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Online Academy for Social-Emotional Learning in Schools Taking Registrations

Morristown, N.J. (June 16, 2015) – The Academy for Social-Emotional Learning in Schools is a professional learning community and credentialing program led by experts in the field of social-emotional learning (SEL), school culture and climate (SCC), and character development (CD). The Academy is a collaboration between the College of Saint Elizabeth and Rutgers University, under the direction of Dr. Patricia Heindel (CSE) and Dr. Maurice Elias (Rutgers).

The online courses for the Certificate in School Leadership for Social-Emotional Learning and Character Development are now accepting applications. The three-course certificate program is designed for school administrators, teachers who aspire to school leadership positions, school counselors, and anti-bullying specialists and coordinators in kindergarten to grade 12 schools. The next set of classes is scheduled to begin on June 28, 2015.

The premise of social-emotional learning is that by creating self-awareness in children, they then begin to learn to manage their emotions and behavior. This enhances academic success and reduces drop-out rates. By focusing on social-emotional skills development in the classroom, students gain understanding of themselves, develop social awareness, positive coping and relationship skills.

Jhenny Bedoya '16, is a psychology major and intern for the Academy. She says that a series of courses like this may help reduce the bullying that occurs in schools. "I like that teachers will have the tools to help children become more aware of how their emotions impact others," she says.

The three courses are designed to be completed in one year. The certificate program consists of two expert-facilitated online courses and a project-based practicum course. All instruction and interaction takes place online in both synchronous (live online events) and asynchronous (self-paced) formats. Completion of the program will result in a professional studies certificate from the College of Saint Elizabeth. The program has not only been successful in the U.S., but teachers in Scandinavia, Asia, and Mexico have used the principals after completing the courses.

Once the program is completed, an online professional learning community will support ongoing collaboration and informal learning opportunities for program participants.

To learn more about the Academy for Social and Emotional Learning and to register for the classes beginning on June 28, 2015, please visit

This initiative is funded by Novo Foundation.

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