Experience the Power of Social Emotional Learning While Having Fun!
have fewer challenging behaviors,
understand it's okay to have any feelings though never okay to be mean,
become aware of and be able to name what they’re feeling,
have helpful communication tools to manage their big feelings with care and kindness,
notice what others are feeling and respond in compassionate and inclusive ways,
get along with others and stay connected and kind during conflict,
make choices that are responsible, respectful, safe, and kind,
be focused and engaged during academic instruction,
persevere when there are challenging academic and social moments,
and of course have more well-being during the school day and beyond!
If you're searching for your very first SEL program or looking to supplement what you already use...
If the dates I offer don't work for you, you just don't have time or money for all that traveling, or you'd just feel more confident if you could learn and revisit the material at your own pace, you might feel EXCITED because...
Through several pre-recorded videos, reflection prompts, and practice prompts, you will gain all of the information and tools that are typically learned in our six-hour in-person Kimochis® Elementary Workshop (and more).
Throughout the online training sessions, I'll outline lessons and activities from the Kimochis® educator’s guide that utilize strategies from a restorative practices model, such as discussion, conferencing and circles. You'll be introduced to the Kimochis® “emotional vocabulary” that gives educators, parents and children a common language to guide positive behavior in social and academic settings. You'll see how to use the unique and compelling Kimochis® characters and feeling pillows that engage children, and keep the learning fun and interesting.Skip the Rest of the Details. I'm Ready for Pricing!
You will be learn how to successfully use all of the Elementary Kimochis® tools, materials, and curriculum through over 6 hours of pre-recorded videos included in the following 9 training sessions:
A must see and go! I loved learning how to use tools with all students and how to adapt. And I loved how Katie tied it in with academic gains. I want to invite my own daughter’s principal and counselor to the next training!
Super helpful! Katie is fantastic and very knowledgeable. Although I’ve done this training two times before, it all seemed new, exciting, effective, and useful!
The training was relevant, useful, meaningful, and easy to follow. I almost always have a suggestion for every trainer I’ve ever had throughout my whole career. Today my only suggestion for you Katie...Keep on being YOU!
So awesome! I learned a ton and gained tools not only for teaching and class but for me and my own family and how to deal with issues better.
This training was very beneficial at any grade level!
I love how Katie talked about how to integrate PBIS, SEL, and all the tools we learned in the training.
Not surprisingly, you'd like to know who you're working with, so here's a little bit about me...
I've been working in schools for nearly 20 years in various roles, from teacher to researcher to teacher educator to unicorn School Psychologist (I've been super lucky to do prevention-oriented parts of the School Psych gig, parts that all School Psychs are trained for, but unfortunately very few schools utilize). I've spent most of my career supporting teachers with their gen ed classroom practices and occasionally doing more intensive interventions (which rarely happens since using the right kind of universal interventions and supports can be pretty amazing).
During this work, I've tried out all sorts of different SEL strategies and curricula with the classrooms and teachers I support. Then, in 2012, I found Kimochis®, which is the most fun, interactive, tangible SEL program I've ever found and has a unique and critical focus on the nonverbal parts of communicating our feelings.
I've basically been obsessed ever since.
I had the honor of becoming a Kimochis® Certified Trainer in 2016, and I've had the good fortune of sharing all my favorite Kimochis® SEL tools with people like you since then. I just love seeing how the tools transform classrooms and create confident, connected, compassionate kiddos!
I'm also the Founder of Constant Love and Learning, which is focused not only on well-being and learning for children, but also well-being and growth for educators!
My hope is that you can feel less of the frustrated feelings and more of the fulfilled ones in your work, and even in life.
You'll get an introduction to Social and Emotional Learning (SEL), why feelings matter, the relationship between feelings and behavior, and the 7 Kimochis® Keys to Communication. You'll have 1 year of access to this pre-recorded training series that includes about 10 minutes of training a day for 10 days and 2 Handouts. It can also be done in one sitting if preferred.
No materials are required!
I feel you! I couldn't afford Kimochis® at first either. And plenty of people and schools tell me the same. Although there aren't any discounts on the Kimochis® materials (you just can't discount feelings!), this course is currently a total bargain. You're getting so many perks and so much value at a discounted rate because it's in online form. Not only that - you know how much your students need support with their feelings and behaviors, so you really can't afford not to learn some powerful social and emotional learning tools!
And I hope you do find some way to make it work. I’ve had people successfully get funding for materials and training using Title 1 funds, accessing district funds focused on school climate or intervention, involving their PTA or PFC, using low-incidence special education funds, and applying to local grants or using Donors Choose. I personally got my first Kimochis® Tool Kit and training through a local grant. You're an educator, meaning you're smart, creative, and resilient, so I'm sure you can come up with some ideas to work around this one.
