School Professional Development eLearning
Programs and Online Resources

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

Over the past two decades, 100s of schools have invited YCDI! trainers to present a half-day workshop on resilience to teachers, school principals and school business managers.

Now available online, this 4-module eLearning course, with an accompanying 35-page digital guide, will1. strengthen participants’ social-emotional capabilities, and2. ‘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: Classroom and School-wide Practices for Social and Emotional Learning

The YCDI! Resource Book is invaluable for those responsible for supporting the implementation of YCDI! Education at their school is ongoing professional development.

This online resource is ideal for teachers wishing to learn more about explaining and teaching positive attitudes and social-emotional skills to students, including supportive classroom and school-wide practices.

It is no surprise that 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

Today, schools and school principals are responsible for supporting the mental health and wellbeing of staff, and continuing professional development is an obvious place to start.

Stress Management for Teachers and Principals enables schools to build the psychological capital of staff (who they are as people) to manage stress and cope with the myriad of challenges and demands of working and teaching in schools.

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, Professor 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.

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