Serving Cook County

The Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) team offers programs for parents as well as professional development workshops for school staff.  Both school staff and parent workshops can be presented at your location anytime during the school year or summer.  We simply require a minimum of ten interested participants. 

It should be noted that all workshops are tied to the Illinois State Standards for Social & Emotional Learning.   Additionally, all teacher professional development workshops award CPDU’s, provide hands-on teaching ideas, and ready-to-use classroom lessons.

If you are interested in bring these workshops to your school or organization, please contact Michael Neil (mneil3@illinois.edu) at 708-449-4320.

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Programs for Parents


SEL Parent Circle (six 1-hour sessions)

Two of the most influential aspects of a child's life are home and school. They both offer possibilities to build social and emotional skills to make meaningful contributions to family, friends, school, and the community.  The Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) series for parents will equip them with skills to continue to be supportive, positive influences on their child's social and emotional growth at home and school, and to develop and reflect on their own skills in the process.  Parents will explore the core of emotional intelligence, temperament styles, trust-building, and parent-child relationships, while building a strong network/circle of support with other parents.
 

Real Parenting with Real Colors (one 3-hour session)

Imagine having the ability to clearly communicate your thoughts and ideas to colleagues, teachers, parents, friends, and family.  Picture yourself having a unique level of insight into the things that motivate you and others.  Envision achieving all the things you want from life, both personally and professionally.
The power to accomplish this exists - you just have to unlock it!  The key is Real Colors!
Real Colors is FUN, simple to use, and can easily be incorporated into all aspects of your personal and professional life.  Through Real Colors, you'll gain a new perspective on yourself and the things that are most important to you.  As you learn more about the Colors, you'll instinctively recognize the characteristics of people you know, and their “Color.”  This knowledge gives you valuable insight into what is most important to them, why they may react to situations differently than others, how you can best communicate with them and much more.
School Staff Professional Development

 

2-Hour Workshops

Teaching and Learning Across Difference (Pre K-5th grade)

Come explore and discuss how you can successfully engage in diverse teaching and learning strategies to reach all of your students and contribute to an inclusive environment for all!  Explore how enhancing your cultural competency can strengthen relationships with colleagues and empower students intellectually, socially, and emotionally.  This workshop is interactive, and you will leave with tools and materials that you can readily implement in your school, classroom, and personal life.
 

Emotional Resilience for Teachers (K-12th grade)

Being a teacher or school leader can be stressful.  Whether you educate in the city or in the suburbs, your responsibilities can leave you emotionally drained and feeling burned out.  Utilizing individual and group activities and discussion, this workshop will address ways you can boost your personal resilience.  Participants will receive tools to effectively teach and lead in the face of changes and challenges.
 

Authentic Leadership in Action (Pre K-12th grade)

Being an authentic teacher-leader is about integrity and influence.  The ability to effectively lead within our schools reflects personal and professional development in these areas.  Authentic Leadership in Action is a fun, engaging way to add essential skills to your leadership toolbox.  Participants will explore what it means to be a person of influence; analyze diverse leadership characteristics; assess their personal leadership style; and dive into activities that challenge and allow for change.  Join us and let U of I Extension be a part of your journey towards authentic leadership! 

 

3-Hour Workshops

Introduction to Social and Emotional Learning (K-12th grade)

This engaging, interactive workshop will provide an overview of social and emotional learning (SEL) and the Illinois SEL State Learning Standards.  We will explore it as an approach to systems change, in addition to how it connects to the academic mission of schools, and why it provides the foundation for students' lifelong success. We will also consider strategies for schoolwide implementation and individual classroom application. 
 

Emotional Intelligence for Teachers (Pre K-12th grade)

As an educator you have probably quickly discovered that being an effective teacher is about more than your Intellectual Quotient (IQ); it also depends on how well you can use your Emotional Intelligence (EQ). This very engaging workshop will allow you to assess your EQ, differentiate your teaching style, strengthen relationships with colleagues, motivate students, and much more!
 

Real Teaching with Real Colors (K-12th grade)

Picture yourself having a unique level of communication, understanding, and insight into the things that motivate you as a teacher and your students as learners.  The power to accomplish this exists - you just have to unlock it! The key is Real Colors! 
Real Colors is FUN, simple to use, and can easily be incorporated into all aspects of your personal and professional life.  Through Real Colors, you'll gain a new perspective on yourself and the things that are most important to you.  As you learn more about the Colors, you'll instinctively recognize the characteristics of people you know, and their “Color.”  This knowledge gives you valuable insight into what is most important to them, why they may react to situations differently than others, how you can best communicate with them and much more.
Come and explore how Real Colors will complement the learning environment, assist in whole child teaching and behavior modification, and enhance the social and emotional development of all students.

 

Full-Day (6 Hour) Workshops

Real Teams with Real Colors (K-12th grade)

The term team may be defined in a variety of ways.  During this workshop a team is defined as the organization or school, which is comprised of a variety of intact teams (units, departments, workgroups, etc. within the organization).  As a participant in this workshop it is important to keep in mind that the success of the organization depends on every single person working together as a team toward measurable and defined outcomes. 
Objectives:
By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:
  • Describe the common characteristics of a functional/successful team.
  • Recall at least two strengths each Real Color brings to a team.
  • Compare and contrast the similarities and differences between the four Real Colors regarding the building and maintaining of team trust.
  • Examine the opportunity for self-growth and explore how this positively impacts the team.
  • Effectively and appropriately apply Real Colors concepts when working on a team.

     

Real Leadership with Real Colors (K-12th grade)

Real Leadership is a continuation of basic Real Colors®.  Through active participation in Real Leadership, participants will be able to express their leadership strengths, predict what others need from them as a leader, and produce a personal leadership plan.  The workshop is a mix of small and large group exercises as well as individual reflection with activities that address each learning style. 
Objectives:
By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:
  • Define leadership in a way that can be succinctly communicated to others.
  • Explain his/her leadership strengths by reflecting on his/her natural leadership preferences.
  • Explore, practice, and apply skills related to public speaking, listening skills, and empowering others.
  • Create a personal leadership plan that is a culmination of capitalizing on personal strengths and purposeful application of skills learned.

     

Introduction to Project-Based Learning (6th -12th grade)

Have you heard about Project-Based Learning (PBL)? Are you interested in implementing it, but are unsure of where to start?  Join us as we dive into this strategy and explore, experience, engage, and extend (E4) the art of project-based learning.  This one-day (6-hour) format is perfect for Teacher Institute, School Improvement, and Professional Development Days.
Participants in the workshop will cover a variety of topics and strategies for seamless implementation of PBL in their classroom.  The workshop, designed for middle and high school teachers, will benefit upper elementary-level educators as well.  Participants will receive sample projects, coaching, and technical assistance.
What is Project-Based Learning?
Project-Based Learning is an inquiry-based instructional model that fosters students’ abilities to explore real-world issues and problems.  Students consider issues that they find meaningful and work collaboratively to explore, experience, engage, and extend their learning.
What are the benefits of being participating in this training?
  • Six total Continuing Education Professional Development Units (CPDUs)
  • Discuss current literature and information necessary for successful development, implementation, and assessment of projects.
  • Receive materials (books, journal articles) to assist with your projects
  • Receive valuable feedback from other educators and peers
  • Learn more about the PBL process