We will cultivate resourceful, resilient citizens by teaching social and emotional learning skills in a nurturing academic environment.
Social and emotional learning (SEL) is the process through which children and adults understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions.
SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING DURING COVID-19
Social-Emotional Learning Resources
Here is a collection of resources to support these efforts.
- How to Talk to Children about the Coronavirus, Harvard Medical School
- Talking to Children About COVID-19 (Coronavirus): A Parent Resource, National Association of School Psychologists
- Coronavirus Public Health Emergency: Psychological Tips for Children and Adolescents’ Emotions, Department of Human Sciences, University of Verona
- Just for Kids: A Comic Exploring the New Coronavirus, NPR
- Social and Emotional Learning Supports for Children and Young Adults Around Covid-19, SEL4TX
- Coronavirus, Online Learning, Social Isolation, and Cyberbullying: How To Support Our Students, Cyberbullying Research Center
https://casel.org/homes-and-communities/ (resources and activities to help strengthen social and emotional skills within the home)
http://www.parenttoolkit.com/topics/social-and-emotional (parent tool kit for all ages to help with all aspects of social and emotional development through articles, videos, and activities)
https://www.edutopia.org/SEL-parents-resources (parents resource guide on social and emotional learning through videos)
Social and emotional learning (SEL) starts at home. Parents and families are critical partners in helping their children develop social and emotional know-how. They can model the kinds of skills, attitudes, and behaviors we want all students to master. And they can be important advocates for SEL at school. (CASEL)
Social-emotional skills are the strategies one has for managing strong emotions, navigating relationships, working effectively with others, solving difficult problems, and making responsible decisions.
Social-emotional skills pave the way for positive life experiences. When these skills are taught and supported, youth are more likely to succeed academically and have a positive attitude toward self and school, and less likely to experience emotional distress and use drugs.
During the school year, your child will be participating in community circles. A community circle is a time during class to learn about one another and build relationships. You can try this together by asking your children questions during the car ride home, on a walk, at dinner, or during a commercial. Here are some sample questions to ask your child:
- If one of your classmates could be the teacher for the day who would you want it to be? Why?
- What was your favorite subject to study today? Why?
- What was the nicest thing you did for someone else?
- What was one thing that made you happy or smile today?
- What was one thing that made you sad or mad today?
Watch the following video for more information on SEL: