Online PD : Emotions and Engagement

Online PD

Teach for Belonging:
SEL, Trauma-Informed Teaching, & Student Engagement

2 weeks

~ 4 hour/week

Next Cohort:

July 18th, 2022

Synchronous + Asynchronous
Price: $150


21st Century educators are called upon to support students’ well-being and challenged to find novel ways to motivate students. Put Maslow before Bloom and learn how to foster meaningful relationships with students, become well-versed in social-emotional learning and trauma-informed teaching, and discover evidence-based methods to increase student engagement and motivation. Learn how to create a classroom where students feel like they belong, can make mistakes, and find purpose in their work.

Note: COGx is able to provide credits that qualify for the education departments in most states and are accepted by most districts. You may wish to check whether your state’s Department of Education requires a special approved provider status.

Program at a glance


What you will learn:

The science behind engagement and motivation. How to engage students including the 3 dimensions of engagement. How to tap into intrinsic motivation including Self-Determination Theory. The impact of emotions on cognition and learning. 5 core competencies of Social-Emotional Learning. 6 essential components of Positive Education. 8 principles of Trauma-Sensitive Education. 3 student mindsets for belonging and learning. Classroom strategies to support positive emotions, engagement, and positive relationships in learning. Classroom strategies and methods that engage and motivate students.


How you will learn:

7 Video micro-lessons from experts 10 Group Discussion Invitations 3 Visual and Graphic Organizer 2 Classroom Application Guides Ongoing self-checks and application of concepts Direct access to your Program Leader Opportunities to give and receive feedback from your peers Teaching practice reflection & Complimentary Workshop

Translating & Applying The Science of Learning:

We Practice What We Teach: Our programs incorporate the scientific principles of human learning into our instructional design. Learning is active, engaging, collaborative, and application-based. Invigorate your lesson planning with science-based tools that will enable your students to master what you teach.

Who you learn from

Global experts on human learning provide the scientific base of our content, while program facilitators and subject matter experts translate the science and guide application to your classroom.

Elizabeth Bjork

Professor of Cognitive Psychology, UCLA

Linda Darling Hammond

Professor Emeritus, Stanford University

Peling Li

Curriculum Designer & Adjunct Faculty, Johns Hopkins University

Robert Bjork

Professor of Psychology, University of California

David Bott

Associate Director,
Institute of Positive Education, Australia

Ned Johnson

Author & Educator

Weekly Complementary Workshop with Blake Harvard

During the program, educators have the opportunity to apply academic research to their specific student population and subject matter during live, virtual workshop sessions led by Blake Harvard. Blake Harvard is a COGx Lead educator with over 15 years of teaching experience. He currently teaches AP Psychology at James Clemens High School in Madison, Alabama. Blake is the creator of The Effortful Educator, an online blog that discusses and highlights articles and research in the area of cognitive psychology that can easily be applied in the classroom. The Effortful Educator Twitter platform is a remarkable community of 12k educators interacting and sharing practical applications of evidence-based learning strategies.

Workshop Schedule

July 21st, 2022
Teach for Belonging –
Emotions & Relationships
1:45-2:30 EST
July 28th, 2022
Teach for Belonging –
Engagement & Motivation
12:30-1:30 EST

What Educators Are Saying

Research-Informed Instructional Design

Priming Activities

Priming quizzes and open-ended interrogatories are used to get learners to think about the subject matter they are about to learn.

Video Micro-Lessons

Video lessons are delivered by 12+ expert educators, and leading researchers experienced in the translation of research on the science of learning into classroom application.

Classroom Application Guides

Takeaway posters are provided throughout the modules to guide the effective implementation of the concepts covered.

Retrieval Practice

To foster durable, flexible, and enduring learning, we apply retrieval strategies throughout the program, including elaboration, spacing, self-testing, and interleaving.

Peer-Based Feedback & Reflection

Learners receive and provide peers with anonymized feedback on lesson plan application assignments for deeper learning.

Alumni Practitioner’s Platform

Program alumni (Science of Learning Practitioners) can join an online platform to share resources and strategies for ongoing application of concepts and guidance.

COGx Program Leaders

Program Leaders are assigned to support your learning journey. They monitor the Program and respond to your questions. You can also contact your Program Leader for on-demand support.

Application Hour

Under the guidance of the Program Leader, educators apply academic research to their specific student population and subject matter during live, virtual training sessions.

Discussion Boards

Modules include Discussion Forums to share ideas, collaborate, and provide and receive valuable peer feedback. Program Leaders are also constantly available seek clarity or ask a question on any topic throughout the learning journey.

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