Teaching SEL in Health Education

Learn to implement SEL-aligned instruction in your skills-based health education curriculum

As schools continue to prioritize social and emotional learning (SEL), health and physical educators must intentionally integrate SEL in their teaching practice.

SHAPE America’s all-new professional learning experience (PLE) was created to help you with that process. The four-module program combines high-quality professional development with enrollment in a private professional learning community (PLC).

Through this professional learning experience, you will explore each of the SEL competencies and learn how to teach them in a K-12 skills-based health education classroom. The program’s content is based on the text Teaching Social and Emotional Learning in Health Education by Mary Connolly.

About This Program

The Teaching SEL in Health Education professional learning experience includes four modules designed to provide you with the understanding and pedagogical practices needed to implement SEL-aligned instruction in your own classes.

The program will be held over the course of four months — August through November 2023 — giving you time for practice, reflection, and interaction with your peers. Each module includes:

  • Self-guided study through chapter readings and assignments
  • Recorded video instruction (earn one SHAPE America Contact Hour per video)
  • Connection, collaboration, and engagement in the private PLC
  • Live Zoom instruction with Mary Connolly, textbook author, and renowned health education scholar

This PLE is the perfect solution if you want to learn more than you would in a standard webinar but don’t have time to commit to an extensive online course.


  • Complete the self-guided study component (for each module) at a time and place that works best for you.
  • Gain support and perspective from peers across the country … not just within your school district.
  • Learn directly from the expert who literally “wrote the book” on teaching SEL in skills-based health education.
Key Details

Name: Teaching SEL in Health Education

Type: Self-Guided Study + Live Zoom Instruction + Private PLC

Timeline: August through November 2023 (live Zoom sessions to be held at 7 p.m. ET on August 21, September 18, October 16, and November 13)

Topic: Curriculum & Instruction

Grade Level: K-12

PD Credits: 4 SHAPE America Contact Hours (for the pre-recorded videos)

Audience: Health and Physical Education Teachers

Included Materials: 365-day access to e-book, Teaching Social and Emotional Learning in Health Education (a $33.95 value)

SHAPE America Members Save!
$184 Select and Premier Members
$214 Basic Members
$264 Non-Members

Key Points
  • Convenient, online access
  • Private learning community (PLC)
  • Four live meetings
    (August – November 2023)
  • Earn up to four SHAPE America Contact Hours

Individuals who complete the full series will earn a total of four SHAPE America Contact Hours.

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For more than 130 years, SHAPE America has been setting the standard for effective health and physical education.

Our National Standards for K-12 Physical Education and National Health Education Standards serve as the foundation for health and PE programs nationwide, and our advocacy efforts have led to legislative victories for the health and physical education profession.

We know you have many choices when it comes to professional development. Thank you for joining the thousands of HPE professionals who use SHAPE America’s resources to elevate their teaching and advance their career. As a nonprofit organization, we appreciate and rely on your continued support.

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