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Strategies for Activating SEL Across the Curriculum

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Explore and create : Creation lab

Jorge Valenzuela  
This session explores the researched informed 'Equity and SEL Integration Framework' for K-12 educators to consider students' SEL when making instructional decisions. They will learn to create relevant learning experiences that focus on preparing students for learning by incorporating high-yielding teaching strategies for activating SEL across any lesson.

Audience: Coaches, Principals/head teachers, Teachers
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Android, iOS, Windows
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Participant accounts, software and other materials: None.
Topic: Social emotional learning
Grade level: PK-12
Subject area: Computer science, STEM/STEAM
ISTE Standards: For Educators:
  • Set professional learning goals to explore and apply pedagogical approaches made possible by technology and reflect on their effectiveness.
  • Stay current with research that supports improved student learning outcomes, including findings from the learning sciences.
  • 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

1. Increase understanding of the Equity and SEL Integration in Lessons Framework.
2. Increase understanding of the four domains of emotional intelligence
3. Reflect on the SEL needs of learners and how personal beliefs may impact both the personal and academic success of learners.
4. Increase awareness and knowledge of students to improve teaching.
5. Develop an understanding of how equity-based and culturally responsive teaching strategies can activate SEL in lessons.
6. Explore and reflect on how culturally responsive and restorative practices enhance social interactions between students and staff for inclusive classroom culture.


1. Intro modeling inclusion (5 mins)
2. Mini-lesson introducing SEL framework (15 minutes)
3. Interactive activity and participant share out (5-7 mins)
4. Modeling two strategies with participant feedback (10 minutes)
5. Interactive activity and participant share out (15 mins)
6. Q/A

Supporting research

1. My ISTE SEL in Action jumpstart guide.
2. My upcoming ISTE/Solution Tree copub book on Equity and SEL framework.
3. CASEL SEL framework.

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Jorge Valenzuela, Lifelong Learning Defined, Inc

Jorge Valenzuela is the lead coach at Lifelong Learning Defined, an author and an education advocate. His work focuses on improving teacher preparation in project-based learning (PBL), computational thinking and computer science integration, STEM education and social-emotional learning (SEL) across the curriculum. Valenzuela also provides professional development on behalf of Corwin, ASCD, PBLWorks and Solution Tree. He’s the author of Rev Up Robotics, Environmental Science for Grades 6-12 and the ISTE Jump Start Guides Ready, Set, Robotics and SEL in Action. Valenzuela is also the host of the “SEL in Action” podcast on BAM Radio Network.

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