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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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Thank you for participating in this DJUSD professional growth event!

See below for links to presentation handouts!


Participants say what was best about this professional growth program:

  • Bringing us all together, hearing from others what they have found works and sometimes what doesn’t work, conversations with others, sharing experiences with others, being connected, seeing friends and getting energy from others
  • Really great content – I love bringing this socio-emotional focus to the district
  • Opportunity to choose sessions, knowing what the topics were and being able to self-select, the choice and range of topics
  • High quality presentations, great seminars, well prepared and knowledgeable speakers, questions were welcomed
  • Playing with new ideas and concepts, ideas about how to get my students thinking deeper, new topics and ideas I hadn’t known about before, understanding how some of my students feel when I speak to them or correct their work, learning new things to use in my teaching, ideas that could be immediately implemented in my classroom


Session 1.1  (K-12) Mindfulness Benefits and Practices


Session 2.1 (K-12) Mindfulness Techniques

Click here for Mindfulness Techniques video


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

Breakout Session Information

Exploring the Benefits of Mindfulness

Session 1.1 

Sue Banducci, Harper Junior High Teacher

Christine de Guzman, Mindfulness-trained consultant

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

Target Audience: K-12

Handout: Mindfulness Resources

Understanding Trauma and How It Impacts Learning

Session 1.2

Michelle Flowers, King High School Principal

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

Target Audience: 7-12

Handouts: Understanding Trauma PowerPoint and UCSF HEARTS Resources

Introduction to Growth Mindset

Session 1.3

Kristy Powell, Pioneer Elementary Teacher

Kristine Stanowicz, Pioneer Elementary Teacher

Sue Viguie, Pioneer Elementary Teacher

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

Handout: Growth Mindset PowerPoint

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 Teacher

Cammie Portello, North Davis Elementary Teacher

Mark Simi, North Davis Elementary Teacher

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 Counselor

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

Handouts: Love and Logic PowerPoint, Nine Strategies, Problem Solving and The Instant Empathetic Response

Restorative Practices through discipline and conversations with adults to improve climate

Session 1.7

Jenn Mullin, Harper Junior High Assistant Principal

Target Audience: 7-9

Mentorship as a Tool for Resilience

Session 1.8 

Zelene Molina, Montgomery Elementary Student Success Coordinator

Liza Lopez, Harper Junior High Student Success Coordinator

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

Target Audience: K-9

Handout: Mentorship as a Tool for Resilience PowerPoint

Mindfulness Techniques

Session 2.1

Joanna Littell, DJUSD Crisis Counselor

We will discuss mindfulness techniques for managing anxiety and stress.

Target Audience: K-12

Handouts: Mindfulness Techniques PowerPoint and Mindfulness Brochure

Video: Session 2.1 Mindfulness Techniques 


[Special thanks to Richard Marquez, Instructional Technology Specialist at North Davis Elementary and Patwin Elementary for his work on filming and producing this video.]

Ability Awareness Stations

Session 2.2

Jennifer Terra, Emerson Junior High Teacher and Peer Helping Advisor

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 Teacher

Sarah Roseen, North Davis Elementary Principal
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

Handouts:  The Growth Mindset Journey PowerPoint and Growth Mindset Superpower of Yet Resources

Supporting a Mathematical Growth Mindset

Session 2.4

Gretchen McMeekin, Holmes Junior High Teacher

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

Handout: Mathematical Growth Mindset for Teachers PowerPoint

Supporting Depth, Complexity and Critical Thinking 

Session 2.5

Leslie Allen, Willett Elementary School Teacher

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 Assistant Principal

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

Handouts: Restorative Practices for Social and Racial Justice PowerPoint and Constructivist Listening

Implementing Restorative Practices School Wide

Session 2.7

Cara Messmore, Da Vinci Charter Academy Counselor

Annie Nelson, Da Vinci Charter Academy Teacher

Erika Strand, Da Vinci Charter Academy Teacher

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

Handout: Da Vinci Schoolwide Restorative Practices


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

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 Veronica Dunn, Cesar Chavez Teacher

Click here to view slides from Veronica's presentation

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