University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education

Social-Emotional Teaching and Learning

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?

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.

Interested in learning more about this program? Watch a recording of our program information session, led by our Program Director, Taylor Hausburg.

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



Program faculty will include experts, based at Penn GSE and from the larger Penn community, on social-emotional teaching and learning.



Please check back soon to register for this program!


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 opportunities. To that end, the Center for Professional Learning has a set of scholarships reserved for educators in the School District of Philadelphia.

Please check back soon for the scholarship application link.


5 non-consecutive days





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


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

**Group rate available for 4+ from the same organization. Contact for more information.


Individuals who successfully complete all required components of the institute will receive a Penn GSE Certificate of Participation. This program is also eligible for Act 48 credits for Pennsylvania educators

Contact Us

Please contact with any questions about this program.