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The Greater Good Science Center Summer Institute for Educators 2017


The GGSC’s six-day Summer Institute equips educators with prosocial learning tools that benefit both students and teachers.

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The science is clear: Integrating social-emotional learning and mindfulness into the classroom and our schools is good for both students and the adults who work with them.

But why are social-emotional learning (SEL) and mindfulness good for us? How do these practices improve our overall well-being—including our ability to learn, prevent burnout, and develop positive relationships? How can we cultivate social-emotional and mindfulness skills in both our students and ourselves and encourage colleagues around us to do so as well? What gets in the way of developing our social and emotional competencies, and how can we overcome those challenges?

This six-day, five-night retreat gives education professionals from all over the world the opportunity to dive into the science and practice of social and emotional well-being in order to better understand how to cultivate this well-being within themselves and their students.

In addition to brief lectures, participants will engage in deep self-reflection, thought-provoking discussions, and collaborative strategy sessions as they consider how this science applies to pedagogy, classroom and school climate, stand-alone lessons, curricula, staff development, and their own personal development. They will also have the opportunity to informally share their own SEL and mindfulness practices with each other.

In order to form a strong support network—one that will last long after the Institute is over—participants will be divided into “families” of eight to ten that work, explore, and play together throughout the six days. Participants will also have plenty of opportunities to connect with other educators outside their families.

In addition to this support network, participants will leave empowered with cutting-edge, science-based social-emotional and mindfulness strategies, tools, and techniques to implement this important aspect of student and teacher development in their school environments.

They will also leave with a deeper understanding of who we are as human beings.

Details for the 2017 Summer Institute for Educators (dates, location, etc.) will be announced in early October 2017.

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