas ISD high schools and middle schools to participate. 


    For more information, download our flyer, and to register your campus team, click here









    Fall 2019 SEL Training [September 2019]

    Earn PD credit with our SEL team this fall and check out our upcoming training options!  Remember to register in Cornerstone.









    Resource: SEL Campus Indicators for Parents and Caregivers [August 2019]

    See a suggested list of SEL practices and approaches to "look for" the next time that parents / caregivers visit their child's campus.  Thanks to the STEM department for creating a great resource!







    Resource: Mindfulness Journal Templates [August 2019]

    Shannon Kline and Venesa Sokolovic have designed printable mindfulness journal templates for primary and elementary students:







    Resource: Transforming Education's SEL Integration Approach [July 2019]

    A brief handout with guidance for intentional SEL integration with content areas including modeling, practice opportunities, and teachable moments










    Graphic: Integrating SEL Throughout the School Day [July 2019]

    From Learning Policy Institute, see a graphic describing multiple opportunities for SEL skill development during a typical school day




  • 2018-19


    The Hub: "SEL Practices Credited for Big Improvement in Middle School's Culture and Climate"  [May 2019]

    SEL Academy: Summer 2019 Professional Development Sessions [April 2019]

    Earn your Future of Learning or Choice PD credits at our SEL Academy this summer!

    • The SEL Academy is scheduled for Monday, June 10th - Thursday, June 13th
    • All Academy sessions will be located at D.A. Hulcy STEAM Middle School
    • Primary Academy themes include: SEL implementation, self-care and mindfulness, and trauma-informed care
    • Visit Cornerstone to review session descriptions and register (starting on May 20th)!

    Resource: Mindfulness / Meditation Apps [March 2019]

    Piedmont Healthcare created a one-pager document with information on different Mindfulness and Meditation apps, including app details, potential costs, and availability.

    Resource: Narwhals and Waterfalls [March 2019]

    Narwhals and Waterfalls is a Dallas-based duo that writes and performs original music, focused on social and emotional learning.  Two of their songs, The Breathing Song and The Mood Song are great examples of SEL strategies integrated into music and performance.  Thanks to N&W for their fabulous work!

    Spring 2019 Training: Student Engagement [January - February 2019]

    Our Student Engagement team will offer our Building Positive Classrooms Systems and Educator Self-Care training sessions at a variety of times and campus locations this spring semester. Visit Cornerstone to see session details and register.  

    Introducing SEL Learning Standards [September 2018]

    Our team is excited to introduce our SEL learning standards, which articulate specific learning objectives for what we want our students and adults to know and do within each SEL competency.  Teachers and instructional staff can use these standards as a guide for facilitating SEL skill development and identifying progress within each competency.   

     Fall 2018 Training: Student Engagement [September - November 2018]

    Our Student Engagement team will offer abbreviated 2-hour versions of two summer training sessions, Building Positive Classroom Systems and Culturally Responsive Teaching, this fall on the following dates:

    • Wednesday, September 12th
    • Wednesday, October 3rd
    • Tuesday, October 23rd
    • Thursday, November 15th

    All sessions are scheduled for 4-6PM at the Dr. H.B. Bell School Support Service Center (2909 N. Buckner Blvd).  Please register in Cornerstone to confirm your spot! 

    Welcome to the 2018-19 school year! [August 21, 2018]

    Our Student Engagement team would like to welcome all of our partner campuses back to school and wish them a great year!  Read our team's welcome message with helpful strategies and reminders, and remember to reach out to your campus's Student Engagement Coordinator for additional questions (click here to see our list of partner campuses and Coordinator assignments).

    Dallas ISD Campus Staff News: Social and Emotional Learning training helps teachers 'focus on the whole child' [June 2018]

    Summer 2018 Professional Development Sessions [June - July 2018] 

    The Student Engagement & Counseling Services Department will offer a range of training sessions for Dallas ISD staff through the district's Summer Institute (June - July).  

    SEL Leadership Institute [June 2018] 

    Our team hosted a two-day Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) Leadership Institute to orient campus teams on the importance of SEL as well as provide training on how to implement SEL practices and approaches on their campus next year.  We had over 400 daily participants, representing over 100 Dallas ISD schools!