Social Emotional Learning Network (SEL)

December 13, 2023

Special Education


This training is located in the Sill Business Incubator at Juniata College. Also known as JCEL Building, it is located on the corner of Moore Street and Fourteenth Street in Huntingdon, on the south end of Juniata College campus. There is a parking lot behind the building, however, parking is extremely limited, so please allow extra time for your commute as you may need to find street parking and walk a few blocks. 

Please enter the building on the Fourteenth Street side, across from Sheetz. TIU11 is clearly marked on this door. Once inside, go upstairs immediately and our training room is on the second floor at the top of the stairs. You will sign in once you arrive in the training room.

Sep 22

This meeting will be the second in a series of 4 SEL Networking events to be hosted this year. 

Welcome back to our guest speaker, Ryan Klingensmith, creator of Shape the Sky. This is Ryan's second time as a guest speaker at TIU11 and you are in for a treat! Ryan's portion of the day will be in the morning, then there will be an opportunity to network with other Special Education teachers in the afternoon. We will also explore strategies for diffusing challenging behavior. Read below to learn more about our speaker. 

The Founder of Shape the Sky

Ryan Klingensmith, Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC), is the founder of Shape the Sky. Ryan started his career in 1994, where he worked at an inpatient psychiatric hospital for teens diagnosed with a mental health disorder. He also worked in residential treatment facilities, teen shelters, and group homes for children and teens. In 2010, Ryan began providing outpatient mental health therapy for youth, and he also began working in Student Assistance Programs (SAPs) in Pennsylvania to present about drug and alcohol prevention. When he was working with middle school and high school students, he noticed the mistakes and misuse of social media. Shape the Sky was born when he identified a need for comprehensive, ongoing education about social media for parents, school personnel, law-enforcement and mental health providers. 

With technology and social media usage growing, the need to educate invested adults is growing too. With Ryan’s background in mental health and knowledge of social media, he developed a series of training programs to inform adults about current youth culture online, the mental health implications of social media, and general misuse of technology by kids and teens. Once they have a better awareness and understanding of what’s happening online, adults can use their wisdom to keep kids safe.

The second part of the day will provide opportunities to network with local teachers as we have an introduction to Restorative Practices and Circles.

This event is free and open to all Emotional Support teachers and staff, Learning Support teachers and staff, Guidance Counselors, Social Workers, and any professional team member that works with students in need of enhanced social emotional skills training! Feel free to share the link and encourage your colleagues to attend.

Lunch will be on your own. You are welcome to pack a lunch or eat in town. There is a Sheetz within walking distance to the training room. Parking can be found behind the JCEL building on campus. Please look for burgundy colored TIU Training signs to help you navigate.

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Registration is open until 2023-12-13

Available Credit or Activity Hours

Act 48 Activity Hours
5.0 Hours
Student Social and Health Issues Educational Specialist


Wednesday, December 13
9am - 3pm
SEL Meeting