Fostering Social and Emotional Learning in Teacher Preparation

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Grant Overview

Southeastern's university-district partnership with Ascension Parish, St. Charles Parish and Tangipahoa Parish school districts was awarded an innovation grant ($92,000) from the US PREP National Center to address Social and Emotional Learning (SEL). We are committed to the collaborative development of a K-12 SEL curriculum as part of a multi-faceted approach to develop and implement a competency-based program for teacher candidates (TC) with impact on K-12 students.


SEL is the process through which children and adults acquire and effectively apply the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary to understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions (CASEL, 2016).


The collaborative build on current SEL elements from Responsive Classroom (RC) and Positive Behavior and Intervention Supports (PBIS) with Six Seconds EQ Self-Science Process as the theoretical framework. The curriculum will include SEL strategies such as interactive modeling, morning meeting, engaging academics, establishing classroom rules/logical consequences, classroom management, teacher language, and managing behavior.



  • Prepare teacher candidates to acquire and effectively apply the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to enhance their own social-emotional learning competencies.
  • Prepare teacher candidates to not only effectively teach K-12 students through an integrated SEL curriculum approach in collaboration with school districts, but also to fully embody and apply SEL in their relationships with students, staff, peers, and parents.
  • Prepare teacher candidates to impact K-12 students' social-emotional development contributing to academic persistence and success in collaboration with school districts. 


6Seconds EQ Model


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They may forget what you said, but they will never forget how you made them feel.- Carl W. Buechner




Video - Morning Meeting - Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS)

Toe to Toe - Video

One Minute Greeting - Video

Sparkle - Video

The Science of Children - Video

A Toolkit for Promoting Empathy in Schools

Ted Talk - Grit:The Power of Passion and Perseverance by Duckworth


Links - Emotional Intelligence Network

SEL & Common Core

Incorporating a Growth Mindset Into your Teaching Practice

Helping Struggling Students Build a Growth Mindset

EQ Course Participants and Faculty - Pictures


 Contact Information 

Dr. Cindy Elliott, Professor

Social Emotional Learning Grant Coordinator

Phone: 985-549-5269