School Professional Development
eLearning Courses and Programs

Social emotional learning (SEL), central purpose of YCDI!

YCDI! offers range of SEL PD programs (principals, teachers).

eLearning program trains staff in teaching of YCDI! school-wide.

eLearning program helps strengthen resilience of staff.

eLearning Program
E1. Social-Emotional Learning for All. Best Practice of You Can Do It! Education

Our most popular and successful PD course is now available to complete online.

Professor Michael Bernard explains the best way to implement YCDI! Education, including how to use our online curricula and integrate SEL in classrooms and school-wide.Individuals can complete this 9-module, 4-hour online eLearning course with an accompanying 100+ page digital guide in more than one sitting.For new and experienced teachers, this course gives the best practice for teaching YCDI! Education.
The course was really interesting, a fabulous refresher of the research behind YCDI! and the components of the program. Audio and video clips showing the language of YCDI! in action were especially helpful in giving examples of how to frame conversations with students and parents. The points for reflection at the end of each module helped consolidate my thinking. Having the accompanying course guide was so helpful as I didn’t need to furiously scribble down notes as I was listening. As someone who has used the YCDI! program for over 10 years, the Best Practice course was so valuable in re-centering my thinking.
Peita van Bussel
Transition to Year 2 Coordinator, Abbotsleigh

eLearning Program

E2. The Resilient Educator

As the demands on educators continue to increase, now is the time for teachers to prioritise their wellbeing. By building resilience, teachers can overcome the challenges they face and inspire their students to do the same.

This 4-module eLearning course, with an accompanying 35-page digital guide, will

  1. strengthen participants’ social-emotional capabilities and

  2. ‘acquaint’ and personalise participants with the attitudes and social-emotional skills teachers present to students as they employ social-emotional programs like Program Achieve.

Professor Michael Bernard joined Positive Schools in 2017 to deliver an outstanding keynote presentation on building resiliency. He presented with a perfect blend of humour, sincerity and knowledge, assuring that the audience were engaged, informed and inspired. His content rich presentation offered useful information and a wealth of practical strategies to help teachers build their own resiliency and also better support their colleagues and students. He received unanimously fabulous feedback from delegates and other presenters.
Dr. Helen Street
Co-Chair, Positive Schools Initiative
The You Can Do It! Education Resource Book

The You Can Do It! Education Resource Book – What it is. Why we need it. How to do it.
is a must-have collection of downloadable, shareable resources for educators that support, energise and build competence in social-emotional learning.

This comprehensive collection of 80+ YCDI! Insights include brief articles on how to use YCDI!s Program Achieve curriculum, best classroom and school-wide practices, surveys, posters, award certificates, parent education, overcoming student social-emotional difficulties, implementation guidelines and much more!

It is an invaluable online resource ideal for teachers wishing to learn more about explaining and teaching students positive attitudes and social-emotional skills.

Unsurprisingly, evaluations of social and emotional learning programs reveal that for a maximum number of students to be positively affected by SEL programs, SEL must occur beyond just the regular teaching of lessons from SEL curricula (e.g., Program Achieve).

Stress Management for Teachers and Principals: A Professional Development Program

Schools and their principals have a great responsibility towards their staff’s mental health and wellbeing. Continuing professional development is an ideal starting point for this.

By offering Stress Management for Teachers and Principals schools can help build their psychological resilience and equip them with the skills to cope with the challenges and demands of their job.

Coaching Teachers and Parents to Build Social-Emotional Strengths of Students with Achievement, Behaviour and Mental Health Issues

Written for educators and mental health practitioners responsible for developing plans and programs for individual students of all ages who have behaviour problems, under-achieve, and excessively worry.

Through their investigations, Dr Michael Bernard and international researchers uncovered delays in the social-emotional development of these students.

Teachers and parents require a skill set to build the SELs of these students. This resource helps coach teachers and parents of identified/referred students in steps to take to build their social-emotional strengths.

Attitudes and Behaviours for Learning (AB4L): A Professional Development Program to Offer at Your School

The AB4L program is designed for professional development coordinators and leaders who conduct teacher training sessions (e.g., curriculum coordinator, special educator, school psychologist, school principal/deputy).

Extensive research with students who underperform in their reading and maths reveals significant delays in their attitudes and behaviours needed for learning engagement. In a short period, teachers who participate in AB4L learn how to teach students to recognise negative and positive self-talk and behaviours for learning needed for classroom instruction, small group and dyadic work, and homework. Published research has shown this has a very positive impact.

Watch our video on Teaching Social-Emotional skills
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