10 On-Demand SEL Webinars to Watch This Summer

With the official school year winding down, now is a great time to start planning your summer professional learning. Webinars can be an invaluable way to enhance your professional practices — and you can watch them anytime, anywhere it’s convenient for you!

We’ve got you covered. Below is a list of our most popular webinars to keep you up-to-speed on SEL research, implementation strategies, and best practices. 

Pour a tall glass of lemonade or make some popcorn, and enjoy!

1. Caring for Your Educators: Promoting Social and Emotional Teaching Practices

Teachers and educators are dealing with so much these days, and many are at their breaking point. SEL can help! This webinar is hosted by Aperture Education’s Director of Research & Development, Jennifer Robitaille, and is all about how to support educator SEL and well-being.

2. The ROI of SEL

Many educators know SEL helps students build the critical skills needed for success in school and beyond. But do dollars spent on SEL have a high return on investment (ROI)? In this information-packed webinar, Aperture Education’s Manager of Partnership Specialists, Elizabeth Sims, shares key findings from pivotal research that show SEL programming and assessments have a high ROI. 

3. Inside SEL: Matt Smith of Humble ISD on Using SEL to Promote Positive Student Behaviors

Humble Independent School District (TX) has been an Aperture partner for many years. After the first two years of using the Aperture System, a pilot school reported that discipline referrals were reduced by 76%. Matt Smith, elementary counseling & behavioral services liaison, shares his district’s journey with SEL and how they are using the DESSA from Aperture to support and promote positive student behaviors.

4. Advancing Equity with the DESSA: Practical Applications to a Crucial Issue 

Aperture Education’s Senior Research Consultant, Paul LeBuffe, explores how schools and districts can advance educational equity through specific, practical tools and strategies embedded in the DESSA, Aperture’s award-winning system for large-scale SEL screening, assessment, and intervention.

5. No Advisory? No Problem: Implementing High-Quality SEL When Advisory Isn’t an Option

While SEL is often included in schools’ advisory periods, this model doesn’t work for everyone. Aperture Education and The Urban Assembly share tips and examples for implementing a high-quality SEL program when advisory period isn’t an option.

6. To Both Promote and Prevent: The Importance and Practicality of Strength-Based Screening

Screening students can be a valuable investment of school time and resources, but success hinges on a solid data action plan. Learn how you can use strength-based screening to provide a strong foundation for strategic and comprehensive interventions that support all members of your school community.

7. Best Practices for Assessing Students’ Social and Emotional Competencies within an MTSS Framework

Co-hosted with our friends at Branching Minds, this webinar outlines best practices for selecting evidence-based social and emotional screeners and assessments and using SEL to support your Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS) framework.

8. SEL in Special Education Settings

All students benefit from SEL, including those with special learning needs. Watch this webinar to learn more about how SEL supports students with disabilities and how to integrate an effective SEL framework into your school or district.

9. SEL and Mental Health Panel Discussion

Bryan Clement, Director of Program and Partnerships at Dovetail Learning; Dr. Amanda Nickerson, Director of the Alberti Center for Bullying Abuse Prevention at the University of Buffalo, SUNY; and Katie Mason, Success Specialist at Aperture Education, dive into school-based mental health services and how SEL can enhance mental health initiatives. 

10. SEL at the Crossroads: Where We Are, How We Got Here, and Where We are Going

The pandemic has illustrated why SEL is so important for students and adults. Learn how to ensure your district, school, and/or out-of-school time SEL programs are effective and scalable. Clark McKown, Ph.D., founder and president of xSEL Labs, digs into these big questions in this keynote webinar from the 2021 SEL Vision Summit.

We hope you enjoy honing your SEL skills with our on-demand SEL webinars. Cozy up under a warm blanket and enjoy! 

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