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Why is Social Emotional Learning important for our education system?

For hundreds of years, education has been defined by intellectual growth, which is essential but constrictive as it does not prepare us for challenges in the world outside. Education should encompass not only intellectual learning that is supported by formal systems, but also social and emotional growth and other forms of learning that comprises of informal education.

At The SEL lab, we envision the social-emotional learning to be integrated and adopted within every formal education curriculum so every student has an opportunity to develop their emotional intelligence without having to rely on the external experiential factors alone.


We believe that Social-Emotional Learning is essential in creating global citizens in a complex, challenging and transforming world today.

 

Compassionate Integrity Training for Educators 

 

About Compassionate Integrity Training for Educators

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Compassionate Integrity Training (CIT) is a multi-part training program that cultivates basic human values as skills for the purpose of increasing individual, social and environmental flourishing. By covering a range of skills from self-regulation and self-compassion to compassion for others and engagement with complex systems. CIT is based on cutting-edge developments in the fields of neuroscience, psychology, trauma- informed care, peace and conflict studies, and contemplative science. It builds off of work done by Daniel Goleman (author of the book Emotional Intelligence) and Peter Senge, initiatives in Social and Emotional Learning (SEL), and other areas. Its development has been aided by the collaborative work of a team of experts with both academic and applied backgrounds in these areas.

The “Three-in-Three” Education Model:

Each CIT module utilizes a “three-in- three” educational model that integrates three domains of knowledge and three levels of understanding. The three domains begin with a focus on the self (Self-Cultivation), then move to others (Relating to Others), and finally to a systems-perspective, meaning the larger networks we exist in (Engaging in Systems).


Series I: Self-Cultivation

1. Calming Body and Mind

2. Ethical Mindfulness

3. Emotional Awareness

4. Self-Compassion


Series II: Relating to Others

5. Impartiality and Common Humanity

6. Forgiveness and Gratitude

7. Empathic Concern

8. Compassion


Series III: Engaging in Systems

9. Appreciating Interdependence

10. Engaging with Discernment


Additionally, each module in CIT is intended to allow participants to progress through three levels of understanding. In CIT, it is important that knowledge not remain at an intellectual level; to be effective, it must lead to realizations and lasting changes in behavior. Knowledge becomes transformative when it moves from head to heart to hand. The three levels of understanding are:


1. Received Knowledge: This refers to learning new information and developing a clear understanding of a particular topic.


2. Critical Insight: This is when the participant, through exercises and practices, uses his or her own life experiences and reason to come to a flash of personal insight, an “a-ha moment,” when he or she realizes how the knowledge relates to his or her own life.


3. Embodied Understanding: Moments of critical insight are often not powerful enough to dislodge habits. Therefore, embodied understanding refers to the deepening and further internalizing of knowledge so that it becomes second- nature and spontaneous — not just something one knows, but part of who one is. This happens through repeated practice and continued reflection on one’s critical insights. This is where knowledge (including the knowledge and skills of self-compassion, compassion, integrity and so on) becomes transformative at its deepest level.


Each CIT module includes content for received knowledge, activities for achieving critical insight and guided reflective practices for deepening insights into embodied understanding. Once a participant completes CIT, they are eligible to enroll in the CIT Facilitator Training program.

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Why “secular” ethics?
Although CIT deals with values and concepts like compassion and integrity, it is based on a secular approach to universal ethics based on common sense, common experience and science, rather than a particular culture or religion. Secular ethics can be useful to people of any or no religious background, while not conflicting with any particular religious values. The word “secular” in no way implies a stance that is against religion; on the contrary, it implies inclusivity and a respect for all. This approach to ethics has been advocated by organizations such as the Sustainable Development Solutions Network of the United Nations through its World Happiness Report and individuals such as His Holiness the Dalai Lama. The United Nations Declaration on Human Rights of 1948 was also based on a secularized philosophy of universal values, which took all human beings, all nations, all cultures and all religions and non-believers into account.

 

CIT for Educators in South Asia 2022

Applications open for 2022!

The SEL Lab's Compassionate Integrity Training for Educators in South Asia 2022 was created with the intention of bringing formal and informal educators from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Myanmar, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka together in order to equip them with a curriculum to enhance their social emotional learning capabilities, and enable them to take the skills back into their communities.

 

CIT for Educators in Africa 2021

The SEL Lab is proud and honoured to support Mindful African's CIT for educators 2021 bringing together educators from all nations of the African contingent to equip them with a curriculum to enhance their social emotional learning capabilities, and enable them to take the skills back into their communities.

 

Completed programs 2021

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Program: Educators in South Asia 2021
Curriculum: Compassionate Integrity Training
Graduated in April 2021

In partnership with Life University, (Atlanta, Georgia, USA) The SEL Lab has come together to select a limited number of passionate and committed educators in the region of Jammu & Kashmir to participate in an upcoming Compassionate Integrity Training (CIT) program to further develop their capabilities in Social and Emotional Learning. 

            

‘Compassionate Integrity Training’ (CIT) is a multi-part training program developed by the Center for Compassion, Integrity, and Secular Ethics (CCISE) at Life University that cultivates basic human values as skills for the purpose of increasing individual, social and environmental flourishing.

Compassionate Integrity Training for Educators in South Asia 2021 was created with the intention of bringing formal and informal educators from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Myanmar, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka together in order to equip them with a curriculum to enhance their social emotional learning capabilities, and enable them to take the skills back into their communities.

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                                                    Educators in South Asia 2021 graduates map

Graduate engagement going forward: 

  1. Monthly practice group for all graduates to keep the community engaged and promote cross border collaboration and dialogue. 

  2. All graduates are part of the Global Education Network. 

  3. 20 participants will go onto becoming facilitators to further multiple the spread of SEL skills into their communities.

 

The SEL Lab's Educator Community:
Testimonials

 
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Mohammad Afzal Zarghoni
Researcher, Peacebuilder, Fellow at KAICIID
AFGHANISTAN

"The CIT South Asia program at The SEL Lab gave me an insight on human values for social and emotional flourishing. It has improved my ability to have empathic concern which is essential for a war zone country like Afghanistan, which has been suffering for 44 years, in complex and proxy conflict, which has a direct impact on my daily life and collective flourishing."