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Introducing 25 New Elementary SEL Courses from BASE Education

Introducing 25 New Elementary SEL Courses from BASE Education

Today, we’re excited to announce that CASEL-approved, BASE Education has expanded its SEL course offerings to include 25 new elementary courses covering universal topics such as respect, coping strategies, digital safety, bullying, and more. This powerful new suite means that BASE Education can now provide 100 courses across grades 1–12. The addition of these BASE Education elementary courses provide a whole-district solution that brings all students and educators social-emotional curriculum rooted in mental health and wellness principles and underscored by clinical research.

 

 

What can you expect in these new courses?

These new elementary courses are designed to be developmentally appropriate, and they will deliver learning using student voice through short videos and teacher-guided group learning. While this is a different model of delivery from our existing library—which offers an interactive, student-directed model—the elementary courses still prioritize opportunities for reflection, skill building, and planning. 

Each course will include a short, video-based lesson that is no more than eight minutes in length, paired with a printable educator guide and worksheet for grades 1–2 and grades 3–5, to support whole-class or small-group learning opportunities. These combined resources allow learning to happen in one lesson or to be broken into shorter segments throughout the week.

Introducing 25 New Elementary SEL Courses from BASE Education

How can these new elementary courses be used?

BASE Education courses are designed to work within the structures and frameworks that your school or district is already using. Accordingly, it is intended to complement positive behavioral interventions and supports (PBIS) and multi-tiered systems of supports (MTSS), and it also supports whole-group learning aligned to thematic school goals and character education.

Instead of requiring students to log in individually, courses are launched from the educator portal. The teacher can start the video lesson and project on a whiteboard or via video conferencing so that all students get a friendly, personable introduction to the material, hearing from other students in their age group. Then, educators can utilize the printable guides to explore a suggested lesson plan that uses a familiar gradual release model, incorporating discussion and independent offline practice.

Having differentiated guides with different activities and worksheets for lower and upper elementary grades allows teachers to meet the unique needs of their group or to revisit a skill during an intervention block. All of the guides also include related readings, allowing educators to extend learning into ELA and other subjects to reinforce themes and support integration. Many worksheets can be kept by students to use as visual prompts for skill memory, reinforcement at home, or even anchor charts for norm setting.

These age-appropriate courses will help students understand and reflect on important real-life skills, setting a strong foundation in mental health and wellness to foster more engaged, successful academic learning.

Want to learn more? Register now for our live webinar on March 16 for an exciting look at the new courses and additional tips for implementation in the elementary classroom. Can’t attend live? Register anyway, and we’ll send you a recording afterward to watch on your own time!

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Jen Perry

Jen joined Edmentum as the Learning Designer for Social-Emotional Learning after 30+ years of work with youth in educational and community settings. As a teacher, administrator, and trainer, her passion has been to help educators develop an understanding of the importance of social and emotional learning and build trauma-informed responses and systems. This work has included supporting youth, administrators, and schools in understanding behavior and implementing transformational change through strength-based approaches.