Category Archives: SEA Online Classes

April 22nd, 2021 by 
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (18+) This class was created in 1979 by Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn and has been studied ever since. It has been shown to: reduce maladaptive stress responses reduce chronic pain and anxiety increase resilience and well-being, and increase focus and attention Please know that this class meets on Tuesdays, for 8 weeks, and that there is a daylong (probably 10am-5:30pm, ET) silent retreat on either Saturday, July 17. Clearly, this kind of deep work isn't for everyone. Attendance is crucial, as everyone in the class relies on the support of one another during this profound, inner journey. Signing …
April 22nd, 2021 by 
Mindfulness for Parents Stop screaming and start deeply connecting and healing! Learn how to skillfully meet conflict, listen deeply, understand and work with what's happening inside you, increase adaptability and resilience. More important, in my opinion, is that the increase in self-awareness and insight into patterns and familiar maladaptive behavior, can lead to insights and shifts in how you are and who you are, as a parent, child, friend, neighbor, and colleague. All practices are science-based and have been shown to improve well-being and decrease chronic anxiety and pain, and even increase happiness. Taught by Mary Martin, PhD Enroll in …
April 22nd, 2021 by 
Befriending Your Emotions and Meeting Your Mind This highly experiential, developmentally appropriate course is all about developing inner resources. Teens will learn how to identify and work with the entire range of emotions they experience. And while learning what it means and what it feels like to focus, they'll meet their minds, perhaps for the first time. Although focusing the attention benefits education and cognitive processing, arguably more important is what happens with social and emotional intelligence. We will also explore thoughts and feelings about identity and investigate the stress-response behaviors they have that might be maladaptive and in need …
December 7th, 2020 by 
Microbiology for Kids: In DepthPart 2 of a 2 Part SeriesScience Everyone Should Learn! Microbiology for Kids: IN DEPTH In part 2 of Microbiology for Kids students will build on what they learned in Part 1. As they explore more of the fascinating world microbes! Microbiology for Kids: IN DEPTH build on important science learned in Microbiology for Kids: THE BASICS. This 7-week session focuses on building knowledge and skills leading to mastery of core science topics. This approach empowers young people, engaging them in a way that creates a love of learning! Microbiology for Kids is the only class …
December 7th, 2020 by 
Microbiology for Kids: The BasicsPart 1 of a 2 Part SeriesScience Everyone Should Learn! Microbiology for Kids: The Basics Microbiology is the study of bacteria, viruses, and other microbes that are invisible to the eye. These tiny creatures are everywhere, including on and in you! When one of my students told her mother she needed me to teach more about viruses, I realized she was right! In this class, Blair Lee, M.S. weaves core and foundational biology into a topic everyone should learn! The good news is, microbiology is fascinating, too! Microbiology for Kids is the only class of its …
October 18th, 2020 by 
A Planet of Viruses - Family SeriesJoin Scientist Blair Lee for a 10-week Discussion about Viruses - Activity Guide included!Science Everyone Should Learn! When we think about life, we think about elephants, redwood trees, and people. Most of us do not think about organisms so small we cannot even see them, and we certainly do not think about those particles called viruses that are right on the border of living and non-living. Each Week there will be a presentation about the science followed by discussions about topics from the reading. There will also be a guide with labs and activities …
October 17th, 2020 by 
The Earth & You: Resources, Hazards, Solutions - Elementary Level Science Series Session 4Session 4 of Season 2 Planet Earth: Home to abundant natural resources and natural disasters. It’s a good thing it is also home to people who are natural engineers and problem solvers. This 3-week session starts with an investigation looking at the natural resources found on our home planet. In week two, students will engage in a hands-on activity looking at natural disasters. In this week, students will choose one type of natural disaster to share about in class. The next week, we will work together as …
October 17th, 2020 by 
