Integrating SEL and Academics in Middle and High School Classrooms: Fostering Responsible Decision-Making Skills in Academic Classes (Session 5 of 5)

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January 31 @ 12:30 pm 2:30 pm


Maureen Chapman and James Simons, Co-Founders, cor creative partners


In the midst of the pandemic, students are struggling to activate the academic and social-emotional skills needed to complete complex, grade-appropriate work. In order to support these students, educators need practical, manageable strategies for integrating social-emotional learning in their content areas. This webinar series offers actionable ideas for teaching and assessing the five CASEL competencies of Self-Awareness, Self-Management, Social Awareness, Relationships Skills, and Responsible Decision-Making. By integrating SEL and academics, educators can strengthen students’ subject-specific skills, increase equity, get to know their kids better, and reconnect with their love of teaching.

In this session, educators practice simple strategies for teaching and assessing responsible decision-making in their subject areas. Participants learn how to empower their students to analyze data, think critically, and make choices that are conducive to personal, social, and collective wellbeing and growth. 


All sessions are 12:30 – 2:30 pm.

  • Session 1: November 29, 2022, Fostering Self-Awareness Skills in Academic Courses
  • Session 2: December 6, 2022, Fostering Social Awareness Skills in Academic Classes
  • Session 3: December 20, 2022, Fostering Social Awareness Skills in Academic Classes
  • Session 4: January 17, 2023, Fostering Relationship Skills in Academic Classes
About the SpeakerS

Maureen Chapman (she/her) designs and delivers joyful professional development programs to support other educators as they work to care for their students and themselves through her work as the co-founder of cor creative partners. Before founding cor creative partners, Maureen was a long-time classroom teacher and school leader. She taught in classrooms at all levels, spending nine years teaching middle school Latin. During her eight years as a school leader, Maureen held various roles, overseeing curriculum, resources, student data, instructional coaching, professional development, and career education.

James Simons (he/him) is the co-founder of cor creative partners, an education professional development company. In his work, James aims to increase individual and organizational growth capacity, improve the educator experience, increase educator retention, and contribute to conditions that are conducive to equitable outcomes for all educators and students. Prior to co-founding cor creative partners, James served as a high-school principal and dean of students, instructional coach, middle- and high-school English teacher, visual storyteller, and writer.

Participants must attend all 5 sessions, either live or recorded, to receive PDPs and/or CEUs. If you are not eligible for PDPs and/or CEUs, you may apply for a Certificate of Attendance.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about participating in the webinar. Following the live webinar, registrants will be emailed a link to view the recorded webinar. The recording will be made available for 72 hours after each session.

Membership Information

Most MPY webinars are available to ONLY current staff from member districts and organizations. Public school memberships include police and fire personnel. Former and retired employees and members of committees, including but not limited to, PTO/PTA, PAC, School Improvement Councils, Health Councils, Drug/Alcohol Councils, and school volunteers, are not considered MPY members.

PDPs and CEUs

MPY is an approved Professional Development Provider through the Massachusetts Department of Elementary & Secondary Education (Provider No. F20180079). Professional Development Points (PDPs) are offered for all MPY professional development webinars. PDPs are issued for a minimum of 10 hours of training.

Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are available for clinical staff from the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) and the Massachusetts Mental Health Counselors Association, Inc. (MaMHCA). The NASW and the MaMHCA approves each event.

Following the final webinar in a series, participants will receive an email with information to apply for PDPs and/or CEUs. PDPs and CEUs will only be issued to participants who have attended the webinar(s) and submitted the requested information.

Event Cancellation Policy

If you are unable to attend a MPY webinar, you must cancel through your Zoom confirmation email one business day before the webinar. For MPY in-person conferences, registration closes 72 hours before the in-person conference by emailing You may not switch your registration from in-person to virtual after registration closes.