Social and Emotional Learning

Counselor on chair speaking with young students on floorSocial and Emotional Learning (SEL) is an important part of well-rounded student instruction. These skills help students academically, emotionally, and socially. 

Our mission is to build up social and emotional learning in our schools and to support the development of these skills in our students by working within various learning communities.


About Social and Emotional Learning

What is SEL?

Social and Emotional Learning is the process of developing self-awareness, self-control, and interpersonal skills necessary for life. SEL is built on five key parts:

  • Relationship skills

  • Self-awareness

  • Social awareness

  • Self-management

  • Responsible decision making

In practice, SEL grows important soft skills such as:

  • understanding and managing emotions

  • setting and achieving positive goals

  • feeling and showing empathy for others

  • establishing and maintaining positive relationships

  • making responsible decisions


How is SEL used in our schools?

We use the basics to guide our use of SEL in our district, focusing on the fundamentals:

  • relationship building
  • developing student grit
  • creating engaging learning spaces
  • Whole Child Development

We target these building blocks in our instruction and through welcoming rituals, engaging practices, and optimistic closures. 

All elementary and middle school campuses have selected activities that highlight these practices. As we continue to develop SEL in our schools, we hope to continue to add more approaches to our schools


Below are some useful resources to help families learn about SEL at home.