Prior to the workshop, CED spent time meeting with headquarters staff to gauge their knowledge around social-emotional learning and their ideas regarding implementation. Through brief one-on-one interviews, CED met with staff to hear their ideas and perspectives. We reviewed this data, presented our findings and then co-designed a professional development workshop for staff based on their specific needs.
The final result was a four hour immersive workshop for headquarters staff. Participants read and discussed academic articles on social-emotional learning, worked on a series of hands-on activities and then developed a working statement around their vision of social emotional learning for their targeted youth group. CED then conducted a post-workshop analysis to create recommended next steps.