EDUU 9352: Identity and Agency

Help students recognize their strengths and improve their confidence so that they can be persistent after set-backs. Identity and Agency is one of a five-course series entitled SEL: The Real Essential Skills. Courses can be taken individually or as part of the complete series.

Course Overview

Most educators experience social and emotional learning (SEL) through isolated programs that are separate from academics. Learn to be more effective and efficient in teaching such skills by embedding it into the daily academic curriculum. Explore one of the first steps educators must take in this regard: helping students recognize their strengths and improve their confidence so that they can be persistent after set-backs.

Welcome to Identity and Agency. This class was created as part of a five course series entitled SEL: The Real Essential Skills. These courses can be taken in isolation and/or in any order. There are no prerequisites. The other four courses in the series are:

• Emotional Regulation

• Cognitive Regulation

• Social Skills

• Public Spirit

All five courses in the SEL: The Real Essential Skills series require one book entitled All Learning is Social and Emotional Learning: Helping Students Develop Essential Skills for the Classroom and Beyond by Nancy Frey, Douglas Fisher, and Dominique Smith. This book is available for purchase at

Course Objectives:

After completing the course Identity and Agency, participants will demonstrate or indicate:

• The definitions of student identity and agency.

• The importance of student identity and agency.

• How to utilize feedback to help students identify their strengths and build confidence.

• How to create lessons that build self-efficacy.

• How to create curriculum and/or environments that improves student resiliency.

• Demonstrate an improved ability to build student identity and agency in the classroom.

Course Relation to CCS or other Professional Standards

This course aligns to the following professional teaching standards:

• Engaging and Supporting all Students in Learning

• Creating and Maintaining Effective Environments for Student Learning

• Understanding and Organizing Subject Matter for Student Learning

• Planning Instruction and Designing learning Experiences for all Students

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Ryan Pickett

B.A., M.S. in Counseling Clinical School Psychology

K-12 School Psychologist 20+ years.

Collegiate Professional Development Coordinator, Developer, and Instructor 16+.

“I take pride in helping educators enhance student learning while bringing passion into their classrooms.”

Ryan loves spending time with family and friends, especially outdoors. His favorite activities include snowboarding, golf, and hiking.