In 2018, thanks to the Partnerships for Social & Emotional Learning Initiative (PSELI), Boston Beyond launched the Social & Emotional Learning (SEL) Circle.
The SEL Circle is a space for program partners to engage in learning around social and emotional skill development, build their own skills as youth workers and educators, explore the evolving landscape of SEL in Boston, and support each other. All workshops in the SEL Circle serve to connect partners to content and local SEL experts.
Based on PSELI Boston’s Portrait of a Social-Emotional Learner, the SEL Circle helps us learn about interpersonal, intrapersonal, and applied skill development. Last year’s activities focused on building interpersonal skills in young people and adults, as well as building adult capacity to facilitate SEL. We dove deep into the specific interpersonal skill of social awareness. This year, we evolve to include intrapersonal skills, a set of skills that help us thrive in school, work, and life. Growth mindset and self-efficacy are just two of the many intrapersonal skills that will show up repeatedly in this year’s workshops.
Postponed & to be rescheduled: Positive Mindsets & STEM
Facilitated by: Transforming Education
How do we support students to develop positive mindsets and apply those mindsets when engaging in STEM subjects? Join us if you are looking to ensure all students, regardless of their experience level in STEM, can embrace new challenges, persevere in rigorous content, and feel confident in their ability to set and achieve ambitious goals. Key topics include STEM & SEL, growth mindset, perseverance, and self-efficacy.
Intended Audience: BoSTEM direct program service staff and their supporting supervisors/program managers. Open seats will be open to PSELI and to the whole Boston Beyond network
Learning Objectives: Participants will walk away with a deep understanding of intrapersonal skills and how they manifest in STEM subjects. Participants will also practice leveraging STEM content to help students strengthen and hone their intrapersonal competencies.
Postponed & to be rescheduled: Exploring Racism & White Supremacy Through Circle
Facilitated by: Mariam Levy, J D. Fergus, and C. Payal Sharma
This is a unique opportunity for those with some proficiency in restorative practices to build on that competency and have a meaningful conversation about racism / white supremacy.
Intended Audience: [By invitation only] Registration will only be open to those who’ve participated in either the Soil and Seeds circle workshop in February, or a Tier 1 Circle Training in the past year. Participation in both full days will be required.
Learning Objectives: Participants will explore our racialized histories/stories, model circle/restorative practices to explore how racism/white supremacy show up in discussions, group dynamics, and institutions, learn frameworks regarding racial equity, and brainstorm how to reduce harm.
Postponed & to be rescheduled: Empowered Students
Facilitated by: Transforming Education
How do we empower students to be agents of change in their own learning, in their school communities, and in their lives? Key topics include agency, self-awareness, and engagement.
Intended Audience: PSELI & BoSTEM direct program service staff and their supporting supervisors/program managers. Open seats will be open to the whole Boston Beyond network
Learning Objectives: Participants will walk away with a deep understanding of what agency is, how it can be fostered in school, after school, and in other informal settings, and how to provide opportunities for voice, choice, and agency to help students reach their personal goals.
Postponed & to be rescheduled: Learning Intrapersonal Skills through Scene Play
Facilitated by: Rehearsal for Life
These are interactive, hands-on opportunities to practice intrapersonal skills through acting out real life examples of adult/youth interactions with pauses for debrief, reflection, and perspectives from the group. There will be three independent sessions each focused on a specific intrapersonal skill.
- What’s Gender Got to Do with It?
- Space for Youth Workers of Color