Life School – Social & Emotional Learning

Life School supports students in achieving their personal life goals and living healthier, deeper, richer, more meaningful lives.

Life School is our social and emotional learning (SEL)/soft skills program that focuses on self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationships, and responsible decision-making. We believe that SEL can have a positive impact on school climate and promote a host of academic, social, and emotional benefits for students such as better academic performance, and improved attitudes, and behaviors. Life School aligns with both the Ohio Department of Education’s K-12 Social and Emotional Learning Standards as well as CASEL’S Framework

For more than ten years we have taught Life School both at Common Ground and at various schools throughout Northeast Ohio. We use an interactive approach that includes group discussions, group processing, small group discussion, pair and share, individual insight, interpretive arts, music, and indoor/outdoor adventure challenge activities. 

Life School includes multiple connected lessons primarily for grades 6 through 12, but can be customized to include K-5 as well. 

Our program was developed with flexibility in mind. After discussing your needs, budget and schedule we can develop a plan to best serve your school.

Learn more about the importance of SEL for youth. 

Workshop Topics


Awareness of the present moment. We will explore how our brains process information/stimuli when we’re calm versus when we’re stressed, and learn techniques to reduce stress in order to optimize the learning capacity of the brain. This workshop is the foundation for all other Life School Workshops.

Emotional Smarts

Explore a deeper understanding of how our emotions are natural and help create meaning in our lives. It’s our awareness and management of our emotions, or the lack thereof, that can benefit or create problems for us and those connected to us.


Explore how we come to have our point of view, become more mindful and understanding of who we are and how we connect to the world, which can help us in developing a well-rounded sense of confidence and optimism about our lives and those we share it with.

Being Yourself

Explore the different parts of you who are that makes you a unique individual, how self-acceptance, positive thinking and positive self-talk can have a direct impact on what and how we experience our lives.

Resilience (Fear)

Learn about making choices with an emotional awareness rather than making choices from a place of delusion or fear.


Focus on seeing the connections between habits in our lives and our emotions. We will explore how to become aware of problem habits in our lives and to create healthy habits in line with what we want to create in our lives.

Location and Pricing

At Common Ground

Life School can be held at Common Ground for up to 18 students.  The workshops are typically 3.5 hours of content and include a 30-minute lunch break.

Price: $700 dollars per day for up to 15 students.

At Your School

Our facilitator comes to your campus during your regular school day.  This approach allows the potential for an entire grade level to be engaged and alleviates the need for transportation, excess time out of the classroom, and meals.

Price: $325 for up to one hour of facilitation for up to 28 students or $1,950 for the school day. *Per hour rate must be consecutive. An additional travel charge will be added for locations more than 15 miles away from us.

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