Emotionally Literate Classrooms

Emotionally Literate Classrooms is a program for educators and parents to improve the learning environment through neuroscience, psychology, and education.

Program details

  • Priority area: Wellbeing (social and emotional)
  • Primary audience: Educators
  • Delivery mode: Group training, online
  • Strength of evidence: Level 4 Emerging research evidence
  • AEDC sub-domains:
    • Emotional maturity anxious and fearful behaviour
    • Emotional maturity aggressive behaviour
    • Emotional maturity hyperactivity and inattentive behaviour
    • Social competence responsibility and respect
  • Item cost: Moderate ($200$2,000 per person/item)

Program description

Emotionally Literate Classrooms is a professional development program for educators and parents/carers. The Emotionally Literate Classrooms program is based on the theoretical underpinnings of neuroscience education. It blends the collective specialties of neuroscience, psychology, cognitive science, and education to improve teaching methods and curriculum by optimising the environment in the classroom (indoors & outdoors).

This program delivers content that helps educators see a strong image of the child, so that they can respect and nurture the child in their given setting. The understanding is that growth, learning and development are driven by an interaction between a person’s biology and the social environment. This helps educators to support individuals to recognise their feelings and learn favourable ways to respond in order to adapt to times of dysregulation.

It aims to give educators insight into:

  • the way the brain and body react to stress
  • regulate, relate & reason – supporting high emotions/meltdowns
  • strategies to be with children and hold space when they de-regulate
  • strategies for educators to stay grounded and be able to share safety
  • effective ways to regulate - sensory & nervous system experiences
  • mood boosters for success in everyday curriculums (for children of all ages).

Detailed cost

  • Full-day (5-hour) group training: $2,000
  • Half-day (2.5-hour) group training: $1,000

Additional costs may be charged for groups exceeding 20 participants, participant handouts, travel costs and pre-recorded webinars.

Implementation considerations

  • Target population: educators, parents/carers.
  • Program/practice descriptions and details: workshop is delivered as a half-day or full-day workshop/webinars.
  • Program adaptability: workshop can be delivered either in-person or online through Zoom or Microsoft Teams.
  • Tools and systems: a computer, projector and screen are required for the in-person workshop. Access to a device with Zoom or Teams is required for online training.

VEYLDF alignment

Item uses these practice principles

  • Reflective practice
  • Partnerships with families
  • High expectations of every child
  • Respectful relationships and responsive engagement

Item responds to these sub-outcomes

Children become strong in their social, emotional and spiritual wellbeing.