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Developing Your Socio-Emotional Learning (SEL) Toolkit

Developing Your Socio-Emotional Learning Toolkit

February 15, 2017  
3:45 to 6:00 pm
Harper Junior High MPR


3:45 – 4:00 pm - Registration

Finger Food provided by Student Nutrition Services

4:00 - 4:20 pm -

Welcome & Keynote

4:25 - 5:10 pm -

Breakout Session 1

5:15 - 6:00 pm -

Breakout Session 2


Local Control & Accountability Plan (LCAP)

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Presentation topics at this event address actions related to goals in the DJUSD LCAP.

LCAP Goal 4: Student Goals

LCAP Goal 6: School Climate

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Developing Your Socio-Emotional Learning (SEL) Toolkit

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

3:45 pm - 6:00 pm

Harper Junior High School MPR

(to avoid end-of-school traffic, aim for 4:00 pm instead of 3:45)


Who can benefit from Socio-Emotional Learning PD? 

DJUSD certificated and classified staff


Earn 2 hours of Professional Growth pay or credit

(indicate your preference when you sign-in at the event)


Attend two 45-minute breakout sessions that catch your interest!

Practical take-aways from every session



Session 1.1  (K-12) Mindfulness Benefits and Practices


Session 2.1 (K-12) Mindfulness Techniques

SESSION 2.1 is FULL - video of this session will be available following the event


Sessions 2.2 (K-12) Ability Awareness Stations

Socio-Emotional Learning




Session 1.2  (7-12) Understanding Trauma


Session 1.8 (K-9) Mentorship as a Tool for Resilience

Growth Mindset (GM)

Session 1.3 (K-6) Introduction to GM


Session 1.4 (K-12) Number Talks in Math


Session 1.5 (K-12) Professional Collaboration Teams


Session 2.3 (K-6) GM is a Journey


Session 2.4 (K-12) Supporting GM in Math


Session 2.5 (K-9) Supporting Depth, Complexity and Critical Thinking


Be the change that you wish to see in the world.

- Gandhi

Restorative Practices (RP)

Session 1.6 (K-6) Love and Logic


Session 1.7 (7-9) RP through Discipline and Conversations with Adults to Improve School Climate


Session 2.6 (K-12) RP to Address Social Justice


Session 2.7 (7-12)  Implementing Restorative Practices School Wide (formerly titled "Students as RP Practitioners")

Breakout Session Information

Exploring the Benefits of Mindfulness

Session 1.1 

Sue Banducci, Harper Junior High

Christine Guzman, Harper Junior High

Introduction to the origins and purpose of mindfulness integrated with simple practices and many resources.

Target Audience: K-12

Understanding Trauma and How It Impacts Learning

Session 1.2

Michelle Flowers, King High School Logout

This presentation will focus on Adverse Childhood Experiences and how they can affect a student's academic and emotional growth.

Target Audience: 7-12

Introduction to Growth Mindset

Session 1.3

Kristy Powell, Pioneer Elementary

Kristine Stanowicz, Pioneer Elementary

Sue Viguie, Pioneer Elementary

An overview of Growth Mindset, how it can be presented to primary and intermediate students, resources that can be used, and how to share it with parents.  We are hopeful that you will walk away excited about Growth Mindset with resources and strategies to get started.

Target Audience: K-6

Number Talks: Improving Number Sense and Fluency

Session 1.4 

Erica Burnison, DJUSD Math Specialist

Kim Bobadilla, DJUSD Math Specialist

Successful math learners look for patterns and relationships and think about connections. They approach math with a mathematical growth mindset, with an active role in thinking about new ideas. Using Number Talks instead of flash cards & timed tests helps students see beyond math as a disconnected set of facts and procedures to memorize and either ‘get’ or ‘not get’. Number Talks promote curiosity and sense making about big ideas in math.

