Are you ready to

Calm Your Classroom,

Ease Your Burnout

& Make a Difference Every Day? 

Finally understand how to build strong relationships and healthy social-emotional skills with this proven method that won’t allow a single student to slip through the cracks.

 

Fact: Kids don’t always come to school ready to learn…

…and some days, that means you have to sail some rough seas.

Have you been here before?

Aiden made another rukus on the bus, but somehow he made it into your classroom and is now all kinds of ramped up!

Mikayla had a fight with her mom this morning.  She walks slowly into the room: head down, shoulders slumped.  She’s in her seat, but you’re pretty sure she won’t lift her head off her desk.

Willow just got a disturbing text between classes and now she’s  devastated and distracted.  She may be looking at you from her seat, but she’s not listening.

It’s not that your students don’t want to learn.

It’s that if your students are stressed out, triggered, or coping with trauma…

they can’t learn.

 

Or prepare for state testing. 

Or “behave” when your admin is in your room for an observation. 

Or simply focus on their classwork!

 

Except…

you’re a teacher

not a therapist.

You're a teacher, not a therapist!

So when your students’ stress, triggers, or trauma turn into a 50 foot tidal wave in your classroom….

You find yourself:

Flying by the seat of your pants with every outburst.

Winging it when a student stonewalls or shuts down

And trying desperately to continue teaching the rest of the class at the same time!

 

Been there?


Here’s

the

thing:

For you, teaching is more than just a job. 

You. Truly. Care.

Teaching is your calling.

You really want to see all your students succeed in school. 

But these days, you struggle to find the patience to take on a new day.  😤

You’re not sure if you’re making a difference at all.  😟 

Sometimes you even feel like a “bad” teacher. 😖

And you’re just not sure if you can do this for another 5, 10, or 15+ years!  😬  

Now you CAN!


How?

through the


ARTS!

Time and again, studies prove that the ARTS help with Student Learning!

Positive Discipline!

A Missouri study found that student participation in the fine arts is correlated with positive disciplinary, attendance, and graduation rates.

Higher Performance!

Data shows that students who are involved with the arts have higher academic performance, increased test scores and lower dropout rates!

Increased Attendance!

Students who regularly work in the arts are 3 times more likely to win an award for school attendance! 

Sources: NEA Office of Research & Analysis (Catterall 2012); Arts Education Partnership (Deasy 2002); Americans for the Arts (Heath 1998); Missouri Alliance for Arts Education (Scheuler, 2010).

The arts are the magic ingredient for making social-emotional learning effective in any classroom.

Why? Because they give your students meaningful experiences and opportunities to

explore their feelings, express themselves, and connect with others.

SEAL is possible!

teach SEAL

It’s possible when you Teach using SEAL!

Social-Emotional Artistic Learning

The SEAL Foundations course is a professional development program that gives caring, creative teachers like YOU the tools, strategies mindset

so that you can strengthen your students’ social-emotional well-being

in creative and artistic ways – that actually work!

Get the course that changes how you “DO” SEL!

With SEAL, you are:

  • Proactively teaching social-emotional skills through the arts.

  • Embedding creative experiences throughout your day. . . not just piling things on top!

  • Creating opportunities for students to be ready for academic learning

  • Helping students make meaningful connections to their peers and to you.

  • Making your day more peaceful and enjoyable#bonus

 

“SEAL is an excellent way to incorporate social emotional learning into your classroom without adding another ‘curriculum.’  It adapts to your students and your classroom environment.”

Johanna Ellis

Kindergarten Teacher

“SEAL goes far beyond what you already know about SEL, and provides strategies and lessons you can implement right away.”

Jessica Dakosty

Arts in Education/STEAM Coordinator

“Lots of easily applicable concepts and skills.”

Kathryn Sprague

5th Grade Teacher, Arts Program Coordinator

“I feel like I will be able to reach a majority of the students, who will then be better armed to deal with challenges and emotions.”

Caryl A. Brown

Art Teacher

SEAL = Social Emotional Artistic Learning

All you need is a roadmap for how to implement this in your classroom! 

