Summer 2021


Capstone Project

Degree Name



Karen Lee Moroz

Content Expert

Christine Kroeze


This capstone project aims to answer the question: How can we increase teacher buy-in for programs like Conscious Discipline, Second Step, and MoveMindfully so that social-emotional learning (SEL) focused programs can be used separately or in concert with one another in the elementary classroom? This project includes a presentation for a professional development (PD) workshop and supporting materials created to stretch across two workshop days. These workshops will be held within Independent School District 196 (ISD 196), a school district located in the southeast metro of the Twin Cities in Minnesota. This presentation will inform teachers of the previously mentioned SEL programs and engage them in strategies that can later be used in the elementary classroom. Before the first workshop, participants will fill out a pre-survey. They will respond to 16 closed and open-ended questions regarding their opinions of SEL and their preferences in teacher training. Following the last workshop, participants will fill out a post-survey similar to the one given prior. The researcher will also use informal observations and exit slips as forms of data collection throughout these workshops. The researcher intends to use the data collected through this project to provide insight into teacher buy-in of current SEL programs in place within ISD 196. This information will be provided for decision-makers within the district to make informed decisions on how to proceed with the various SEL programs. This paper summarizes the initial reasoning for creating this project, a literature review, an outline of the project, and a reflection piece wherein the researcher addresses benefits to public scholarship and potential research for the future.

Project Type

Professional Development


social-emotional learning, elementary, Conscious Discipline, MoveMindfully, Second Step, professional development workshop








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