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Social and Emotional Learning Conference and Training Opportunities

Thank you for your interest in the Summer Institute. Out of an abundance of caution and in consideration of CDC guidelines related to COVID-19 (Coronavirus), the Department of Public Instruction has determined we must cancel this event. We will announce if circumstances change and we are able to reschedule. Thank you for your understanding and support during this challenging time.

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Creating Safe and Supportive School Communities Conference

The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction Student Services/Prevention and Wellness Team invites a wide range of stakeholders to the Creating Safe and Supportive School Communities Summer Institute June 15 – June 16, 2020 at the Kalahari in Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin. Dive into universal strategies to support student wellness and mental health. June 15th will include full day pre-conference sessions on bullying prevention, anti- human trafficking, school-based mental health, SEL, trauma informed schools, and SEL and IEP supports. June 16th will include a rich variety of informative and engaging breakout sessions.

Be sure to also visit the Expanding School-Based Mental Health in Wisconsin Schools website for more information on the 2020 School Mental Health Summit on Wednesday, June 17, 2020 at the Chula Vista Resort in Wisconsin Dells.

Moving Forward with Social and Emotional Learning

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Schools have been implementing SEL by focusing on building awareness, commitment, and creating a plan. Many teams are ready for the next steps. "Day 1" and "Day 2" trainings are available throughout the state. Check out the  information provided by the Wisconsin Safe and Healthy Schools Center for dates, times, and locations on the following topics:

  • Cultivating adult SEL 
  • Promoting SEL for students
  • Using data for continuous quality improvement

SEL Training of Trainers

In this Training of Trainers, participants will learn how to train staff in the fundamentals of Social and Emotional Learning and will receive all the materials needed to do so. The training materials are provided in six core modules:

  • Why SEL?
  • What is SEL?
  • SEL Frameworks
  • School/District Implementation
  • Classroom Implementation
  • Building Adult SEL Competence

These modules can be implemented as one whole day of training, or divided up over time. For more information on registration

Social and Emotional Learning Webinar Series

During the 2019-2020 school year, DPI hosts monthly webinars on SEL topics of interest. These webinars are located below.





November 11 SEL Example of Practice: Franklin Public Schools Beth Herman 

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December 3  SEL Webinar: Student SEL Competence Assessment Clark McKown

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January 6 SEL Example of Practice: Choosing and Evidence-Based Curriculum  

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Oak Creek-Franklin GoogleSlides

Oshkosh GoogleSlides

January 27

SEL Example of Practice: Choosing Competencies of Focus


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Mequon-Thiensville GoogleSlides


February 2 Using the DPI SEL Competencies  

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Goodman Community Center


February 20 Integration SEL Skills with Academics  

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Embedding SEL into HG&D

SEL Example of Practice: Menasha Joint School District

2018-2019 Webinar Series

During the 2018-2019 school year, DPI hosted monthly webinars on SEL topics of interest. The webinars are archived below. 

September 19 Getting Started: The CASEL Guide to Schoolwide SEL

Jo Salazar, LCSW

Manager of School Supports, CASEL
Archived video link
October 24 Social and Emotional Learning: A Foundation for Digital Citizenship

Chad Kleifoth

Digital Learning Consultant, DPI

Archived video link


November 21 Coaching and Social and Emotional Learning

Rachel J. Fregien, MS CCC-SLP

Coaching Support Consultant/Special Education Team

Research to Practice Inclusive Communities: Director of Coaching Supports

State Personnel Development Grant - Coordinator 


Archived video link


January 23, 2019

Integrating SEL Competencies with Academic Instruction  

Archived Video Link


February 20 Assessment and Screening of SEL: Ready to Assess

Nick Yoder

Senior Technical Assistance Consultant, Midwest Comprehensive Center at American Institutes of Research

Archived Video Link


March 27 Trauma Sensitive Schools and SEL: Universal approaches to student wellness

Julie Incitti

School Social Work Consultant,  DPI

Archived Video Link 


April 24 SEL and PBIS: The Matrix

Kim Gulbrandson, PhD

Research and Evaluation Coordinator

Emilie O’Connor, MSW

Technical Assistance Coordinator

Wisconsin RtI Center

Archived Video Link


May 22 Using the WI SEL Competencies to support IEP Development

Jessica Nichols

Education Consultant, Special Education Team, DPI

Archived Video Link


The 2018-2019 SEL webinar series can be found on YouTube.

For questions about this information, contact Beth Herman (608) 267-9242