And if you’ll let me, I’d love to be your mentor and show you how to “teach SEAL” and get results like these.

Presenting
SEAL FOUNDATIONS:

SEAL Foundations logo

(A $200 Value)

 

A 10-hour professional development program designed specifically for

brave, bold, and big-hearted teachers

who want to strengthen their

students’ social-emotional skills in creative ways—

that actually work. 

SEAL Foundations pulls together everything I’ve learned in my 20+ years of arts integration experience as a teacher, author, and consultant into a proven system that’s simple, powerful, and successful.

SEAL is not a prescriptive set of lessons and there are no scripts to read to your class (yay!) because those don’t really work anyway! Instead, you’ll learn all the essentials of SEAL so that you can apply them to any and all aspects of your daily classroom. This means you won’t add to your busy teacher day. You’ll understand how to integrate all of it.

You’ll learn a proactive approach to explicitly teach social emotional skills through the arts.

SEAL emphasizes building relationships and community in your classroom. Your students will stop melting down and start communicating about their feelings…all of which increases their readiness for learning.

Want to know what teaching SEAL looks like? 

Press play to take a peek!

Kids need an outlet for expressing themselves and their emotions, and the arts are the most effective way to do that. SEAL gave me a framework that’s flexible to use with all K-12 students. Even my non-verbal autistic students participate in SEAL activities and enjoy it.

The impact of SEAL on my students’ success each year has been huge. My students and I connect on a deeper level because of the artistic learning we do. They also connect with each other, which really does create that ‘caring community of empathetic learners’ that Elizabeth talks about.

If building social-emotional competencies is a priority for your district, you won’t find a more effective way to do it than SEAL.”

Stephanie McKenney

K-8 Grade Theatre Arts Teacher

Here’s what’s inside of SEAL Foundations

Grab your scuba gear—you’re about to take a deep dive into SEAL and how to use it in your classroom!  You’ll be swimming like a SEAL in no time.

 

Module 1: Plan Your Dive (Introduction + Program Orientation)

In this module, you’ll:

  • Take a moment to reflect on what you want to get out of this course.
  • Get a tour of the course platform and how to use it.
  • Set up a plan of action that works for your schedule.

You’ll swim away:

  • Having the exact resources you need,
  • Understanding where to ask questions and find support, and
  • Knowing what you need to focus on so that you can get started!

Module 2: Put on Your Diving Suit (A Close Look Into SEAL) 

 

Get ready to explore what makes SEAL a successful method for social-emotional learning!

In this module, you’ll:

  • Understand the 4 principles of SEAL.
  • Explore how the arts connect naturally with social-emotional learning.
  • Discover how SEAL fits into what you’re already doing in your classroom!

There are no scripts, flashcards, or videos to tack onto your busy day.

Instead, you’ll “swim” away with lots of ideas for how to integrate SEAL easily into your existing curriculum so that you can implement SEAL right away!

Module 3: Check Your Oxygen (Wave One: SEAL Teacher Mindset)

YOU are the most important part of the SEAL equation. Not your students, not their parents, and not your admin. YOU! 

Wave One of the SEAL Framework is based on the radical idea that teachers need to take care of themselves before they can take care of their students. You’ll look at the famous starfish story from another perspective, learn a daily practice for starting your day in a positive and affirming way, and explore how to let go of things you can’t control.

Module 4: Take the Dive! (Wave Two: SEAL Teacher Methods)

 

It’s time to start using SEAL in your classroom with consistency! In this module, you’ll learn the 4 strategies for embedding SEAL into your daily classroom routine. These 4 strategies will help you keep your students motivated and engaged in learning, and allow you to check in with them at any point during the school day.

To help your students cement their social-emotional-artistic skills, you’ll also learn 2 practices to implement once a week, once a month or even once a quarter depending on your unique schedule! These will keep your students building relationships—which creates the caring community of empathetic learners you’ve been looking for!

