Learn how to support healthy and equity-oriented social-emotional learning (SEL) in your classrooms, schools, and organizations.

The Penn GSE Social-Emotional Teaching and Learning program is designed for educators, administrators, and leaders looking to deepen their understanding of what equity-oriented SEL entails and integrate it into their professional practice. Over the course of 5 weeks, you will not only learn about SEL theory, but also engage in structured opportunities to translate theory into practice. Along the way, you will work closely with small groups of peers, allowing you to connect with and learn from a professional network that shares your commitment to this important work.

What Sets Us Apart

  Engage in an innovative curriculum from the #1 Graduate School of Education
  Connect and learn with a network of peers who share your commitment to equitable SEL
  Gain actionable strategies to implement in your professional context

About the Program

In a world where technology overuse, depression and anxiety, and divisiveness are on the rise, healthy and equity-oriented social-emotional learning is more important than ever.  But where should educators begin?

Program StartMarch 28, 2023

Program Length5 weeks


  • Penn GSE Certificate of Participation
  • ACT 48 credits for Pennsylvania educators


  • Standard rate: $600
  • Early bird rate: $450 (available up until 1 month before the program start date)

This program has a set of scholarships reserved for educators in the School District of Philadelphia. If you’re interested in this opportunity, please see the Scholarships section of the program registration form.

20% off program fee available for groups of 5+ from the same organization. Contact ProfessionalLearning@gse.upenn.edu for more information.

Tag Options

  • Professional Development
  • Teaching and Learning

Through a combination of synchronous sessions and asynchronous work, the Penn GSE Social-Emotional Teaching and Learning program guides participants in exploring the theory and practice of this topic, addressing questions such as:

  • What is SEL, and how does it work?
  • How can I plan for SEL? What are some research-backed strategies for intentionally integrating it into my professional practice?
  • What is social-emotional modeling, why does it matter, and how can I do it?

Participants will have the opportunity to learn from Penn GSE faculty who specialize in SEL and teacher education, as well as from fellow practitioners who will serve as a community of practice for continued support and collaboration.


This program includes both live virtual sessions and asynchronous work to be completed between sessions.

Ideal Candidates

  • K-12 teachers and administrators
  • Instructional leaders (e.g., coaches, mentors, professional development leaders)
  • Higher education teachers and administrators
  • Individuals interested in supporting others' social-emotional growth

Our Faculty

To see an updated list of this cohort’s facilitators, please click the Learn More button and refer to the program brochure.

Penn GSE Faculty Angela Duckworth
Rosa Lee and Egbert Chang Professor, Penn Arts & Sciences
Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania
Penn GSE Faculty Zachary Herrmann
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Ed.L.D., Harvard University
Penn GSE Faculty Elizabeth Mackenzie
Adjunct Associate Professor
Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania
Penn GSE Faculty Taylor Hausburg
Teacher Program Lead
Penn GSE Center for Professional Learning
Penn GSE Faculty Charlotte E. Jacobs
Director, Independent School Teaching Residency
Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania
Penn GSE Faculty Whitney Polk
Ph.D., Harvard University
Penn GSE Faculty Sharon M. Ravitch
Professor of Practice
Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania
Penn GSE Faculty Jenny Mills, M.Ed.
Founder, Roots & Wings LLC
Social-Emotional Learning and Trauma Coordinator, Penn Literacy Network
Penn GSE Faculty Marsha Richardson
Senior Lecturer and Director, School and Mental Health Counseling Program
Psy.D., Widener University

What Program Alumni Are Saying

"It has given me a whole new way to think about how to help my students learn.”

"The SETL training has been transformative and meaningful for my personal and professional growth… supporting my focus towards the promotion of cultures of care in school/education communities.”

"Honestly, this might have been the best PD I've ever attended.”