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Advanced Level

Advanced Level

Hours to complete

Approx. 5 hours to complete

Suggested: 4 weeks of study, 4-9 hours/week...
Available languages

English

Subtitles: English

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
Hours to complete
4 hours to complete

Mindfulness in teaching

Since stress and anxiety accompany many teachers’ work settings and arise from a variety of sources, we look for ways to reduce that stress. Mindfulness programs provide one source of relief for work related stress and, for some, an avenue for self and other exploration. Here we describe some aspects of those programs and encourage those so inclined to seek out such experiences....
Reading
5 videos (Total 34 min), 2 readings, 1 quiz
Video5 videos
Teacher SEL: Programs, Possibilities, and Contexts2m
Intro video talk – Dan and Randy – What meditation/mindfulness provide:2m
"On the Benefits of Mindfulness Practice for Teachers" by Richard Davidson10m
"The Importance of Teacher Self Care" by Patricia Jennings15m
Reading2 readings
How you can earn 3 university credits from the University of Colorado-Boulder for this specialization10m
Module 1 Readings30m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Mindfulness and Teachers Quiz10m
Week
2
Hours to complete
3 hours to complete

Center for Courage and Renewal programs for teacher and community well-being

The Center for Courage and Renewal’s programs for teachers encourage reflection on the social and emotional dimensions of teaching. In this module we focus on Center’s “Leading Together” program, one that encourages trust and communication within a school’s adult community. ...
Reading
1 video (Total 2 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
Video1 video
Reading1 reading
Module 2 Readings, Website, Audio & Video Lecturess
Quiz1 practice exercise
Center for Courage and Renewal - Programs for Teacher and Community Well-Being Quiz10m
Week
3
Hours to complete
4 hours to complete

The role of narrative in teachers' social and emotional learning

Echoing Mark Edmundson (Why Read?) and other writers on the prominent role of the humanities in a liberal arts education, we argue for and elaborate the role of narrative and the humanities in teacher education and teacher professional development. In this module we show how narrative -- film, fiction, and other similar “texts”-- can be used to explore more fully one’s humanity in teaching, offer insights into the role of teacher, and come to a richer and fuller understanding of one’s students. ...
Reading
1 video (Total 4 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
Reading1 reading
Module 3 Readings30m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Humanities and Teaching Quiz10m
Week
4
Hours to complete
4 hours to complete

Parents, families, and communities: Social and emotional learning in context

This module examines the importance of understanding that students’ rich offstage lives affect at every turn their lives within the classroom and school. A set of readings explores the “ghosts” in parents’ and teachers’ pasts and how those biographical experiences affect parent-teacher-student interactions. Another reading poignantly details the devastating impact for an immigrant child of being unknown --by both her teacher and her classmates. And a third reading delineates how a teacher’s/parent’s faith affects their understanding of public schooling and their zeal for reform. ...
Reading
2 videos (Total 22 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
Video2 videos
"On the Power of Convening" by Brenda Girton-Mitchell19m
Reading1 reading
Module 4 Readings30m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Parents, Families, and Communities --Social and Emotional Learning in Context Quiz10m
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By KBMar 25th 2018

This course was very good. I enjoy the topic because I believe that social emotional learning needs to take place for children and teachers and parents together

Instructors

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Dan Liston

Professor
School of Education, University of Colorado Boulder
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Randy Testa

Associate Director PreK-16 Programs
Harvard Graduate School of Education

About University of Colorado Boulder

CU-Boulder is a dynamic community of scholars and learners on one of the most spectacular college campuses in the country. As one of 34 U.S. public institutions in the prestigious Association of American Universities (AAU), we have a proud tradition of academic excellence, with five Nobel laureates and more than 50 members of prestigious academic academies....

About the The Teacher and Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) Specialization

Social and emotional learning, or SEL, programs have flourished in schools during the last decade. These programs vary widely but most share a concern for five individual, student competencies: self awareness; self-management; social awareness; relationship skills; and finally responsible decision making. It is important for teachers and parents to know about and understand these programs. While lots of SEL programs emphasize K-12 student social and emotional learning, only a very few programs exist to promote, and help teachers explore their own emotional well-being. In this Specialization our central premise is this: To facilitate students’ social and emotional learning, a teacher must know the student as a person. This means that the teacher must strive to know her or him self. In order to help students achieve a degree of well-being, teachers need to be aware of their own well-being. In our Specialization, “The Teacher and SEL” the instructors (Randy Testa and Dan Liston, as well as Emily Price and Ben Kirshner) examine kindergarten through high school SEL programs, looking at both established programs and less well-known community-based and youth empowerment approaches. Along with this examination of K-12 SEL programs, we bring a much needed emphasis on the teachers’ well being....
The Teacher and Social and Emotional Learning (SEL)

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Once you enroll for a Certificate, you’ll have access to all videos, quizzes, and programming assignments (if applicable). Peer review assignments can only be submitted and reviewed once your session has begun. If you choose to explore the course without purchasing, you may not be able to access certain assignments.

  • When you enroll in the course, you get access to all of the courses in the Specialization, and you earn a certificate when you complete the work. Your electronic Certificate will be added to your Accomplishments page - from there, you can print your Certificate or add it to your LinkedIn profile. If you only want to read and view the course content, you can audit the course for free.

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