Module 5: Explore the Depths (Wave Three: SEAL Integrations) 

The first 4 modules of SEAL Foundations will help you embed and build a consistent practice with SEAL. But what if you want to go deeper? What if your students need more?

In this module, you’ll look at activities and lessons you can pull out to address specific needs. Have a class in need of some socialization? There’s a lesson for that—in music, visual art, dance, and drama—take your pick! This module is your go-to resource of 20 done-for-you lessons. You’ll also learn how to transform any existing lesson into a SEAL lesson. The opportunities will feel as exciting and endless as the ocean itself! Happy SEAL-ing!

This is what you get when you enroll today

starfish

16 training videos

starfish

12 months of access to the course

starfish

A 10-hour professional development certificate

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The SEAL Foundations Workbook that covers the course material

starfish

The Simple SEAL Integrations Resource that’s full of lessons and activities for all arts and all 5 CASEL competency combinations

You also get these swanky bonuses!

(...and by swanky I mean, practical and useful!)

Course Completion Plans ($20)

SEAL Foundations is self-paced, which means you can take the course however you like during your 12 months of access. However, sometimes that open-endedness can lead to procrastination and inaction! (I may or may not have first-hand experience with this…)

The Course Completion Plan is a guide containing 3 different timeframe suggestions for taking the course. It takes into account the length of each module and breaks them up into manageable pieces.

Be part of the SEAL Teacher community!

12 months of access to the SEAL Teacher Facebook Community and Q&A Sessions ($250)

Building relationships and community is essential for your learning as well.  That's why you'll have the support you need inside the private SEAL Teacher community.  Inside you'll engage with other teachers who are committed to the same goals as you! 

And each month we have Q&A sessions for the questions and unique situations that can pop up as you’re teaching SEAL.  (We’ve heard them all!)  You’ll be able to get clarity from Elizabeth (that’s me!) and fine-tune your SEAL practice as a result.  These are like mini-workshops to deepen your understanding and practice of SEAL.

FREE ticket to the annual BTS with SEAL Masterclass ($50) and Access to the Vault of Unlisted Playlists ($30)

This Back to School with SEAL Masterclass is mega-exclusiveYou’ll leave feeling psyched for the school year, equipped with the best SEAL ways to start a new year.

Plus you'll be able to effectively soundtrack your classroom with these carefully curated Spotify playlistsThese collections will help motivate students, encourage kindness and community, and build resilience. Use them during class time...or just play them on your commute home after a tough day. (It happens!)

All together, the course + the bonuses add up to a value of $550

But instead, if you enroll today, you’ll get everything for only…

Just one payment of

$97

What I love about SEAL is how it gives students multiple opportunities to have different sorts of experiences—and how teaching SEAL always feels empowering, motivating, and energizing.”

Mary Beth Stevenson

1st Grade Teacher

How do I take SEAL Foundations?

computer laptop

Enroll in the online course.

tablet

Watch the videos on your phone, tablet, or laptop.

notebook pencil

Go through the course at your own pace.

teach your students

Confidently teach SEAL!

Meet Your Instructor, Elizabeth Peterson

Hi, I’m Elizabeth!

the creator of SEAL, arts integration specialist, author, veteran teacher of 24 years (and counting!)…and I was once in your shoes.

You could say my desire to integrate the arts began at age 7, when I was teaching my stuffed animals the lyrics to “Shout”. (They all earned an A+ of course.) As I would discover later, teaching kids is much more rewarding…but not quite as easy! 

 

Helping students and teachers increase their emotional resilience is close to my heart.  heart

Why?

Because I’ve been there.

elizabeth with t shirt

How SEAL came to be: A play in 3 acts

10 years ago, I noticed an uptick in behavioral problems with my students.  (You too?)  Not realizing it at the time, I was playing whack-a-mole—just dealing with them one at a time. And it was taking a toll on my own mental health. More often than not, I was leaving work feeling exhausted and drained…and not even my favorite hard rock songs could restore me on the drive home.

