Essential Skills for Social Emotional Learning: EQ Educator Institute

Teachers College Columbia University

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Teachers College Columbia University


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Who should attend

Teachers, administrators, counselors, coaches, parents, those working with youth in after-school or community programs, and anyone committed to their own and their students’ social and emotional learning for student success.

About the course

A social and emotional learning (SEL) program supports students to be more effective by increasing emotional intelligence. The EQ Educator Institute provides insights and tools to effectively lead SEL by teaching and modeling learnable skills proven to increase academic and life success. Using the Six Second Model, this intensive 3-day course equips educators to be more effective in teaching, modeling, and integrating these elements of Social Emotional Learning by starting with the essential foundation: Our own EQ growth as educators. Then, for education leaders interested in extending the institute content to address issues of schoolwide implementation, we will offer quarterly follow up webinars on this topic.

As part of a unique collaboration with Summer Principals Academy - New Orleans and the Urban Education Leaders Collaborative at Teachers College, Columbia University and Six Seconds The Emotional Intelligence Institute, this three-day institute will be offered on Loyola Law School’s campus in New Orleans for educators and education leaders.

Learning Objectives

Through this institute, educators will:

  • Develop a clear “case” for emotional intelligence
  • Explore the Six Seconds Model, a process framework for making intelligence practical
  • Review some of the latest research on the brain, emotions, and learning
  • Confidently develop and implement SEL lessons and activities in their classroom
  • Apply the Six Seconds Self-Science process and model in their day-to-day interactions with students
  • Evaluate their SEL practice using the Six Seconds Benchmarks for EQ implementation in schools
  • Effectively communicate the value of SEL to parents, other educators, and the school leaders using the EQ Educator starter kit
  • Deepen their own emotional intelligence to be more insightful, connected and purposeful

The Benefits of The EQ Educator

A growing body of research demonstrates that an evidence-based approach to social emotional learning helps students increase academic achievement and do better in life. Plus, over 75% of teachers say it’s a major benefit for students: It’s a win-win.

Teachers who include SEL in their classrooms report a more effective learning environment, better problem-solving skills, and stronger interpersonal connections – and they end up having more time to pursue all their instructional goals.

While most teachers see the value in teaching their students to effectively understand and manage emotions, few teachers have experienced this kind of learning themselves. As a result, even very experienced teachers have a limited number of strategies and techniques to systematically teach social and emotional skills.

An effective SEL program includes:

  • A developmental, research-based methodology for teaching the skills
  • Processes for integrating SEL skills and concepts into the classroom
  • Methods for making the SEL vocabulary and skills part of the school culture
  • School climate that supports students, faculty, and parents
  • Leadership team committed to a sustainable approach to school-wide SEL
  • Assessments to deepen awareness, guide instruction and provide accountability for SEL interventions


Joshua Freedman

Joshua Freedman, MCC, is the Chief Executive Officer at Six Seconds. One of the world’s preeminent experts on developing emotional intelligence to improve performance, Joshua leads the world’s largest network of emotional intelligence practitioners, researchers, and experts, creating positive cha...

Lorea Martinez

Dr. Lorea Martinez is a Social Emotional Learning Consultant, supporting implementation of SEL programs and teaching educators the principles of emotional intelligence. Her clients include Aspire Public Schools, New Schools Venture Fund, Learning Policy Institute, Facebook, Nearpod, LEEP Dual Lan...

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