Erikson Social & Emotional Learning

Love Causes Learning: A Training Series on Social & Emotional Learning for Early Childhood Teachers in HawaiiErikson2019-01

Erikson Institute, the nation’s premier graduate school in early childhood development, in partnership with Chaminade University of Honolulu and the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Center for Early Education and Development (CEED), offers a yearlong professional development series designed to deepen teachers’ understanding of social and emotional learning (SEL) in the classroom.

This training is free to participants. Together, we are grateful for the commitment and continued generosity of the Samuel N. and Mary Castle Foundation for continuing to make opportunities like these possible.


Registration for 2020 cohort is open! Click here to register by November 12th. The cohort will meet six times throughout the year (see below) and offer an engaging professional development opportunity for many across the state. You will be notified if you have been accepted by December 4, 2019.

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Training Dates for 2020 – 2021

  • February 22nd – whole cohort on Oahu
  • May 2nd – in-person or by video conference
  • September 12th – in-person or by video conference
  • November 7th – in-person or by video conference
  • January 23, 2021 – in-person or by video conference
  • February 20, 2021 – whole cohort on Oahu

More about the Erikson Social and Emotional Learning Series

Through day-long face-to-face sessions, live web-labs, and an online community of practice, teachers will engage in hands-on/minds-on exploration of SEL as the basis for all other learning that takes place in your classroom. Teachers will gain knowledge, learn new practical activities, and practice advocating for SEL concepts to parents and other adults who are invested in the work you do with children. Each SEL topic will be explored for its relevance to three main “audiences”: children, teachers, and the larger community.

Download a copy of the 2020 informational sheet for this series. Print an extra for sharing too!


Participants Receive

  • Multiple resource materials, e.g., mindfulness chime, comfort objects, calming strategy cards, mindful coloring sheets (created by an artist on our team), and the Big Feelings Care Plan poster.

  • Children’s books demonstrating SEL concepts (e.g., “Steps and Stones”).

  • Onward workbook by Elena Aguilar to facilitate online coaching.

  • Ongoing professional support in an online community of practice.

  • Close work with expert facilitators from Erikson Institute and committed colleagues in Hawaii.

Erikson Facilitators will support teachers in developing an online community of practice with their Hawaii colleagues: a place where teachers can respond to facilitator prompts, post photo and video evidence of practice, and discuss growth and change in practice.

Preparing & Sharing: A Celebration of Learning

As part of the final day of face-to-face learning lab in February 2021, teachers will share documentation panel about new SEL experiences they have had over the year.