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Social and Emotional Learning: Strategies for Class and Beyond

Course Summary

In a world with many pressing issues, students experience high levels of anxiety, relationship challenges, and disengagement with education. Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) comes to help with building positive behaviors and resilience. SEL offers effective and clear strategies to navigate challenges, improve the class atmosphere, and build a safe environment. SEL strategies can be applied face-to-face or remotely, where SEL takes even more relevance when students tend to disconnect more.


By exploring the worldwide recognized framework of the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) you will gain awareness of the scope and impact of SEL and will learn the steps to implement it.


You will be immersed in the best practices of how to deepen your self-awareness, empathy and will help you create a safe environment and to provide opportunities for connection in class. At the end of the course, you will be able to apply a range of techniques for stress management, community building, positive communication, and resilience.


You will work on creating your own SEL plan for your classes and at your school.

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Seville (Spain)
24th-28th June 2024
4th-8th November 2024

Santiago (Spain)
15th-19th July 2024

Finland Summer Edition 2024
(Check here)

5 days Price:  400 Euros
(25 hours)
6 days Price: 480 Euros
(30 hours)
*Late fee: 60 extra euros will be charged if paid less than 8 weeks before the course.

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Learning Outcomes

  • Understand and implement aspects of the CASEL integrated framework

  • Identify strategies to create a safe environment in class face-to-face and virtually

  • Apply strategies to improve teacher-student and student-student communication

  • Identify mindfulness strategies to reduce stress, manage emotions in a positive way

  • Increase social awareness in yourself and your students to cultivate healthy relationships


Day 1: On the Importance of SEL

 -Presentations; Course Introductions

-Team building activities

-Main issues in education, teachers share their concrete experiences

-Identifying the 5 SEL competencies: Self-awareness, Self-management, Social awareness, Relationship skills and Responsible decision-making.

-SEL impact.

 Day 2: A supportive environment

-3 essential elements: Positive relationships, community building and student-centred discipline (restorative justice)

-Case Studies

-Teacher Personal Project on SEL.

Day 3: Explicit SEL instruction

-Activities for labelling feelings, coping with stress, setting and achieving goals, developing empathy, communicating effectively, resolving conflict, being assertive, and making responsible decisions.

-Case studies

-Teacher Personal Project on SEL.


Day 4: Integration of SEL through instruction

- Welcoming/Inclusion Activities

- Engaging Strategies, Brain Breaks, and Transitions

- Optimistic Closures

-Frame mistakes and struggle as an important part of learning

-Discussion and collaborative learning strategies

-Case studies

-Teacher Personal Project on SEL.


Day 5: Finding Support and Sustainability

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

-Teacher Personal Project presentations

-Final reflection and feedback

Day 6: Cultural experience (Optional added day)

-Day trip to discover tourist sites 

-Exchange of personal and cultural experiences

Your Trainer


Dr. Carolina Castro

Carolina is an experienced educator with 21 years of teaching career in Primary, Secondary and Tertiary education in Europe, USA and Australia. She started using SEL strategies in her classes in 2018, trying to solve very serious multicultural and gender issues in her classes. The results were very promising and from that point on she has become a passionate SEL advocate and practitioner, implementing these strategies in teacher training too.


For the last 5 years, she has trained teachers from Europe, Asia and Australia, and she has collaborated with educational foundations and whole schools around the world. Carolina has a B.A. in English Language and Literature, an M.A. in Teaching Spanish as a Foreign Language, and a Ph.D. in Applied Linguistics and Education. Some of her topics of expertise are Project-Based Learning, Project-Based Language Learning, Social and Emotional Learning, Digital tools for education, CLIL, Life skills, Pedagogy and E-Pedagogy among others.


She has presented in academic conferences, professional events for teachers and doctoral seminars around the world, online and face to face. When Carolina's PhD thesis was published, it was one of the few examples in the world of a foreign languages' practitioner using PBLL together with digital technologies sharing her experience. 

Essential Info

Duration: 25 hours for the face-to-face option and if you book 6 days the total would be 30 hours.

Certificate: A completion certificate will be provided when participants attend a minimum of 80% of the course.

Language: The course will be facilitated in English. Participants need to have a minimum of a B1 to attend.

Activities: Cultural activities will be included for participants in each course.

Schedule: Sessions can take place in the morning (9h to 14h) or the afternoon (15h to 20h). The day-by-day timetable posted here is tentative, your trainer will send it to you one week before the course begins and she may change it depending on the group needs accordingly.

Extra day add-On: All courses can have an optional extra 6th day that will be dedicated to cultural exchanges in an organised day trip excursion.

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