Social/Emotional Learning

Department Welcome

"When we focus on the social and emotional aspect of working together on a science, math, or literacy activity, we create a balanced experience that helps children in all aspects of development."  -Ellen Booth Church

Social and emotional learning (SEL) is an integral part of education and human development.  Research confirms and teacher, parents, and principals agree: Social and emotional competencies can be taught, modeled, and practiced and lead to positive student outcomes that are important for success in schools and life. 

Decades of research studies demonstrate the following benefits of SEL: 

  • Improvement in students’ social and emotional skills, attitudes, relationships, academic performance, and perceptions of classroom and school climate

  • Decline in students’ anxiety, behavior problems, and substance use

  • Long-term improvements in students’ skills, attitudes, prosocial behavior, and academic performance

Through the use of evidence based practices, including Positive Behavioral Interventions and Support, Growth Mindset, Response to Intervention, and Second Step, the district has created a culture in which SEL is integrated throughout the school’s academic curriculum and broader schoolwide practices, and through ongoing collaboration with families and community organizations.  

Our curriculum provides students with the tools they need to succeed in and out of the classroom. It relies on evidence based practices and research to create a holistic approach to building supportive communities for every student through social and emotional learning. It teaches skills for resolving conflicts, working with others, forming healthy relationships, and making good decisions—so students can be more successful emotionally, socially, and academically. 

SEL Resources