Social and Emotional Learning
Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) is an important part of well-rounded student instruction. These skills help students academically, emotionally and socially.
Social and Emotional Learning is the process of developing self-awareness, self-control, and interpersonal skills necessary for life. SEL builds relationship skills, self-awareness, social awareness, self-management and responsible decision making. In practice, SEL grows important soft skills like:
understanding and managing emotions
setting and achieving positive goals
feeling and showing empathy for others
establishing and maintaining positive relationships
making responsible decisions
Our mission is to help create an environment of equity and excellence in our schools. We do this using SEL by:
- empowering learners by developing SEL skills
- fostering open and equal environments
- cultivating partnerships that help our community develop and thrive
We use the basics to guide our use of SEL in our district:
- relationship building
- developing student grit
- creating engaging learning spaces
- Whole Child Development
All campuses have selected activities that highlight these practices. We target these building blocks in our instruction and through the three signature practices:
- Welcoming activities
- Engaging practices
- Optimistic closures
SEL at home
We encourage families to use the “Three Signature Practices” at home similar to the school environment. When students see a respectful partnership between home and school that helps them, they are likely to have positive attitudes about school and be successful. Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) has a direct impact on creating connectedness among staff, students and parents.
- Say a good morning greeting to everyone in the house.
- Discuss what everyone in the family is grateful for before leaving the house.
- Have a morning affirmative phrase to say as a family for starting the day.
- Cook a family meal together and eat together.
- Enjoy a weekly family game night.
- Allow your child to have a voice in expressing their emotions.
- Practice problem-solving skills and conflict resolution scenarios.
- Engage in a "Mindful Minute" before going to bed (see ideas in the Family Coping Kit resources below).
- Tell a family member what you appreciate about them before going to bed at night.
- Encourage each family member set a goal for the next day.
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Making a calm home environment
- Take care of yourself (model good self-care).
- Support your children in their full range of emotions.
- Have consistent daily routines.
- Find creative ways to maintain friendships and social connections.
- Make time for play, rest and family time.
- Help foster compassion by encouraging them to reach out to people or virtually volunteer.
- Maintain physical health with proper exercise and cleanliness (ex. handwashing).
- Provide age-appropriate and accurate information about world events.
- Share with children what you do to keep them safe.
Creating a family emotional coping kit
Use "emotion emojis", "the feelings wheel" or create your own family set of emotional emojis to name and acknowledge emotions children may be experiencing. Let your child know that there are no bad emotions.
Practice calming breathing techniques and mindfulness activities to reduce stress.
Try yoga or other movement and stretching activities.
Do fun indoor physical activities and games.
Provide a private journal or sketchbook where children can express their emotions through writing or drawing.
Virtual calming room
Books to read with your family
Engage your children in learning SEL by reading these books:
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