Strategies for Activating Equity and SEL in Lessons

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Participate and share : Interactive lecture

Jorge Valenzuela  
Explore how to use the Equity and SEL Integration Framework to consider students' social and emotional learning along with culturally responsive teaching strategies that focus on equity while keeping learning at the forefront. See how to use technology creatively to activate SEL in lessons.

Audience: Principals/head teachers, Teachers, Teacher education/higher ed faculty
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Android, iOS, Windows
Topic: Social emotional learning
Grade level: PK-12
ISTE Standards: For Educators:
  • Stay current with research that supports improved student learning outcomes, including findings from the learning sciences.
  • Design authentic learning activities that align with content area standards and use digital tools and resources to maximize active, deep learning.
  • Foster a culture where students take ownership of their learning goals and outcomes in both independent and group settings.
Additional detail: ISTE author presentation

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

-Develop an understanding of how equity-based and culturally responsive teaching strategies can activate SEL in lessons through adapting the steps of the 'Equity and SEL Integration Framework'

-Work in community with other educators to identify potential unconscious bias we may have about our students

-Explore open educational resources (OER) to develop an action plan to implement equity/SEL strategies in your classroom


Introduction to the five steps in the 'Equity and SEL Integration Framework' (8 minutes)

1. Understand the CASEL 5 (6 minutes and 2 minutes participant reflections)
2. Assess your own unconscious and implicit bias (8 minutes and 2 minutes participant reflections)
3. Improve your knowledge of your students (8 minutes and 2 minutes participant reflections)
4. Help students develop emotional intelligence skills (10 minutes and 2 minutes participant reflections)
5. Activate SEL in your curriculum (8 minutes and 2 minutes participant reflections)

Closing thoughts and OER for SELand Q/A 10 minutes

Supporting research

The research for this session is outlined in my new 'SEL in Action Tools to Help Students Learn and Grow' ISTE Jumpstart guide.

Please access the guide and research here:

Other Research Sources

1. Goleman, D. (2014). What Makes a Leader: Why Emotional Intelligence Matters.

2. CASEL, (2020). SEL: What are the core competence areas and where are they promoted? Retrieved on

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Jorge Valenzuela, Lifelong Learning Defined, Inc

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