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.
Tuesday, December 10, 2019: Growth Mindset at the Reggie Lewis Center
Tuesday, February 4, 2020: Self-Efficacy
Tuesday, May 12, 2020: Self-Management
9:00am – 12:00pm
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.
Intended Audience: Direct service staff and their supporting managers. Suggested for PSELI, BoSTEM, and Summer Learning Partners. Remaining seats will be open to the Boston Beyond network.
Learning Objective: Participants will increase their knowledge and practice of intrapersonal skills through practicing with other youth workers and improvisational experts.
Tuesday & Wednesday, December 17th & 18th, 2019
9:30am – 2:00pm
Nonprofit Center 2nd Floor
Facilitated by: Health Resources in Action / BEST Initiative
Join us for this 2-day workshop to talk about the challenges of addressing, confronting, and embracing your identity as a white youth worker, your reasons for working in communities of color, and what you can’t bring to the work. The workshop will include interactive exploration of best practices in talking with youth about race, addressing power dynamics, and building alliances with youth workers of color.
Intended Audience: White-identifying youth workers who wish to explore this topic. There are frequently youth workers of color who join this workshop, either out of curiosity, or perhaps with a white colleague. We always welcome the perspectives, experiences, and insights of youth workers of color!
Learning Objectives: To engage white youth workers in understanding how our whiteness impacts our work (ranging from uninspected assumptions about participants to structural racism and white privilege within our institutions) and to collectively come up with ways we can challenge those.
Tuesday, January 14, 2020
8:30am – 12:30pm
Edgerley Family South Boston Boys & Girls Club
Facilitated by: 1647 Families
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.
Intended Audience: More than one person from your organization should attend together. Best for direct service staff and their supporting managers. Suggested for PSELI, BoSTEM, and Summer Learning Partners. Remaining seats will be open to the Boston Beyond network.
Learning Objective: Participants 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.
Building Organizational Culture
Thursday, January 16, 2020
8:30 – 12:00pm
Nonprofit Center 1st Floor Community Room
Facilitated by: Edgework Consulting
People join and depart from teams and organizations for many different reasons; and culture is consistently one of the top influencers of a person’s experience. For this reason, it is imperative that we understand how to build and sustain strong and positive organizational and team culture. For anyone working with children or youth, getting your culture right is even more significant, since it will permeate and shape the experience of your staff as well as your students. We’ve created a distinct way of evaluating organizational/team culture. In this workshop, participants explore current research on the role that culture plays in organizational/team health and performance.
Intended Audience: Organization Leadership, Directors, Executives. Required for PSELI partners. Open to all Boston Beyond partners.
Learning Objectives: Participants will leave with a set of practical and actionable strategies to influence culture as an individual contributor, team leader, or manager
Vital Connections: Harnessing The Power Of Relationship To Impact The Lives Of Young People (Registration now closed)
Session 2: November 19 (The Link) or November 22 (Rox Innovation Center)
Session 3: December 6 (both at The Link)
Make Up Date for Session 3: January 8, 2020
Facilitated by: Loud Bergholz and Maren Rojas of Edgework Consulting
For two decades, we have studied what the best youth workers do to have the greatest impact. This exhaustive research has uncovered six universal Vital Connections. This workshop has now been delivered on four continents and to thousands of youth workers, teachers, coaches, social workers and caregivers. We have witnessed firsthand what happens when caring adults are equipped with the knowledge and skills to harness the full power of Vital Connections. Young people the world over face challenges that prevent them from reaching their full potential. External and internal threats create a bumpy and too often, traumatic journey from childhood to adulthood.
There is one factor that is more protective than any other: the presence of a caring adult. Vital Connections has the power to buffer a young person from risk factors, and play an instrumental role in growth and development. What young people need is varied and complex and for many, the stakes are incredibly high. Whether you’re a counselor, coach, educator, parent, or social worker you are in the position to make all the difference. We know how rare and precious training time is for your staff. This training delivers.
Intended Audience: Direct service staff and their supporting managers. Required for PSELI Partners. Remaining seats will be open to the Boston Beyond network.
Learning Objective: Participants are introduced to the six Vital Connections through vibrant stories and examples. The workshop is packed with new learning and skill building. No matter the background or experience of your staff, everyone will leave with new knowledge, techniques and a renewed excitement for their work.
Thursday, October 24, 2019
9:30am – 2:00pm
Nonprofit Center 1st Floor Community Room
Facilitated by: Daisy Ortega, Health Resources in Action / BEST Initiative
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.
Intended Audience: Direct program service staff and their supporting supervisors
Learning Objective: Participants will be able to define the youth development approach and integrate it into programming, understand the staff/director role in providing leadership and decision-making opportunities for children and youth, and identify strategies for integrating program structures that support youth leadership.
Wednesday, October 30, 2019
9:00am – 12:00pm
Facilitated by Boston After School & Beyond
We have a workshop to offer you on exactly what social and emotional learning is, and how it will always show up in your program, like it or not! We will reflect together on which social and emotional skills you’re building with students (and when and how.) We’ll discuss why you can’t separate SEL from cultural responsive and trauma-sensitive practices, and offer resources to prepare yourself and your staff to do this work.
Intended Audience: Youth workers and program directors of all experience levels are welcome, especially those new to the field or those who train new staff
Learning Objective: Participants will increase their personal understanding of what social and emotional learning is, including important intersections among SEL, cultural responsiveness, and trauma-sensitive practices. Participants will make explicit connections to the youth development work they already do and where SEL lives in that work. Participants will practice modeling social and emotional learning facilitation strategies.
- Racial Equity through Restorative Mindsets
- Overview of Growth Mindset & Self-Efficacy
- Positive Mindsets
- Empowered Students
- What’s Gender Got to Do with It?
- Space for Youth Workers of Color