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 are meant to supplement the intensive, differentiated work happening in PSELI Boston, with opportunities for all stakeholders to learn SEL content and connect with local 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.
Session 1: October 2 or October 4
Session 2: November 19 or November 22
Session 3: December 3 or December 6
Facilitated by: Loud Bergholz 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.
Family Engagement Practices for Youth Programs
Tuesday, October 22, 2019
8:30am – 12:30pm
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.
Learning Intrapersonal Skills through Scene Play
Tuesday, December 10, 2019: Growth Mindset
Tuesday, February 4, 2020: Self-Efficacy
Tuesday, May 12, 2020: Self-Management
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.
Engaging Children and Youth in Leadership
9:30 – 2:00pm
Facilitated by: Health Resources in Action / The BEST InitiativeR
This workshop provides insight and creates strategies for letting young people “take the lead.” Using an interactive approach that builds on the strengths of attendees in the workshop, participants will work together and take home collaborative ideas in order to plan for a safe, supportive environment.
Intended Audience: Direct service staff and their supporting managers
Learning Objective: Using an interactive approach, participants will take home activities and new ideas about structuring their programs to allow students more “voice and choice.”
Building Organizational Culture
8:30 – 12:00am
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
- Making SEL Visible: “Isn’t everything we do social and emotional?”
- White Youth Workers in Communities of Color
- Racial Equity through Restorative Mindsets
- Overview of Growth Mindset & Self-Efficacy
- Mindfulness & Trauma-Informed Practice
- Positive Mindsets
- Empowered Students
- What’s Gender Got to Do with It?
- Space for Youth Workers of Color