I have used the Center on multiple occasions for professional development seminars for my staff. Since my staff includes teachers, social workers, psychologists, paraprofessionals as well as occupational therapists and speech clinicians, those providing the trainings have to be diverse but also thorough. These trainings are half day and full day trainings based on our school schedule and each time the Center has been more than accommodating. What is most important is the “take away” for my staff after any professional development. It is always so rewarding when staff come up to me and express how great each seminar was and the amount of information they learned.”
Professional development can be a challenge in Alaska because it can be costly to bring educators and trainers to one location from such a distance. The Center was able to take an in-person full day training and convert it into a three-part webinar series for us. The webinars were outstanding – they were interactive, engaging and informative. The feedback was so positive that we actually repeated the series the following year for more educators.
After seeing the session on Trauma Sensitive Schools at our local intermediate unit, a colleague recommended that I reach out to the Center for the Promotion of Social and Emotional Learning to investigate their sessions and offerings for our annual faculty conference. With a list of my needs in hand, the staff at the Center went to work and they were able to find seven fantastic presenters and sessions that fulfilled my needs far above and beyond what I had hoped. We will definitely be working with the Center for years to come!
CPSEL provided excellent professional development and follow-up support that enabled our district to cultivate growth mindset, grit and optimism into our district’s culture. I truly believe that schools must attend to the non-academic factors that set the stage for students to grow academically and the Center is an excellent resource for making that happen!
I attended a professional development session provided by the Center for the Promotion of Social and Emotional Learning. I was so impressed by the competency of our presenter that I booked her to work with my own staff! The Center representative worked with me to custom design a session based on my general topic idea. The result was a presentation that perfectly matched my goals and suited the unique needs of the staff. The presentation more than met my expectations. The presenter’s easy manner and affable personality endeared her quickly to the participants and their reviews of the session reflected how much they enjoyed the time she spent with them. I will definitely use the Center again for future professional development needs!