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Arizona Teacher In-Service Day
Christ Lutheran School, Phoenix

Friday, September 3, 2021
$25 p/person *$3 admin fee added at registration 

Practical Strategies for Implementing SEL In Everyday Curriculum


This Full Day Professional Development Workshop takes a look at defining SEL (Social Emotional Learning) and discovering the importance of intentionally integrating it into everyday curriculum.  Incorporating SEL into the classroom will open the doors for deeper educational and academic experiences while at the same time encourage and equip students to live out Romans 12:2  “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—His good, pleasing and perfect will”.


Teachers will learn how to:

  •        define SEL and its components

  •        infuse SEL into whole-class lessons

  •        implement practices to create an environment that supports every child

  •        increase student-to-student relationships and well-being

Karen Merritt, M.A., LPC

Karen Merritt is a Licensed Professional Counselor who holds a Bachelor of Science in Multi-Disciplinary Studies from Texas Tech University and a Master of Arts in Professional Counseling from Liberty University.

Through her 15 years of teaching both elementary and middle school, 6+ years of counseling in both Christian private practice and at St. Paul Lutheran School, Ft. Worth TX, she has worked with children and adolescents with a variety of concerns including ADHD, eating disorders, self‐harm, bullying, autism, depression, abuse, divorce, parental problems, and self‐concept issues. Prior to becoming a Licensed Professional Counselor, Karen served as a Theology Department Head and developed a Middle School Theology Curriculum at Prince of Peace Christian School, Carrollton, TX. By combining her background in Theology with Christian Mental Health practices, she offers Christ-Centered Biblically based counseling to children, families, and other educators.

Along with her day-to-day duties as a School Counselor at St. Paul Lutheran, she leads staff development workshops as well as parenting seminars for schools across Texas and throughout the country.

Friday, September 3

8:00 a.m.  Continental breakfast and check-in


8:15 a.m.  Worship – Pastor Schrank


8:45 a.m.  Welcome/Announcements/District Updates/Directions for the Day – Rachel Klitzing, Exec. Director of School Ministries and Jon Doyle, Principal, Christ, Phoenix


9:00 a.m.  Karen Merritt - Session 1


11:30 a.m. Lunch


12:15 p.m. Karen Merritt - Session 2


1:45 p.m.  Closing Prayer and sending

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