Social Emotional Learning (SEL)
Professional Development Resources

Click Here to access the ACT Now SEL Guidebook

ACT Now wrote this guide to help providers learn more about Social Emotional Learning (SEL) and to assist in the planning and implementation of SEL in afterschool. In this guide, you will find resources and information to assist with learning about SEL, planning for implementation, selecting SEL curriculum and activities, training staff in SEL, assessing your program’s implementation of SEL, and assessing youth SEL outcomes.

SEL Professional Development: 2023-2024 Webinar Series

Social-emotional learning (SEL) teaches the vital skills that help to lead a healthy, happy life. SEL skills allow youth (and adults) to regulate their emotions, handle conflict, and pursue their goals. This year, ACT Now and its partners present the annual SEL webinar series, Scale Up Your SEL: Define It, Do It, Develop It. Click the links below to register. All webinars will be from 10 – 11 a.m. via Zoom.

  1. Define It | Wednesday, October 18, 2023Identify the SEL core competencies and how they exist in your program. We will discuss how they can help with conflict resolution, restorative justice practices, and reframing classroom management.
  2. Do It | Wednesday, February 21, 2024Explore the curricula and activities that develop SEL skills, specifically in OST. Find the activities that work best for your program.
  3. Develop It | Tuesday, May 7, 2024Discover the tools that help you evaluate your SEL curricula. Find ways to expand SEL to the adults (staff and families) in your program. Create systems for feedback and data collection to continue improving your SEL.

At each webinar, we will hear from providers across the state and the ways they are applying SEL.

To register for all upcoming ACT Now trainings and events please sign up for the ACT Now Center for Afterschool Learning (ANCAL). ANCAL (hosted through Collabornation) is an online learning and training platform that is FREE for all Illinois afterschool and OST professionals. 

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