University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education

Social-Emotional Teaching and Learning

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Program Dates: November 3, 9, 16, and 30, 2021

Penn GSE Virtual Institutes bring Penn's faculty and resources to teachers, educators and leaders across the globe. In these innovative professional learning modules, participants engage in real-time, online group sessions as well as reflect and learn at their own pace in asynchronous sessions. Institutes typically span three consecutive half days, allowing participants to accelerate their learning while continuing to fulfill their professional obligations.


Participants who successfully complete this Virtual Institute will receive a Penn GSE Certificate of Participation.

About the Program

In a world where technology overuse, depression and anxiety, and divisiveness are on the rise, it is becoming increasingly clear that students need more support developing their social-emotional skills. But where should educators begin?

The Social-Emotional Teaching and Learning Virtual Institute prepares educators, administrators, and leaders to support healthy and equity-oriented SEL in their classrooms, schools, and organizations. Importantly, this Institute centers equity and criticality in activities and discussions, and addresses how SEL can be a tool to disrupt power or reinforce it (Simmons, 2020). Through a combination of synchronous sessions and asynchronous work, Institute participants will learn about the theory and practice of social-emotional teaching and learning as they explore questions such as:

  • What is SEL, and how does it work?
  • How can I plan for SEL? What are some research-backed strategies for intentionally integrating it into my professional practice?
  • What is social-emotional modeling, why does it matter, and how can I do it?
  • How can I grow my social-emotional teaching practice by building on my own successes?

Participants will have the opportunity to learn from Penn GSE faculty who specialize in SEL and teacher education, as well as from fellow practitioners who will serve as a community of practice for continued support and collaboration.

What You'll Gain


  • Deepen your understanding of what effective and equity-oriented social-emotional teaching and learning entails
  • Learn practical strategies for intentionally integrating SEL into classrooms, schools, and organizations
  • Develop strategies for supporting your own social-emotional growth
  • Connect with a professional network that shares your interest in social-emotional teaching and learning

Who Should Enroll
  • K-12 teachers and administrators
  • Instructional leaders (e.g., coaches, mentors, PD leaders)
  • Higher education teachers and administrators
  • Individuals interested in supporting others' social-emotional growth


Key Topics
  • Social-emotional auditing
  • Intention-setting
  • Backwards planning for SEL
  • Social-emotional modeling
  • Equity and criticality in SEL


Penn GSE Faculty Angela Duckworth

Dr. Angela Duckworth

Rosa Lee and Egbert Chang Professor

Penn Arts and Sciences


Taylor Hausburg, M.A.


Ed.D. Student
Teaching, Learning, and Teacher Education Program
Penn Graduate School of Education

Dr. Zachary Herrmann

Executive Director, Center for Professional Learning

Adjunct Assistant Professor

Teaching, Learning, and Leadership Division


Penn Graduate School of Education

Dr. Charlotte Jacobs
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Teaching, Learning, and Leadership Division
Co-Director, Independent School Teaching Residency

Penn GSE Faculty Elizabeth Mackenzie

Dr. Elizabeth Mackenzie

Adjunct Associate Professor

Program Manager
Human Development and Quantitative Methods Division

Penn Graduate School of Education

Jenny Mills, M.Ed.


Roots & Wings LLC


Dr. Sharon Ravitch

Professor of Practice
Teaching, Learning, and Leadership Division

Penn Graduate School of Education


Dr. Marsha Richardson

Senior Lecturer

Human Development and Quantitative Methods Division

Penn Graduate School of Education




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Registration Close Date: October 28, 2021 at 12:00 PM EST


Penn GSE partners with schools, universities, and communities to expand educational access – especially for those underserved by society. Through rigorous research and innovative programs, we develop new knowledge, and transformational teachers and leaders in pursuit of educational opportunity. To that end, this program has a set of scholarships reserved for educators in the School District of Philadelphia.

To access our scholarship application, please click this link.

Individuals will be notified of their scholarship decision within 3 weeks of applying.


4 non-consecutive days





Synchronous sessions: 5:00–7:30pm ET
Asynchronous pre- and post-session work: 1 hour per session


Standard rate: $600
Early bird rate: $450*
Group rate: $450 per person**

*Early bird rate available until 10/10/2021
**Group rate available for 4+ from the same organization. Contact for more information.


Penn GSE Certificate of Participation

Pennsylvania Act 48 credits

Contact Us

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Cancellation and Refund Policy

If you have to cancel your registration prior to the program's start date, you will receive a fee credit, valid for one year, for a future Penn GSE Virtual Institute. If Penn GSE must cancel your registration, we will refund your payment in full, or you may request a fee credit as above.