Target Audience: K-12

Becoming a Professional Collaboration Team

Session 1.5

Renee Neal, North Davis Elementary

Cammie Portello, North Davis Elementary

Mark Simi, North Davis Elementary

Nikole Reina-Guerra, DJUSD Differentiation Specialist

Professional Learning Communities are the perfect way to set team goals for working towards desired learning outcomes. Come listen to one of our district’s dynamic PLC teams who is utilizing district offered Collaboration Grants to help foster student success in math

Target Audience: K-12

Guiding Students to Own and Solve Their Own Problems Through Love and Logic

Session 1.6

Susie Carrell, Birch Lane Elementary

Learn positive techniques for guiding students to own and solve their own problems in the classroom and to restore relationships that have been harmed.      

Target Audience: K-6

Restorative Practices through discipline and conversations with adults to improve climate

Session 1.7

Jenn Mullin, Harper Junior High


Target Audience: 7-9

More information coming!

Mentorship as a Tool for Resilience

Session 1.8 

Zelene Molina, Montgomery Elementary

Liza Lopez, Harper Junior High

BRIDGE program staff will discuss the importance of mentorship and the holistic approach in which it serves its students. 

Target Audience: K-9

More information coming!

Mindfulness Techniques

Session 2.1

Joanna Littell, DJUSD Crisis Counselor

We will discuss mindfulness techniques for managing anxiety and stress.

Target Audience: K-12

Ability Awareness Stations

Session 2.2

Jennifer Terra, Emerson Junior High

Feel what it is like to walk in the shoes of a student with a learning disability

Target Audience: K-12

Growth Mindset is a Journey

Session 2.3

Carol Stewart, North Davis Elementary

Sarah Roseen, North Davis Elementary
Join us as we reflect on current practices around growth mindset. How do we avoid the trap of simply praising effort without seeing valuable growth in our learners? Explore ways to embrace your own personal mindset journey, and discuss building a community of learners at your site and in your classroom.

Target Audience: K-6

More information coming!

Supporting a Mathematical Growth Mindset

Session 2.4

Gretchen McMeekin, Holmes Junior High

Nikole Reina-Guerra, DJUSD Differentiation Specialist

The pervasive idea that we are born to be either “good in math” or “bad in math” can damage student potential and hinder their fulfillment of math. How we guide our children/students in the classroom and at home can help foster a “growth mindset” and, ultimately, a positive relationship with mathematics.    
Target Audience: K-12

Supporting Depth, Complexity and Critical Thinking 

Session 2.5

Leslie Allen, Willett Elementary School 

Learn thinking prompts and strategies you can use that make you and your students smarter! Develop patterns that will turn your students into problem-solvers rather than problem-finders. Explore how to make mundane minutes into engaging and meaningful learning moments.


Target Audience: K-9

Using Restorative Practices to Address Issues of Social Justice and Race

Session 2.6

Scott Thomsen, Da Vinci Charter Academy

Kate Snow, DJUSD School Climate Coordinator

Imagine there’s a way to approach the most difficult conflicts with hopeful anticipation in place of dread.  Come try on a way to understand and repair harm both big and small, historic and momentary, societal and personal, all in the context of schooling.

Target Audience: K-12

More information coming!

Implementing Restorative Practices School Wide (formerly titled "Students As Restorative Practice Practitioners")

Session 2.7

Cara Messmore, Da Vinci Charter Academy 

Annie Nelson, Da Vinci Charter Academy 

Erika Strand, Da Vinci Charter Academy 

This workshop will describe the evolution of the Restorative Practices Program at Da Vinci Charter Academy from Fall 2015 to today. Participants will leave with ideas to improve their classroom culture.

Target Audience: 7-12

More information coming!


What is Socio-Emotional Learning?

Here’s a definition of Socio-Emotional Learning from edutopia:

How do we define social and emotional learning (SEL)? Researchers generally agree upon five key competencies of SEL (Durlak, Weissberg, ...more

Keynote Speaker

 Veronica Dunn


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