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Integrating Social-Emotional Learning into Academic Instruction

Thu, 19 Sep 2019 13:30:00 GMT - Thu, 19 Sep 2019 19:00:00 GMT

Two-for-One Teaching: Integrating Social-Emotional Learning into Academic Instruction
Thursday, September 19, 2019
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Education Center
9:30 AM - 3:00 PM

Alongside community-building or advisory lessons, we can use the academic tasks our students already do—their lessons, discussions, and assignments—as opportunities for them to explore and enact their values. Building bridges in science class can be a context for learning how to collaborate. Writing a paper on the French Revolution can be a context for opening up about what matters. Revising a drawing can be a context for learning to persist in the face of struggle. Not only are students doing meaningful academic work; they’re also learning how they want to approach their education, their work, their surroundings, and each other.

In this highly experiential, make-and-take workshop, we’ll learn protocols that incorporate values work into academic units. Informed by evidence-based psychological science, the workshop will involve writing, drawing, food metaphors, relational frame theory, making stuff you can use, serious discussions about values and vulnerabilities, and empowering students to become the people they want to be. After learning each protocol by doing it ourselves, we’ll reflect on the process and see an example of what it looks like in a classroom. Then, based on what we’ve just learned, we’ll create materials so we can use the protocols with our students. Along the way, we’ll discover some of the psychological science of empowering students discover and do what matters to them, and we’ll learn how to structure units to incorporate SEL into every stage.

Porosoff has been an educator since 2000 and consults on designing curriculum and professional development that empowers students and teachers. She is the lead author of three books about how to make learning more meaningful for students: Curriculum at Your Core, a guide to designing curriculum beginning with values clarification; EMPOWER Your Students, a set of strategies that that put student values at the center of every practice at school; and Two-for-One Teaching, an approach to instructional design that incorporates values work into every stage of an academic unit. Lauren has written for AMLE Magazine, Independent School, Kappan, Rethinking Schools, and Teaching Tolerance about designing meaningful and inclusive learning experiences for students and teachers. To learn more about her work, visit her website at, and follow her on Twitter at @LaurenPorosoff.

Teachers of all subjects, grades 6-12


Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Robins Visitors Center, Robins Room
1800 Lakeside Drive, Richmond, VA 23228


Member:          $195
Non-member:  $295

Final date to register for this Workshop is Tuesday, September 10, 2019. No refunds after this date. Please refer to the VAIS Cancellation Policy for further clarification.