Professional Development at RBT

Social Emotional Learning (SEL 19-241)


Wednesday, Jun 26, 2019
Thursday, Jun 27, 2019
Thursday, Oct 10, 2019


8:33 AM to 3:33 PM


RBT Conference Center
526 Main Street
Acton, MA 01720

Current Status: 

In Progress


Social emotional learning (SEL) is rightfully at the top of most districts’ agendas these days. After all, “Emotions are everywhere.” There is never an instant of waking life when they are not present and influencing the energy level we bring to tasks, the level of focus, the amount of investment.” ( The Skillful Teacher, p. 313) 

Research for Better Teaching’s stance on social emotional learning is that:

  • Successful teaching for student results must include skill at SEL.
  • “Programs” are not enough.  
  • Adult development permeates effective implementation of any program.

RBT has reviewed the SEL field and identified 12 different approaches in the field.  They can be viewed in progressive levels of complexity and sophistication. Adopting a good SEL program is a good start, but is not enough.  Most programs focus on only one of the 12 approaches, and a district must develop a comprehensive plan to meet the needs of their students.  In this course, participants will be introduced to the 12 approaches and they will begin to review the current status of their school/district’s implementation of each of the twelve.  Then they will begin to develop a clear, comprehensive SEL plan, all through the lens of high-expertise teaching.

Program Flyer


    • District Decision Makers
    • Administrators
    • Teacher Leaders


    As a result of taking this program, participants will be able to:

    • Describe the 12 approaches to social emotional learning
    • Assess their school/district’s level of implementation on each of the 12 Approaches
    • Begin to develop a tailored plan for SEL implementation for their school/district of the most appropriate next steps

    18 Hour Program, 3 Days

    For questions, please contact us at or (978) 263-9449.




    Founder and President

    Jon Saphier is the Founder and President of Research for Better Teaching, Inc., a professional development organization dedicated since 1979 to improving classroom teaching and school leadership throughout the United States and internationally.  ...Full Bio