Then one day I was sitting in the auditorium, listening to the assistant superintendent explain how we’d be implementing “social-emotional learning.” With every competency she mentioned…all I could think was: “The arts could address that competency.” Self-awareness? Let’s paint a watercolor of emotions.  Self-management? Let’s have some movement and dance. Social awareness? A drum circle would be perfect!

act 3

But everything changed the day my son’s 2nd grade teacher called me to tell me he’d been acting up in class, which was out of character for him. What struck me was how much she cared about my son— and a switch flipped for me. I realized two things:

    • My children’s teachers play such an important role in their emotional well-being.
    • I can have that same impact on my own students!

That was the day I started creating SEAL.

Fast forward to today, where I’ve built SEAL into a robust framework for social-emotional learning that’s helping thousands of students every year become resilient learners—and counting.

This is why SEAL works:

It puts the teacher in the driver’s seat. 

You are the most important part of your classroom.  And you know your students.  With SEAL, you decide what strategies are going to work for your schedule, your content, your personality and, of course, your students. 

You’re not reading a script that some person in an office wrote (who, let’s face it, probably hasn’t been in a classroom in years.)  Instead, you are getting the training in effective strategies that will work in YOUR classroom. 

Not to mention, inside SEAL we genuinely CARE for you, the teacher.  So, we focus on how you can take care of yourself so that you can be the best for your students!  Adult SEL isn’t an afterthough in SEAL, it’s at the core.

SEAL will help you say goodbye to teacher burnout and anxiety. Why? Because when caring, creative teachers feel empowered, they’re happier and more effective in the classroom. 

And that means happier, more successful students too. heart

“SEAL affirms how I teach – it ensures one is professionally valid and agile!  SEAL teaches stduents to explicity love themselves, each other and the arts!  SEAL also encourages meaningful reflection for educators . . .

Give yourself a refresh – a positive opportunity to integrate the joy of the Arts with the Social Emotional Copetencies!”

Gwen Zakreski

Superannuate Educator

How SEAL fits into the CASEL 5

SEAL combines the emotionally charged power of the arts

+ the high need of developing social-emotional competencies

CASEL (the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning) created the leading SEL framework. According to CASEL, there are 5 competencies for humans to master:

  1. Self-Awareness
  2. Self-Management
  3. Social Awareness
  4. Relationship Skills
  5. Responsible Decision Making

CASEL 5 wheel

These 5 competencies are naturally addressed and practiced within SEAL’s artistic learning! 

self awareness
self management
social awareness
relationship skills
responsible decision making

Artistic learning is inherently differentiating, highly engaging, and emotionally charged.

There is no better way for your students to learn, practice, and develop their emotional competencies!

WHAT ELSE DO TEACHERS SAY ABOUT the SEAL Foundations Course?

“Do it!  Elizabeth is kind, thoughtful, organized, and brilliant.  You’ll come away buzzing with inspiration.

Martha Robichaud

Teaching Artist

Can SEAL reach all students?  “Yes.  All students have social emotional needs and can relate to at least one art: dancing, music, acting, painting, etc.”

Lacey Luebber

Positive Climate Coach

DO it for Yourself!  You are worth it. If you put yourself first, that will carry over to the way you teach. Students know when we are not thriving just like we know when they are not thriving.”

Gloria Budz

Middle School Visual Arts Educator

“This is all about engaging students, building their social emotional skills and helping them develop a growth mindset. I have been working to integrate all of this into my classroom for the past several years, but I didn’t feel like it was seamless. SEAL makes it seamless.

Doreen Kelleher

4th Grade Classroom Teacher

COMMON QUESTIONS

Do I have to be an artist in order to Teach SEAL? I’m not sure if I’m qualified.
Arts integration is not about how skilled you are as an artist, musician, dancer or actor.  Instead, it’s about an open mind to trying new things with your students, giving them the opportunity to learn in new and engaging ways.

My school already has an SEL curriculum. Can I still use SEAL? ...and is it worth it to do both?

Yes! You can teach SEAL alongside any other SEL curriculum. (And it can stand alone as well.) The amazing thing about SEAL is that it’s about transforming how things go in your classroom.  You see, we believe that quality SEL instruction happens with the experiences you have in the classroom.