If it takes a little longer to find or get funding, the course will still be here down the road. Though the price may go up in the future, the support you'll get to learn how to create more confident, connected, compassionate kids will still be worth it!
Aaaand, if you really want to start learning about Kimochis but can't make it work to get the materials and this full training yet, you might enjoy the 10-Day Mini SEL Training Series as a starter course.
It's amazing when you can get everyone on the same page! And it can even be a more cost effective option. I'd love to discuss your needs and goals and make sure we get you set up with the best possible plan. Please email [email protected] to discuss pricing and options for your whole staff.
Yes! If the main options for payment - credit card and PayPal - don't work for you, I can accept a purchase order. Please contact me at [email protected] so that we can arrange payment.
I feel you! I've thought long and hard about this question. I think that between the reflection questions, video training lessons (which often involve me telling you to lay out and interact in specific ways with your Kimochis materials, and give pauses to allow you to try things out), and post-video practice prompts, you'll get a good sense of how to support your students with these tools. While the interactive nature of our in-person Kimochis® Workshops is amazing, the number one comment we get for how to improve the course is to have more time to digest and practice the material. With the on-demand course, you'll get that time! I'm feeling confident that even with the course being online, you'll feel prepared to teach these interactive tools and foster more connection with your students!
Well, for most of it, yes! I'll be walking you through the curriculum guide, showing you different tools, and asking you to practice using the Kimochis® materials, including the characters and Mixed Bag of Feelings. So I urge you to purchase your very own Elementary Tool Kit (for Grades 1-5) or find one to borrow for the training, in order to fully benefit from the course.
Now, even though I urge you to get a Kimochis® Tool Kit to really benefit from the Elementary Kimochis® Kickoff Beta Online Course, some people have attended my in-person workshops to see what they think before investing in a Tool Kit, or they just start with a Mixed Bag of Feelings only. I suppose you could do the same, as there are certainly activities here and there that don't require the materials. Please know, though, that I can't guarantee that you will reach all the learner objectives.
If you need to purchase a Tool Kit, you can head over to Kimochis. Once you get your kit, or borrow one from a colleague, come on back and enroll in the course.
If you want a mini Kimochis training that doesn't require any materials, then you might enjoy the 10-Day Mini SEL Training Series instead.
And if you really do still want to take the full Elementary Kimochis Kickoff On-Demand Course but it isn't in the cards just YET, I'm optimistic you'll be joining me soon enough! If it helps you get a Tool Kit, check out this information about how to navigate the Donors Choose application process to get your kit funded! Others I've worked with have found success asking their parent group for funding, using LCAP funds (if you're in California), or using Title 1 funds. And if you need some info on the evidence and theoretical background behind Kimochis to support any of your requests, email [email protected] for a handout you can include.
This course will cover the core components of the Kimochis® program that are included in both the Elementary and Early Childhood curricula. However, in this course, I will have several lessons that are directly tied to using the Elementary curriculum, and all suggestions will be tailored to help you meet the needs of elementary-aged children. If you only have the Early Childhood Curriculum and choose to enroll in this course, please be aware that you won't be able to get the full benefits. There are in-person and virtual (live, but not in-person) training options for the Early Childhood Curriculum. Please check out the in-person training options or email me at [email protected] for virtual options.
If you work with elementary-aged kids, this can totally help you in your work. About half of everyone I train at my in-person Elementary workshops are in a support position, such as School Counselor, School Psychologist, and more. In the course, I'll definitely be talking about how you can adapt your approach to implementation if you are in one of these roles.
You are more than welcome to learn everything on your own. AND I guarantee you that you will feel so much more confident and capable of supporting your students' transformation by taking the course.
I can't even tell you how many people have raved about how much more confident they feel in using their Kimochis, and having new tools to use, because of taking the training, even if they've been using the Kimochis on their own for years.
If the online course isn't your thing, I encourage you to check out the Kimochis® in-person workshop options. Either way, having training will be such an important part of your success in using these tools.
Since private groups are quite easy to run on Facebook and provide a great way for passionate educators far and wide to connect with one another, I am currently using that platform to run our Professional Learning Community for this course. For some, staying off Facebook is an excellent form of self-care, and I understand that you might feel disappointed about my choice here. I feel super sorry if this part of the course won't work out for you, and I am hopeful that you'll still get tons of benefit out of the rest of the course package.
No, CUE's are not available at this time. However, a Certificate of Completion will be granted to you once you complete all of the sessions.