Sessions will be a progression of synchronous (live), facilitated activities for youth in online settings. Recommendations for “between session work”, and application and transference of students' learnings to the online classroom will be made along with the identification of areas of responsibility as a member of a classroom. As partners, POBS will provide information for accessing sessions (unless otherwise planned), and use the required online platform identified by the school. All sessions are 75-90 minutes in length.


Session 1 – Belonging: Group Relationships and Teamwork

The session supports the development of connections and relationships between and among students and classroom staff. It engages students in the process of committing to the creation of a safe, inclusive, trusting, and empathetic learning community.

Session Objectives:
At the end of this session participants will be able to:

  1. Build connections and relationships among peers and with educational staff.
  2. Feel more comfortable sharing their unique interests and skills, talents, and knowledge.
  3. Begin to see value in others.
  4. Recognize their ability to communicate and collaborate with one another.


Session 2 – Courage: Perseverance and Assertiveness

The session provides the opportunity for students to begin using their voice and make choices; sharing their ideas and opinions more actively with the group. Students will begin to work through challenges, make decisions and solve problems as a group, with a goal toward embracing and learning from mistakes.

Session Objectives:
At the end of this session participants will be able to:

  1. Feel more comfortable sharing ideas and opinions that contribute to the effectiveness of the group.
  2. Recognize they have options for using their voice and making choices.
  3. See challenges as a fun experience.
  4. Embrace mistakes and see value in learning from them.

NOTE: Sessions 1 & 2 may be delivered independently as one 120 minute session or as a series of two.

Session 3 – Reflection: Self-Awareness and Social Responsibility

The session begins to create space for students to recognize their thoughts and emotions, become aware of their relevance and contributions to the group and begin to consider the perspectives of others. Strategies for effective discussion, listening, and taking responsibility for the impact on the group start to take shape.

Session Objectives:
At the end of this session participants will be able to:

  1. Participate in a reflective process with others.
  2. Consider their relevance as a member of the group.
  3. Work through the challenges of listening to others.
  4. Begin to consider other perspectives.


Session 4 – Transference: Leadership in the Classroom

The session explores next steps by reflecting on the prior session(s) and thinking about how they will individually and collectively put into practice what they have learned and identified as important. Students will consider ownership and what roles they might play within the group and have the opportunity to recognize the value others on their team bring to the table by directly sharing appreciations with one another.

Session Objectives:
At the end of this session participants will be able to:

  1. Identify learning moments and the impact of learning on the group.
  2. Identify 1-2 practices for transfer into the virtual or in-person learning environment.
  3. See and feel value in appreciating others and being appreciated by others when building relationships and community.

NOTE: Sessions 3 & 4 delivered independently as one 120 minute session or as a series of two.


These sessions are designed to be delivered as a progression – each session building on the last. Together they form an Outward Bound experience that addresses the needs of our school and community-based partners. Topics are based on the Outward Bound Educational Framework and the Domains of Thriving Outcomes Tool (DoT). The options for paired (2) sessions may be discussed (see below for pairings).


4 SEL-Intensive Sessions

  1. Belonging: Group Relationships and Teamwork
  2. Courage: Perseverance and Assertiveness
  3. Reflection: Self-Awareness and Social Responsibility
  4. Transference: Leadership in the Classroom

*All sessions are 75-90 minutes.


Session 1 + Session 2
Belonging + Courage
120 minutes

Session 3 + Session 4
Reflection + Transference, Mastery & Final
120 minutes

The following framework is used to design and facilitate sessions for staff and youth and will continue to be employed throughout the planning of online learning.

Developed in partnership with The NOAM Institute.

Domains of Thriving

This research-based observation tool combines 50+ years of Outward Bound experience with current research on youth development. The tool codifies, promotes and measures the staff practices that support student growth. It is used to drive program quality improvement and to support the ongoing development of Outward Bound instructional staff.