Adult SEL & Professional Development


The Nevada Department of Education recognizes that implementing effective and sustainable social, emotional and academic development in schools must begin with the adults within the school community. It is important for educational leaders and all school staff to understand, practice and model skills related to the five CASEL competencies before integrating or explicitly teaching SEAD skills to students. 

Adult SEL Professional Development

The Nevada SEAD Center

The Nevada (Social, Emotional & Academic Development) SEAD Center is open to ALL educators. The SEAD Center is a free virtual support system and statewide community of educators developing social, emotional, and academic development skills that reinforce equitable environments and student success.
The SEAD Center provides an array of support resources, professional development, and advising opportunities including:

  • Professional Development modules (15 CEU/hours)
  • On-going training & coaching
  • Live SEL/SEAD Office Hours
  • Guest Speaker Series
  • Lunchbox Learning Sessions
  • Statewide SEAD Community of Practice
  • SELfCare Support Groups
  • Online Resource Library
  • Book Studies
  • Discussion Threads
  • Daily Wellness Videos & Resources  

The Washington SEL Online Education Modules provide direct training on social emotional learning (SEL) for individuals or groups. After a free registration, anyone can view the modules online. The modules are filled with interactive activities and discussion points, especially effective when completed in groups.

The Ready, Set, Rise! e-Learning Modules help educators gain a foundational understanding of trauma-informed educational practices and policies. This series covers core social and emotional learning concepts, as well as logistical and administrative concerns regarding planning, implementing, and sustaining trauma-informed practices in schools.

In partnership with Alliance for a Healthier Generation and Discovery Education, Kaiser Permanente is empowering schools to create safe and supportive learning environment and promoting social-emotional well-being through the Resilience in School Environments (RISE) initiative.


Educators are often reminded of the importance of self-care. However, knowing where to start or how to find the time to take care of oneself is often a challenge, particularly during times of uncertainty. Know that there are no right or wrong ways to take care of oneself and that effective self-care is unique to the needs of each individual.
Resources for self-care during COVID 19:

SEAD/SEL and Equity

According to the Stanford Center for Education Policy Analysis (2020), “Reducing educational inequality is a priority for educators, administrators, and policymakers” because current research indicates that inequality “still features prominently in the US educational system...” Nevada educators know this to be true, as well. The COVID 19 pandemic has shined a spotlight on such inequities. This spotlight emphasizes the importance of supporting educators to become equity literate. Equity Literacy is defined as “a framework for cultivating the knowledge and skills that enable us to be a threat to the existence of inequity in our spheres of influence. More than cultural competence or diversity awareness, equity literacy prepares us to see even subtle ways in which access and opportunity are distributed unfairly (” Modeling and practicing Adult SEL, as well as integrating SEAD to school culture and explicitly teaching the five competencies can decrease implicit bias, increase cultural responsiveness, and as a result helping Nevada educators be a threat to inequities in education.

Furthermore, the Nevada Department of Education includes information and training on Culturally Responsive Practices (CRP) at the Nevada SEAD Center.. Culturally Responsive Practices highlight strategies for increasing awareness, teaching and learning in the context of students’ and adults’ cultural identity and life experiences. Proficiency in Adult SEL skills in the area of each competency (Self-Awareness, Self-Management, Social Awareness, Relationship-Skills and Responsible Decision-Making) foster an educator’s ability to be culturally responsive.

Finally, see 2018 Aspen Institute publication, Pursuing Social and Emotional Development Through a Racial Equity Lens: A Call to Action, on which Christy McGill Director of the Office for a Safe and Respectful Learning Environment, collaborated as a resource for SEAD integration through the lens of Equity. 

SEAD/SEL and Equity Additional Resources

Disclaimer: The Nevada Department of Education does not in any way signify the endorsement or recommendation of any resources provided. The resources are provided as a convenience.