School-Connect Institutes

The School-Connect Institute directly prepares participants to implement School-Connect in their classrooms and provide staff training in their school or district. The online format has the same great content as our in-person institutes, while still being able to engage with Keeth and other participants from around the country. This online training provides an overview of social and emotional learning (SEL); School-Connect curriculum content, and implementation options; practice in facilitating student-driven discussions and engagement strategies; and links to academic motivation and skills.

School-Connect 2021 Online Institutes

What? When? Institute Status
June Online
Summer Institute
June 22–24, 2021
10am–4pm (CST)
Registration Closed
Optional Module 4 Training
June 25, 2021 10am–1pm (CST)
July Online
Summer Institute
July 27–29, 2021
10am–4pm (CST)
Registration Open
Optional Module 4 Training
July 30, 2021 10am–1pm (CST)

Online Summer Institute Overview & Schedule

Day 1 10am–4pm (CST)
  • Returning to Learning w/ Trauma-informed Supports
  • Foundations of social and emotional learning (SEL)
  • Module 1 overview and lessons
  • S-C Digital Solution intro and overview
  • Student panel with School-Connect alumni
  • Lunch Break: 12:30pm–1:30pm (CST)
Day 2 10am–4pm (CST)
  • Reinforcing a successful SEL program and class climate
  • Module 2 overview and lessons
  • Teacher panel with School-Connect educators/administrators
  • Lunch Break: 12:30pm–1:30pm (CST)
Day 3 10am–4pm (CST)
  • Module 3 content and strategies
  • Implementation planning
  • Lunch Break: 12:30pm–1:30pm (CST)
Optional Day 4 10am–1pm (CST)
  • Module 4: Preparing for College and the Workforce overview and implementation

Institute Facilitator

R. Keeth Matheny
Model Teacher & Co-Author

Facilitator R. Keeth Matheny, M.S., is a national award-winning teacher and School-Connect co- author. He was the 2015 recipient of the National Dropout Prevention Center’s Crystal Star Award for Excellence in supporting student success. He teaches an innovative course, MAPS (Methods for Academic and Personal Success), which has helped reduce freshman failures by 41% and discipline referrals by 71% at Austin High School over a four-year period.

Keeth is a frequent public speaker and keynote on social and emotional learning (SEL), student engagement, and relationship supports for educators. He has presented at two U.S. Capitol Hill briefings in Washington DC and more than a dozen national education conferences.

His work has been featured in national webinars, magazine articles, and journals of best practices. As a member of the Aspen Institute’s Council of Distinguished Educators, he is directly connected with SEL leaders and practitioners, current research, and best practices in the field. In the past four years, Keeth has helped launch SEL programs at over 250 schools.

Online Summer Institute Registration Cost

The three-day online Summer Institute is $250 per person. Participants need access to and a computer with audio and video capacities. The optional Day 4 training for Module 4: Preparing for College and the Workforce is $50 per participant.

What Participants Say About School-Connect Trainings...

“Thank you! This was the most useful PD I've had in my 20 year career. I can't wait to implement these lessons into my classroom.”

“Thank you! Amazing stuff! I wish I had this education as a kid!”

“I have never been so moved and knowing that kids need emotional ties will make me work harder to teach them!”

“The training was well organized and extremely interactive! The materials were presented well and organized with numerous examples and activities.”

“I wanted again to express to you how much I enjoyed your presentation, your style is captivating and the material was fantastic!”