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SEL in Action: Experiential Activities to Positively Impact School Climate

This workshop provides an introduction to Social Emotional Learning in Action (SELA). SELA is an easy-to-use sourcebook facilitated by teaching and/or counseling practitioners primarily in school settings. The pedagogical basis for these lessons is shaped around the research findings of the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL), indicating that the inclusion of social and emotional development programs positively affects academic achievement. CASEL has identified five interrelated cognitive, affective, and behavioral competencies: self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision making. SELA will be addressing all five. SELA will provide a developmentally sequenced year-long modular flow or stand-alone lessons that integrate the benefits of experiential and social emotional learning (SEL) into the classroom. Each lesson (36 total) will offer step-by-step instructions along with a materials list.


After this training, participants will be able to:

  • Appreciate the benefits of Experiential Learning
  • Identify the Cycle of Experiential Learning (ELC)
  • Experience modeled lessons & practice leading lessons with a peer
  • Understand the scope & sequence of the book and resources required
  • Know how SEL supports academic success & identify SEL competences
  • Confirm connection between Full Value Contract, Challenge by Choice, the ELC and school culture
  • Develop school specific implementation strategy

This workshop is appropriate for educators and counselors working in all levels of education.

Instructor Bios


SEL in Action: Experiential Activities to Positively Impact School Climate

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    Tara Flippo

    Tara Flippo holds a B.A. in Outdoor Experiential Education from Hampshire College and a M.A. in Social Justice and Experiential Education from Vermont College. In her training/consulting career, Tara has served as a youth facilitator, teacher trainer, college professor, and director. Tara's organizational leadership and facilitation skills span 25 years and multiple programs and settings. She ran her own Social Justice consulting business for six years and is a frequent presenter on Diversity Equity and Inclusion (DEI) topics. Tara has comprehensive skills in the areas of Social Justice Education/DEI, Experiential Learning, Youth Development, and Social Emotional Learning. One of Tara's professional highlights is the publication of her first book in 2016 -Social Emotional Learning in Action: Experiential Activities to Positively Impact School Climate which has sold over 7,700 copies. Currently, Tara works as a DEI Coordinator in a Healthcare organization and as a freelance consultant in the areas of team development and DEI.

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