Everyday SEL in High School: Integrating Social-Emotional Learning and Mindfulness Into Your Classroom, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

Everyday SEL in High School

Integrating Social-Emotional Learning and Mindfulness Into Your Classroom, 1st Edition

By Carla Tantillo Philibert


188 pages | 8 B/W Illus.

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With this new book from educational consultant Carla Tantillo Philibert, you’ll gain practical strategies for teaching Social-Emotional Learning (SEL), mindfulness, movement, and team-building to help your students grow into contributing and compassionate citizens of the world. You’ll find out how to lead students through meditation activities, simple yoga poses, breathing techniques, and other practical methods to help you proactively manage your classroom by meeting your students’ SEL needs. Topics include:

  • Empowering your students to understand their emotions, improve their focus, manage stress, and regulate their behavior
  • Introducing your students to the concept of mindfulness and how it fits within the SEL framework
  • Crafting an emotionally, physically, and mentally safe classroom climate and culture
  • Engaging your students in activities to strengthen peer-to-peer communication, community-building, and leadership skills
  • Providing your students the safe space to test their SEL skills through experiential learning, team work, and class discussions
  • Honing your own SEL competency through professional development so both you and your students can get the most out of your school’s SEL experience

This book also offers a set of Professional Development Facilitator’s Guides to help you and your colleagues master the core competencies of SEL and implement them effectively across your school or district. The appendix provides additional strategies for teaching personal space, Safe Touch, and making mindful accommodations for students who have experienced trauma.


"With her well-crafted approach, Carla Tantillo Philibert has created a resource that provides research and practical strategies and tools today's educators can use to support and engage students and school stakeholders in developing skills essential to successfully navigating a changing and challenging world."

- Marjorie Cave, SEL Lead Consultant, DuPage Regional Office of Education, IL

"Today’s busy educator wants a book that sifts through the lounges of research on Social-Emotional Learning and gets right to the essences of why it is important, how it looks on a daily basis and what can be done to better prepare students for the challenges school and life offer. In this must read, Tantillo Philibert provides a plethora of ready-to-use strategies, tools and techniques teachers can put to use the next day in their classrooms."

  • Greg Wolcott, Assistant Superintendent for Teaching and Learning, Woodridge School District 68, IL

Table of Contents


Meet the Author



1 Social-Emotional Learning: An Approach, Not a Program

2 Connecting SEL and Mindfulness

3 Setting Up Your Classroom


Talking Stick

Boom Board!

Pants on Fire!

Thought Partner Debrief

4 Thumb Check, POP Chart and Activities

5 SELF Activities

Students work individually


Brain Massage

Seated Yoga Sequence

Standing Yoga Sequence

Write and Rip

Gratitude Journal


Still Point

Ready to Learn Breath

5-Part Breath

Mooka Meditation

Owning My Story Journal

Cool Down Breath

Memory Minute

Expansion Project: Screen Detox

6 SOCIAL Activities

Students work in pairs or small groups


Cooperation Circle

Pass the Clap Circle

Movement Improv

Index Card Scavenger Hunt

Compliment Partners

Drawing Out Loud


Check-In and Pass the Squeeze

Shoulder Share

Silent Practice

Proud of Myself Postcard

Cause and Effect Drawing

Goal Setting Postcard

Expansion Project: Community-Based Service Learning Project

* This section includes adaptations for Restorative Practices

7 Crafting SEL Stories

8 The Power of Professional Development

9 Professional Development Facilitator’s Guides


Educator Pre/Post Survey

Questions from the Field

References and Further Reading

About the Author

Carla Tantillo Philibert is the founder of Mindful Practices, one of Chicago’s leading school Social-Emotional Learning organizations, and oversees a team of 20 dedicated practitioners who empower teachers and students across the nation through mindfulness, yoga, and SEL to create an equitable educational environment.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Teaching Methods & Materials / General