Let's Work Smarter - Elementary Level Science Series Session 3Session 3 of Season 2 Everyday people use simple machines to make the work they need to do easier. Many of these were invented centuries ago, and we still use them today. In this 3-week series, students will investigate and learn about some of the most useful machines ever invented. We will look at how screws and planes make work easier, how levers and gears help when moving heavy loads, and how pulleys work. Each 3-week session will be filled with hands-on activities and investigations. There will also be some "work" …
October 16th, 2020 by 
From Molecules to Organisms - Elementary Level Science Series Session 2Session 2 of Season 2 Molecules make some really amazing things! They make the Sun, Moon, and the planet Earth. Molecules make everything on Earth, too, including all organisms. Molecules even make you! This 3-week series will focuses on molecules and the cells they make. Along the way, students will learn about cells, investigate how their body turns an apple into the 3-states of matter (and builds cells in the process). Your senses are an important part of how you negotiate the world around you. This week, students will engage …
October 14th, 2020 by 
What's the Matter? - Elementary Level Science Series Session 1Session 1 of Season 2 If you were to jump up right now and peer closely at the wall, what would you see? Do you think it would be an uncountable number of constantly moving particles? In this three-week session students will learn the basic explaining matter. They will explore the structure and properties of matter. They will learn about atoms, molecules, and different types of bonds. Students will make hands-on scientific models and engage in activities as they investigate and learn about the basics explaining what matter is. What's the …
October 13th, 2020 by 
High School Writing with How Would You Rule? Do you like to argue? Are ethical puzzles fun to work through? Then you'll love Daniel Park's book How Would You Rule? which puts you in the judge's seat for some of the weirdest legal cases ever. We'll read several chapters from the book and use them for live discussions and writing activities of a variety of lengths and complexities. Learners will write four, multi-draft essays and receive supportive, meaningful feedback that challenges them to find their own writing style and craft academic writing effectively and engagingly. Taught by Michelle Parrinello-Cason Class Closed …
October 13th, 2020 by 
Middle School Writing with The Good, the Bad, and the Barbie Is Barbie a phenomenal example of pop culture influence who has sparked creativity and joy? Or is she a sign of the ills of our society that has brought about poor self esteem and vanity? Take a look at Barbie through multiple perspectives while learning more about the changes she's undergone and the biography of her creator, Ruth Handler. We'll read the book The Good, the Bad, and the Barbie and write two multi-draft essays based off our work. Taught by Dr. Michelle Parrinello-Cason Class ClosedWhat Makes SEA Online …
October 12th, 2020 by 
Exploring Philosophy with The Good Place Whether you are a fan of The Good Place or have never seen it before, this class is set up to be enjoyable and informational for all. Is it ever okay to lie? What makes a good friend? How should you make a decision? These are just some of the questions we'll tackle. In four separate 7-week classes, we will watch each season of The Good Place and explore its philosophical and ethical themes. Each week, we will have a live discussion over the previous week’s episodes. The final two class periods will be reserved for final …
October 12th, 2020 by 
High School Writing with Hope Jahren's Lab Girl (Guided-No Live Meetings) Hope Jahren's Lab Girl is a beautifully written tribute to what it means to be a scientist and a human. Follow Jahren's memoir through alternating chapters that explore her personal life and struggles with mental illness and her professional life and observations of the plant world. Learners will write four, multi-draft essays and receive supportive, meaningful feedback that challenges them to find their own writing style and craft academic writing effectively and engagingly. Taught by Michelle Parrinello-Cason Class Closed Class Duration: February 1-April 25 Class Size: 3-8 learners Age …
October 12th, 2020 by 
Advanced Fantasy Map-Making: World-Building In a continuation of the Fantasy Map-Making class, learn more advanced techniques in map-making while collaboratively building a storyline for a fantasy world. Drawn, relief, and printed maps will be explored with more complexity, and new methods, including digital maps, will be introduced. This class also includes an array of writing prompts to guide your learner's crafting of story and connect their ideas to their maps. The class will finish with a group project featuring a collection of maps and stories based on a world we create together, and all students will be sent a physical …