AISA Online Deep Dive: Social Emotional Learning (SEL) – Planning the Journey for School-Wide Implementation

This Deep Dive will provide opportunities to investigate, explore and identify a framework for choosing and implementing social-emotional learning (SEL) across the school community.
  • Deep Dives
  • All School Leaders and Educators
  • Virtual
  • September - 2021
  • This Deep Dive session will run over a period of 5 weeks



In our sessions, participants will engage with resources, activities and each other, to support school-wide SEL implementation.  One of the primary goals of this workshop is to develop an ongoing, online network of support and resources that will open a world of possibilities and practices to SEL. We will explore the essential skills of self-awareness and management, social awareness, relationship skills and decision-making to support and grow a culture of well-being,  mindful awareness and belonging for all.

In this Deep Dive, we will investigate and identify frameworks and practices to help schools working towards developing a school-wide, social-emotional learning (SEL) framework.  Together, we will take the first steps towards planning for, selecting and implementing an evidence-based, SEL programme or curriculum.

We will explore essential SEL skills and competencies and develop general criteria for the selection and successful implementation of SEL across the school community and review example SEL offerings from around the world to support our investigations with the goal of identifying frameworks that support engagement, integration and sustainability.

During this learning journey, we will also identify strategies for evaluating the impact and success of SEL implementation and also explore practices for engaging the various members of the school community in this essential journey.  Participants will leave with an abundance of curated resources, ideas and more importantly an ongoing, online professional learning community of inspiration, support and innovation.

The AISA online Deep Dives are a balanced mix of Synchronous (interactive online learning involving external expert and peer to peer collaboration) and Asynchronous (distance, self-paced and peer-to-peer learning) learning facilitated over a period of 5 weeks.

1 Tue. 14 Sept. 2021 15:30 – 16:30 Introductory Meeting
2 Tue. 21 Sept. 2021 15:30 – 16:30 Interactive Workshop
3 Tue. 28 Sept. 2021 15:30 – 16:30 Interactive Workshop
4 Tue. 05 Oct. 2021 15:30 – 16:30 Interactive Workshop
5 Tue. 12 Oct. 2021 15:30 – 16:30 Summative Meeting



  • Dr. Maria Hersey
    Global Education Advisors
    Education Consultant

    Dr. Maria Hersey is a global educator with extensive experience in educational leadership, international education, social-emotional learning (SEL), curriculum design and global-mindedness.  Currently the Principal Advisor for Global Education Advisors, Maria’s previous experience includes serving as the Director of Education & Training for The Goldie Hawn Foundation where she managed the evidence-based, social-emotional learning program, MindUP™.

    Prior to this, Maria held several positions within the International Baccalaureate Organization (IB) including that of Primary Years Program Regional Manager, Regional Development Specialist and PYP Curriculum Development Specialist. As an experienced educator with over 15 years in public education, Maria has been dedicated to supporting educational excellence through her roles as an assistant principal, program coordinator, curriculum specialist and classroom teacher. Maria has been invited to lead a variety of conferences and workshops around the world on topics such as school leadership, social-emotional learning, concept-based curriculum, inquiry-based learning and global-mindedness and currently serves on the Board of Directors for Magnet Schools of America.

    Maria holds a Ph.D. and Specialist’s degree in educational leadership from Florida Atlantic University where she also serves as an adjunct professor within the Department of Educational Leadership and Curriculum, Culture & Inquiry.

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