This school year, made possible via the Partnerships for Social and Emotional Learning Initiative (PSELI) Boston, Boston After School & Beyond (BASB) is launching the BASB Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) Circle. The “SEL Circle” is a space for our program partners to engage in learning and best practice sharing around social and emotional skill development, build their own social and emotional skills as youth workers and educators, explore the evolving landscape of SEL in Boston, and support each other as practitioners of SEL. All activities in the SEL Circle are meant to supplement the intensive, differentiated work happening at targeted schools and community programs in PSELI Boston, with opportunities for all of our stakeholders to engage in learning of SEL content and connection with local area SEL professionals.
Based on PSELI Boston’s Portrait of a Social-Emotional Learner, content in the SEL Circle will focus on interpersonal, intrapersonal, and applied skill development. This year’s activities will focus heavily on building interpersonal skills in both young people and adults, as well a building adult capacity to facilitate SEL. We will dive deep into the specific interpersonal skill of social awareness, which will be the topic of our kick-off event on October 29th.
2018-2019 SEL Circle Calendar
Monday, October 29, 2018
8:30am – 2:00pm
District Hall, 75 Northern Ave, Boston, MA 02210
C. Payal Sharma, Racial Equity Diversity Consultant
Jamaal Williams, School Support Coach, The PEAR Institute
Bloodine Barthelus, Senior District Advisor, CASEL (Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning)
This workshop will kick-off our SEL Circle events for the school year, as well as dive deep into the interpersonal skill of social awareness. Participants will:
- Learn historical context of how the SEL skill of social awareness has been defined and cultivated in young people
- Explore the varying social dynamics and systems in relation to power, privilege, and racial equity present and prevalent in our communities
- Explore why and how self-awareness is key to being socially aware
- Engage in discussion around how and why social awareness is connected to being true SEL champions for the young people and greater communities we serve
A series facilitated by C. Payal Sharma, Racial Equity Diversity Consultant
November 2018 – January 2019
The Racial Equity & You series is designed as a cumulative series, with each workshop building on the next, including sample readings and reflections throughout the months. Participants are required to attend all three sessions.[1/3] Racial Equity & You: Reflections, Identity, and Development
EITHER: Wednesday, November 14 (5:30-8:30 pm) at More Than Words, 242 East Berkeley St., or Saturday, November 17 (9:30 am -12:30 pm) at the Nonprofit Center, 89 South St.
Participants will spend time reflecting on their identities, backgrounds, and experiences around racism, and build connections with other participants. Through the Racial Identity Development framework, participants will explore their own stage in development, and continue the work of unpacking how their own identities can impact their environments. [2/3] Racial Equity & You: Frameworks, Knowledge, and Microaggressions
EITHER: Wednesday, December 12 (5:30-8:30 pm) at More Than Words, 242 East Berkeley St., or Saturday, December 15 (9:30 am -12:30 pm) at Oficio Fenway, 136 Brookline Ave.
Using various racism frameworks, knowledge, and theory, participants will continue to apply new learning to themselves and their development as anti-racist practitioners. While exploring racial microaggressions and their impact, participants will practice addressing and interrupting them, and gain tools to mitigate them in their workplaces and classrooms. [3/3] Racial Equity & You: Individual Action – Tools and Practice
EITHER: Wednesday, January 9 (5:30-8:30 pm) at the Nonprofit Center, 89 South St., or Saturday, January 12 (9:30 am-12:30 pm) at Oficio Fenway, 136 Brookline Ave.
Participants will explore specific and common ways racism shows up for young people, and learn strategies to address and disrupt inequities. Building on the prior two sessions, participants will build a personal blueprint for their continued learning and growth.
Thursday & Friday, November 29-30, 2018
9:00am – 4:00pm
Roxbury Innovation Center, 2300 Washington St., Roxbury, MA
Facilitated by: Suffolk University’s Center for Restorative Justice
This two-day experiential training prepares participants to design and facilitate restorative circles. Participants will directly experience circles; understand the elements, philosophy, and rituals of the circles; and practice both planning and facilitation of circles. Circles are a structured form of dialogue based on indigenous values and principles. Circles foster a sense of community based on mutual respect with broad applications in many different contexts. This workshop will introduce the fundamental principles of restorative justice and prepare participants to use talking circles within their own context, with particular focus on school and education settings. Includes: Circle Forward and Massachusetts PDP’s (14 hours)
Wednesday, December 5, 2018
8:30am – 11:30am
District Hall, 75 Northern Ave, Boston, MA 02210
Facilitated by: 1647 Families
Recommended for Organizational and Program Leadership
This workshop will cover the foundations of family engagement theory and best practices and will build leadership teams’ capacity to embed family engagement practices into programming and support their staff in building partnerships with families. Each team will work together to create an implementation plan to strengthen family engagement at their sites with feedback and coaching from the 1647 team of experienced parents, educators, and youth development professionals.
Friday, December 7, 2018
8:30am – 12:30pm
More Than Words, 242 East Berkeley St.
Facilitated by: Edgework Consulting
Great for individuals, and a real boost for intact teams, this highly interactive workshop uses the latest research and Edgework’s dynamic 3Ps model to share critical information about how teams evolve and how team members can help increase team effectiveness.
Friday, December 14, 2018
9:30am – 2:00pm
Urban College of Boston, 2 Boylston St., Boston, MA, 02116
Facilitated by: Health Resources in Action / The BEST Initiative
Recommended for Program Staff
This course provides insight and creates strategies for letting young people “take the lead.” Using an interactive approach, participants will take home activities and new ideas about structuring their programs in order to allow more youth “voice and choice” in a safe, supportive environment.
Check back soon for Spring 2019 event and workshops…
Invitations to workshop events will be sent out to BASB Program Partners via Eventbrite. For questions around session registration, logistics, or to recommend event topics for the SEL Circle please reach out to the BASB SEL Team:
- Shaunda Lewis, Program Director, Social & Emotional Learning: email@example.com
- Lauren McCabe, Program Associate, Social & Emotional Learning: firstname.lastname@example.org