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Educating the Whole Student: Mindfulness & Social-Emotional Learning (K-12)

Are you curious as to what social-emotional learning is and how it relates to teaching and learning? Social and emotional learning (SEL) is a process for learning essential life skills such as decision making, problem solving, effective communication, empathy, perseverance, and coping, just to name a few. This online course is designed for K-12 teachers who want to focus on the whole student by supporting social-emotional learning skills but may not know where to begin. Teachers will learn specific strategies for addressing students' social and emotional needs through such topics as mindfulness, resolving conflict, anti-bullying, and character education. Teachers will also learn about the role they play in nurturing students' self-efficacy, grit, compassion, gratitude, and positive attitudes as they work to help diverse groups of students manage their emotions and make good decisions. Teachers will also learn how to develop a strong school-family partnership. This course is worth 3 ⅓ semester units/5 quarter units from UC San Diego Extension. For detailed information on university credit, click here.

"I loved this course! I think it was one of the best PDI classes I have taken. I have so many ideas and strategies I want to try, and have a clear understanding of mindfulness and social-emotional learning." - Katherine Wang


Enrollment Options

Register] Course Registration Only $112 with the discount

Register]Course Plus Credit from UC San Diego Extension Only $284


Required Resource Book: This course has a modestly-priced required resource book (available in both new and used versions) that can be purchased through Amazon using the following link. Note that you can begin and participate in your course before the book arrives.

Cultivating Mindfulness in the Classroom” by Jeanie M. Iberlin

If you are registering for multiple courses, use the following link to access the book list for all PDI courses with direct purchase links through Amazon. PDI Course Resource Book List


Topical Outline / Click here to request a copy of the detailed syllabus

PDI Course Number: 105T02

UCSD Course Number: EDUC40154

Unit One

  • The Whole Student Approach to Learning
  • Social and Emotional Learning: A Schoolwide Approach
  • Minding Mindfulness
  • Assignment #1: Write an autobiography
  • Test #1

Unit Two

  • The Teacher's Role in the Whole Student Classroom
  • Teaching the Intangibles
  • Connecting SEL and Mindfulness Practices to the Classroom
  • Assignment #2: Article reflection
  • Test #2

Unit Three

  • Coaching Students to Manage Everyday Relationships
  • Making the Right Choices
  • Regulating and Resolving Conflict and Intense Emotions
  • Assignment #3: Share your expertise
  • Test #3

Unit Four

  • Dealing with Diversity
  • Communication is Key
  • Becoming Socially Aware
  • Test #4

Unit Five

  • The Character Education Connection
  • Using SEL to Prevent Bullying and Improve School Climate
  • Nurturing Self-Efficacy
  • Test #5

Unit Six

  • Building and Supporting an Inclusive Classroom Community
  • Responsive Classroom Approach and Social-Emotional Learning
  • Establishing and Nurturing School-Family Partnerships
  • Assignment #4: Integrate SEL Skills into Lesson Plans
  • Assignment #5: Reading/Learning Log (Based on required resource book)