Welcome to GISD Social and Emotional Learning Virtual Course!

The Social and Emotional Learning program, through the Hoonuit platform, will provide you with the social and emotional knowledge that enables you to strengthen your SEL competencies and skills to better equip you to assist others and build stronger relationships. The program consists of 6 modules ranging from 3-4 hours in length for completion. By completing the course you have the opportunity to gain three levels of GISD SEL certification.

The modules of the course is as follows:

Department: Employee Wellness & Guidance and Counseling

Subject Matter Expert: Nwakaego Oriji & Elizabeth Kiertscher 


Social Emotional Learning Essentials
Author: Dr. Rita Jensen and Dr. Therese Kiley
This module focuses on social and emotional learning (SEL), offers practicing teachers an overview that begins with a definition of social-emotional learning (SEL) and highlights the critical role that teachers play in helping students acquire the knowledge, attitudes, and skills related to SEL.

Department: Employee Wellness & Guidance and Counseling

Subject Matter Expert: Nwakaego Oriji & Elizabeth Kiertscher


Developing Self-Aware Students
Author: Dave Fife

Self-awareness can be defined as the ability to accurately recognize one’s own emotions, thoughts, and values, and how they influence behavior. It is the ability to accurately assess one’s strengths and limitations, with a well-grounded sense of confidence, optimism, and a “growth mindset.” In short, self-awareness is the ability to understand one’s self. In this series, you will learn about the five elements of self-awareness and why they are important. You will also learn about practical classroom activities that you can use with your students to help support them in becoming self-aware.


Developing Healthy Relationship Skills
Author: Bryn Yahn, Licensed Psychologist, narration by Heather Slee

We are only as happy as our relationships are. Think about this for a minute: the relationships that we have to tend to be our foundation and support for our lives. Our relationships are what sustain us through the good times and bad. So it only makes sense that when things are going well with our relationships in our lives, we feel loved, supported, valued, and cared for. 


Department: Employee Wellness & Guidance and Counseling

Subject Matter Expert: Nwakaego Oriji & Elizabeth Kiertscher 


Improving Social Awareness
Author: Dr. Rita Jensen and Dr. Therese Kiley

This module begins with a definition of social awareness. It also creates connections between self-awareness and social awareness and provides a brief overview of relevant research. In addition, the module offers examples of instructional strategies teachers can use to help students acquire the knowledge, skills, and attitudes associated with perspective-taking, empathy, appreciating diversity, and respect for others.

Responsible Decision Making
Author: Dr. Rita Jensen and Dr. Therese Kiley

This module begins with an overview that places responsible decision-making in context as the capstone of social-emotional learning. It also expands on the notion of exactly what makes decision-making responsible, highlights relevant research, and describes each of the six components of responsible decision-making. The module concludes with examples of several instructional strategies teachers can use to help students acquire the knowledge, skills, and attitudes associated with responsible decision-making.

Developing Self-Management Skills
Author: Dave Fife

Self-management can be described as the ability to successfully regulate one’s emotions, thoughts, and behaviors in different situations — effectively managing stress, controlling impulses, and motivating oneself.