I don’t have much time in my day for “extra” stuff. Or, I’m not a classroom teacher and I only see students for short periods of time.

There’s no such thing as a teacher who has lots of time on their hands! 😆 I get it. That’s why I designed SEAL Foundations to not require extra time in your busy day. 

As a branch of arts integration, SEAL is meant to integrate into your day—so there’s no need to “add” anything. SEAL is more about transforming your teaching rather than handing you a set of lessons to get through, or piling on extra stuff. 

The truth is, you don’t need a lot of time to inspire and connect with your students. When you teach SEAL, you can make a difference without draining yourself dry.

How do I take the course? Is it taught live, is there homework? Give me the details please!

The course is taught completely online. All of the modules have been pre-recorded, so you can watch them whenever you want! The course is self-paced, so you can take it on your own time—and because it’s online (and nobody can see you), you don’t have to dress up for it! 

As you’re taking the course, questions will inevitably pop up. That’s when you should pop into the SEAL Teacher Community on Facebook. You’ll find the support and encouragement you need. And remember, every month I’ll do a live Q&A there too.

Don’t forget, you’ll have 12 months of access to the course and the community once you purchase.

Do you accept POs?

YES!  School districts may pay with a purchase order. Simply contact our support department at support@theinspiredclassroom.com and we’ll help you arrange for that.

What if I enroll, but I can’t start or finish the course right away?

Things happen, problems arise, sometimes you just need to go on a surprise vacation.  It’s all good.  We believe in no unnecessary stress.  That’s why you have 12 months of access, go at your own pace.  We are here for you!

Will I receive Professional Development credit for taking this course?

Yes!  Once you complete all the course work, you will be awarded a certificate for 10 PD hours.  Please check with your school administrator to see if this certificate will be accepted.

I’m interested in bringing SEAL to my entire school! Is that possible?

Absolutely! SEAL is powerful inside one classroom…imagine if the whole school was on board.  All of the students and staff having creative and caring experiences, thanks to SEAL? Imagine what that would do for morale and community-building! 

(I’m trying to imagine it right now and I just keep smiling!😁)

If you’re interested in bringing SEAL Foundations to your school or district, contact our support department at support@theinspiredclassroom.com and I (Elizabeth) will get in touch with you directly.

I need help talking to my principal about this!

Maybe it’s for reimbursement.  Maybe it’s so you can get SEAL into your school.  No matter what the reason, sometimes it’s helpful to tell your administrator about the ground-breaking work you are doing!

So, I went ahead and wrote this up for you!  Feel free to copy, paste and send to your principal or whomever is in charge of your PD.

 

Dear _____,

I’ve learned about an online course that I am sure will help my students with their social-emotional learning. It’s called SEAL Foundations. It’s a 10 hour professional development program that’s designed to help teachers implement creative SEL strategies through the arts.

This sounds like a great opportunity! With all the work we are doing in SEL, I know learning this method of bringing in creative and artistic experiences to my students will really make a difference in my classroom.

Here’s some more information about the course:

  • SEAL stands for Social-Emotional Artistic Learning and the SEAL Foundations course will teach me the essentials to bringing this ground-breaking work into my classroom.
  • Everything inside the course can work with what we are already doing for SEL as a school.
  • The course teaches how to embed the strategies so that I’m not taking time away from other content. Instead, these SEAL strategies will help our students be focused and ready for learning.
  • There is a focus on creatively building relationships throughout the school year.
  • All the content of the course aligns with CASEL’s 5 competencies. There are even ready-made lessons that integrate each competency with all the arts.
  • There are no special materials needed to implement the activities aside from what I already have in my classroom.
  • Teachers can earn 10 professional development hours once the course is completed.
  • There’s a great community that’s included with the enrollment and every month, I can submit questions and get support as I continue to implement all the great ideas.
  • There’s even a component to the program that focuses on the well-being of the teacher! I’ll learn more about what SEL is and what my role as the teacher should be when it comes to social-emotional learning.

