Social Emotional Learning

Rethink Ed SEL Professional Learning Topics
Awareness of Self and Others

Increases knowledge and understanding of one’s own strengths, feelings, needs, and weaknesses, to better solve problems, make decisions, and to grow and change in all areas of one’s life

Promotes the building of one’s emotional intelligence, which is the application of a set of skills that help us identify, understand and manage emotions to effectively achieve goals and to live satisfying lives

Wants and Needs
Shows how to distinguish between what we want versus what we need and provides strategies for identifying our needs and how to meet those needs

Promotes greater understanding of the role one’s values play in life and work outcomes, as well provides strategies on how to live a value-driven life to achieve greater success and happiness

Learning Skills
Provides strategies on how to learn effectively and addresses areas such as focus, motivation and identifying and achieving one’s learning goals

Growth Mindset
Explores the theory that one’s underlying beliefs about learning and intelligence is impactful to their learning experience, and provides strategies on how to adopt a positive growth mindset to maximize success in all areas of life


Discusses self-control and the ability to regulate one’s feelings, thoughts, and behaviors in order achieve one’s goals. Explains the concept of delayed gratification and provides strategies on how to improve self-control

Provides practical strategies for how to better manage both internal and external distractions, increase our level of focus and reap the benefits that come with the ability to stay focused, in all areas of life

Goal Setting
Introduces the concept of implementation intentions and its effect on goal achievement. Provides strategies on how to set SMART goals effectively for both the individual and the team

Problem Solving
Details the steps to effective problem solving, such as identifying the problem, thinking of and evaluating solutions, and selecting a solution and implementing it

Provides a greater understanding about resilience and how to better recover from setbacks and adversity by using and accessing resources that can help us respond to adversity and trauma in healthy ways

Social Skills

Discusses the similarity and differences between fairness and equality, and the factors that contribute to unfair treatment. Provides ways and suggestions on how we can enact fairness in all areas of our lives

Describes the roles that inclusiveness and status play in demonstrating respect and provides ways in which one can use social and communication skills, as well as our understanding of an organizational structure, to promote respectful behavior

Talks about the characteristics of a quality friendship and the role friendship plays in our well-being, and discusses different approaches for developing social skills to build and maintain friendships

Introduces the Attraction Theory of how people are most attracted to others who share similar attitudes and provides strategies on how practicing self-awareness, balance and effective communication can help build healthy and fulfilling relationships

Promotes greater understanding of one of the key aspects to cooperative behavior—creating positive interdependence, provides nine effective ways to structure positive interdependence

Conflict Resolution
Explores the theory that one’s underlying beliefs about learning and intelligence is impactful to their learning experience, and provides strategies on how to adopt a positive growth mindset to maximize success in all areas of life

Social Awareness

Cultural Competence
Provides strategies for how we can recognize our own biases and learn to interact and engage with people from different cultures

Designed to promote a greater understanding of what empathy is, the benefits of having empathy, and the four main threats to our ability to treat others with empathy. Provides strategies on how we can change our feelings, thoughts and behavior to build our sense of empathy

Safe and Ethical Behavior
Focuses on the topic of bullying, in the context of safe and ethical behavior, and describes how to determine if bullying is taking place and effective ways to prevent and respond to bullying

Support Systems
Describes what a support system is, why it is important, and ways to identify and build an effective support system made up of people who we can turn to in times of need

Social Contributions
Defines social contribution as doing something directly to help your family, community, and world, and provides practical steps on how we can learn to make meaningful social contributions, as well as how to teach our children to do so

Actions & Consequences
Talks about the role emotions play in our actions, and how we can make conscious choices about our actions, so we get the consequences that we want, rather than reacting with a flight-or-flight response


Talks about how we can bring intentional and careful awareness to the present, with as little judgment as possible, and provides mindfulness- based practices that have positive effects on our psychological and physiological health

Discusses how one’s beliefs in his or her ability
to reach a goal can mean the difference between achieving success or failure and gives effective strategies for increasing one’s level of self-efficacy

Looks at how optimism is a mindset and a choice and provides 8 simple tips for learning how to see ourselves, the people around us, and the situations we are in, in the most favorable way possible

Focuses on the intentional practice of bringing kindness, appreciation and gratitude to ourselves, and shows us how we can increase our level
of self-compassion

Talks about how one can stand up for oneself, speak up and communicate one’s needs, and make informed decisions about the supports necessary to meet those needs

Healthy Boundaries
Provides a greater understanding of the importance of identifying, making and evaluating choices about one’s own social, emotional and physical health and safety, and ways to establish and maintain healthy boundaries

SEL & Equity

Culturally Responsive Teaching
This module will talk about how SEL is most effective when taught in a culturally responsive way and provide strategies on how to make any SEL lesson culturally relevant for your classroom

Addressing Injustice
This module discusses teaching students to recognize injustices in current and historical contexts and using SEL skills to effectively address inequities in their schools and communities

Leveraging SEL to Promote Equity
This module identifies factors that impede educational equity such as implicit biases
and inequitable practices and discusses how implementing SEL for both educators and students can promote inclusiveness and equity.

The Impact of Implicit Biases on Educational Equity
This module explores how the implicit biases of educators and students can affect equity and provides strategies for increasing awareness and decreasing these biases.