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SEL and Distance Learning: Empowering Your Students

Learn strategies & tools for your students’ social-emotional learning (SEL) and distance learning in this professional development course for teachers.

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All learners will receive a certificate for 10 professional development hours upon completion of a PowerPD unit
"'I would like to be able to save some of this material to present to my team at my school."
Hilary Pyle
Washington Township Schools
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Joann Pichardo
New York City Public Schools

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Course Overview

Teaching Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) is extremely important right now.

Everyone is under tremendous pressure and the future feels more unpredictable than ever. Many students are experiencing high levels of stress as school schedules, environments, and social interactions have changed due to the coronavirus pandemic. School—whether it’s done online, in person, or a mix of the two—can give students a sense of normalcy. But it’s important to acknowledge the anxiety students might be feeling. Chronic stress and trauma can interrupt the learning process. You, as educators, can help by incorporating social-emotional learning (SEL) in your teaching, and this online professional development course will give you the tools you need to be successful in doing so!
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Course Objectives

In this course, you will explore helpful strategies and tools to support your students’ social-emotional development in a virtual setting during the COVID-era and beyond.

In this course, participants will:

  • Discover the brain science behind social-emotional learning and how it can inform your teaching
  • Explore the creative options for reinforcing SEL principles remotely
  • Learn new methods to differentiate instruction and foster a positive learning environment, and how these methods can be employed via an online interface
  • Identify SEL practices that most closely align with academic subject-based goals and can be easily incorporated into their current online-based methods
  • Develop lesson plans incorporating new strategies to improve engagement and learning outcomes


"I am grateful for the opportunity to learn and acquire knowledge from the professionals in Brain Power Academy. As an assistant teacher I continue to learn about and improve on strategies presented in these professional development courses. This helps me take the instruction from theory to actuality & to put it in action, especially during this COVID-19 critical season. Thank you for providing tools that help us to help & reach our students and families during this most difficult time."
Ana Rodriguez
Northwest Middle School
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Who is this course for?
This course is recommended for classroom teachers and special education teachers, particularly those who work with students in grades 3 - 9. Additionally, support staff and other individuals who work with students to support their social-emotional development would benefit from the skills and strategies mentioned throughout this course. 
Course Structure
All Brain Power Academy Online Professional Development Courses consist of a blend of learning elements to engage you and empower you to implement new strategies and techniques with your students.
Lessons consist of:

  • Engaging videos
  • Reading materials
  • Lesson assessments
  • Practice activities to apply strategies and techniques
  • Opportunities for reflection
  • Printable takeaways
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The Brain Power Academy Team

Experienced educators and neuroscientists.

The Brain Power Academy Team is composed of neuroscientists, educators, and mental health experts who are dedicated to creating the best PD to empower you in the classroom. We specialize in translating the latest neuroscience research into easy, ready-to-use techniques and exercises that assist teaching and learning in this new distanced-learning environment.

Gain the skills and knowledge you need to effectively teach in today's challenging environment!

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course take place?

All of our PowerPD units are self-guided so you can explore at your own pace! Once you enroll in a unit, you will have lifetime access through your Brain Power Academy account. 

Our units are setup to allow for free navigation; however, we recommending completing the lesson activities in order for full synthesis of the content. 
To navigate through a unit, click on the lesson from the unit's landing page, or click on “Continue Learning” to be redirected into the course player. By doing this, you will always continue straight from the last learning activity you have visited. 
Once inside a lesson, you will see all of the different learning activities on the left-hand menu, and the content will appear on the right. Use the left and right arrows to navigate.

How do I complete the course?

In order to complete a professional development course, learners must complete all learning activities within the course (including all videos, articles, reflection activities, assignments, and quizzes) in order to be awarded a certificate of completion. 

What kind of content can I expect to see in this course?

Access multimodal content including voiceover slide presentations, articles, videos, and other supplementary resources within all of the PowerPD lessons!

Can I receive professional development credit for this course?

All of Brain Power Academy's online professional development courses are eligible for 10 Professional Development Hours/Professional Development Points (PDPs). Learners must complete all learning activities within a unit (including all videos, articles, reflection activities, assignments, and quizzes) in order to be awarded a certificate of completion. 
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