As you can see, this is a great opportunity! I really want to help my students develop their social-emotional skills and I know that the hands-on, artistic experiences they will have as a result of me taking this course will be great!

You can read more about the SEAL Foundations course and register here: theinspiredclassroom.com/admin

If you have any questions, you can also email Elizabeth, who teaches the course, by emailing her here: elizabeth@theinspiredclassroom.com They do accept purchase orders as well as credit cards.

Thanks so much for considering this!

​[Your Name]

Who this is/isn’t for

SEAL Foundations IS for you if

You give a darn about your students, and you want to do what it takes to help them be ready to learn.

You believe you need to play a part in your students’ social-emotional learning.

You’re creative, and you love promoting your students’ creativity….

….Or, you don’t know if you’d consider yourself “creative” but you’re willing to give it a shot! Anything for your students.

You love being on the cutting edge of learning, and are excited about arts integration.

You care about your own well-being and want to feel empowered in your job

…Or, you’re on the verge of burnout and need a major boost to your teaching.

You’ve never shied away from taking the bull by the horns and doing what’s right for your students.

SEAL Foundations is NOT for you if

 You’ve cultivated a class of students who are well-behaved, calm and focused on learning.

 You believe that students don’t learn as much from creating, appreciating, or performing in the arts.

 You aren’t interested in innovative, creative ways to help students with their social-emotional learning.

 You don’t consider yourself creative, and you’re not willing to try.

 You feel the SEL program your school provides is working well for your students and you’re happy with its success.

 Your own well-being and job satisfaction are A+ already.

 You think SEL is just another edu-fad that will fizzle like last year’s grammar curriculum planning.

You’ve already taken SEAL Teacher Training or SEAL Teacher Training VIP.

    Risk-free guarantee

    So, here’s the deal.  I’m going to give you a “No Barnacles” Risk Free Guarantee.  (No one likes those pesky crustaceans.)

    Get inside the course and check it out for 7 days.  Look at what you’ll learn, validate its use in your classroom and see all the key components to be able to teach SEAL.

     

    If you don’t feel confident that these strategies are going to work for you and your students, simply reach out to me within the first 7 days of your purchase at support@theinspiredclassroom.com and I’ll refund you so you can put it toward a different SEL program.

    By the end of the program, you will be able to:

    starfishReach all of your students—no matter what their level of social-emotional needs may be. All of your kids will benefit from the SEAL approach!

    starfishRecognize when a 50’ tidal wave of emotional distress is brewing…and instead of throwing up your hands in frustration (or ducking for cover!) you feel confident you can face the storm.

    starfishStop struggling with behavior issues…and use the time for teaching and learning instead!

    starfishIntegrate the arts throughout the day so naturally, it feels like you were born doing it.

    starfishFeel good about your job again.

    starfishLeave work every day with the feeling that you’ve made a difference.

    starfishTransform a classroom of randomly-assembled individuals into a connected community that cares and collaborates with each other in creative ways.

    There’s just one question left to answer:

    How do you want your school year to go?

    ✘ Do you want to keep trying the same ol’, same ol’—and keep feeling overwhelmed by trying to help your students?

    ~ OR ~

    Do you want to feel energized, motivated, and empowered to go to work each day—confident you can reach all of your students in creative, meaningful ways?

    This is what you get when you enroll today

    starfish

    16 training videos

    starfish

    12 months of access to the course

    starfish

    A 10-hour professional development certificate

    starfish

    The SEAL Foundations Workbook that covers the course material

    starfish

    The Simple SEAL Integrations Resource that’s full of lessons and activities for all arts and all 5 CASEL competency combinations

    starfish

    Plus all those swanky bonuses!

    All together, the course + the bonuses add up to a value of $550

    But instead, if you enroll today, you’ll get everything for only…

    Just one payment of

    $97

    HAVE ANY QUESTIONS ABOUT OUR SEAL COURSES?  CONTACT US ANYTIME!  WE'RE HERE TO HELP.

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