PL-CI-515 Supporting Students' Social and Emotional Growth Within the Classroom (PK-5)


PL-CI-515 Supporting Students' Social and Emotional Growth Within the Classroom (PK-5)


Wednesday, February 15, 2017                    4:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017                          4:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017                          4:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017                        4:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017                        4:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017                        4:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017                          4:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. (Snow Date)

The Professional Learning Committee is proud to offer this course for the Spring 2017 semester that will be taught by our own LPS faculty.

This course is designed for anyone looking to expand his or her understanding of social thinking concepts and strategies for teaching students about pro-social behavior in the classroom. The course will focus on the Michelle Garcia Winner Social Thinking curriculum as well as incorporate some of the practices of Zones of Regulation and other social problem solving curriculums and methodologies.  Additionally, participants will have the opportunity to plan, design, and create relevant intervention materials to use with students.

Course Objectives:

  • Understand the intricacies of the social environment and social development in students PK-5
  • Identify examples of pro-social or antisocial behavior and student difficulty areas
  • Understand and be able to implement elements of the Michelle Garcia Winner Superflex Social Thinking Curriculum and other Pro-social curriculums and methodologies
  • Understand and be able to incorporate social thinking strategies and vocabulary into instructional practices and interactions with students
  • Develop and design social thinking lessons related to their current grade level or position that will support students in the 2016-2017 school year.


Quotes from LPS colleagues who have taken this course in prior


“This course was extremely comprehensive – good, hands-on suggestions – lots of resource information.”

“4+++!” (on a scale of 1-4)

“(I am taking away) … a stronger sense of language around social thinking and how to incorporate activities to promote social learning/social language strategies with my whole class.”

About the Facilitators: Joan Strodel M.Ed. CCC-SLP, Karen Morin MS SLP-CCC-SLP

Joan and Karen are Speech & Language Pathologists that teach in the Lexington Public Schools. Karen teaches at Hastings Elementary and Joan currently teaches at Bowman School. They work with students with social thinking and perspective-taking challenges, and have attended social thinking trainings by Michelle Garcia Winner, Ross Greene, and Stuart Ablon. Joan and Karen provide individual and small group instruction supporting students’ social skill development, theory of mind skill development and social problem solving.  Additionally, they have implemented and provided social skills instruction and strategies in the regular education classrooms to address pro-social and behavioral needs, and have provided support staff trainings on social thinking and perspective-taking as part of the Hastings support staff trainings and Lexington Learns Together. Recently, Karen participated in an LEF grant in which she and colleagues developed social skill lessons and collected materials to support social skill instruction.

Location: Hastings Elementary School, Room 14

Who May Enroll: PK-5 educators, special educators, social workers, counselors or administrators

PD Credits: 15 PDPs /1 in-house credit upon successful completion of course requirements (optional 1 portable graduate credit offered for purchase through Endicott College)

Class Size: 25


Kristen McGrath
Phone: 781-861-2580 x68043


Seat Availability: 11 of 25 available.
Last day to register: 2/11/2017

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Hastings Elementary School
7 Crosby Road
Lexington, MA 02421The zipcode must be numeric with at least five numbers.