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SEL Online Module

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The Social and Emotional Learning in Washington State Schools: Building Foundations and Strategies module is designed to be a part of OSPI's professional learning constellation of topics. 

The SEL Online Module

Welcome to the SEL online module from legislative advocate, State Representative Tana Senn.

Intended Purpose and Audience

This online module is designed to build knowledge and awareness of teachers, administrators, and school staff of what social-emotional learning (SEL) is and why it is important. In addition, the module explains how to implement and integrate SEL into different contexts in a culturally responsive way. While the primary audience for the module is school-based practitioners, much of the module content and resources will be relevant to other individuals who support children and youth, parents, caregivers, and community program providers. 

Module Structure, Focus, and Key Topics Covered


Provides a high-level overview of SEL and the benefits of SEL

Key topics covered

  • Defining SEL
  • History of SEL
  • Benefits of SEL
  • SEL in Washington state
  • SEL standards


Explores school-level policies and practices to embed SEL within the functioning of schools

Key topics covered

  • Schoolwide SEL
  • Systemic SEL
  • Implementation readiness
  • Connecting SEL and other initiatives
  • Continuous improvement for SEL efforts


Provides information about adult SEL, including implicit bias, culturally responsive practice, and ways to support school staff and engage families with SEL efforts.

Key topics covered

  • Professional culture
  • Adult SEL
  • Cultural responsiveness
  • Implicit bias
  • Educator self-care and well-being
  • SEL professional learning
  • Family and community engagement


Provides tools and resources on how to embed and integrate SEL into classroom practices in a culturally responsive way.

Key topics covered

  • Embedding SEL into daily routines
  • Culturally responsive SEL
  • Teaching practices that promote SEL
  • SEL implementation and integration strategies (classroom level)
  • Formative assessment


Provides information on how trauma impacts the developing brain, and thus potentially academic achievement, and shows how SEL can offer students skills to help combat those experiences.

Key topics covered

  • Defining trauma
  • Collective trauma
  • Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs)
  • Impacts of trauma
  • Trauma-informed practices
  • Linking SEL and trauma-informed systems
  • Compassion fatigue


Provides strategies on how to select SEL programs in a way that meets the needs of diverse students.

Key topics covered

  • Effective SEL Programs (SAFE Programs)
  • Strength of evidence
  • Universal Design for Learning (UDL) principles
  • Equitable/culturally responsive program selection
  • Program evaluation 


Provides information about the various ways in which the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted schools, students, and families, and why equitable and culturally responsive SEL instruction is necessary now more than ever to support our states and nation’s students.

Key topics covered

  • State and federal reopening guidance
  • SEL and distance learning
  • Trauma-informed practices
  • Adult SEL and well-being
  • Relationship building
  • Equity and cultural responsiveness

Accessing the Module

This course is created in the Moodle platform. Although it is free of charge, you must still register for a Moodle account. Moodle is compatible with any standards-compliant web browser. For the best experience and optimum security, we recommend that you keep your browser up to date. 

Use the "Log In" button on the top right to access modules

Completing the Module

Although the online module can be completed by an individual, we strongly encourage teams (e.g., grade-level teams, school leadership teams, professional learning communites) to take the course together. Throughout the online module, suggestions on ways in which to engage in the learning in a group setting.

We recognize that each school and educator may be at a different place in their SEL efforts; however, we highly recommend that you engage in each of the learning segments to help you further refine our thinking about how to truly embed and integrate SEL and the Washington SEL Standards, Benchmarks, and Indicators into schools and classrooms. 

Each learning segment is meant to be self-directed or facilitated within a group setting. You are encouraged to start and stop at the points that are most relevant to you or the group and work within a time frame that fits your schedule. You can save your work and return to the learning segment at another time. 


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