WHAT IS SOCIAL and EMOTIONAL LEARNING?
"Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) is the process of developing social and emotional skills in the context of a safe, caring, well-managed, and engaging learning environment" (CASEL, 2010). For more information about CASEL visit https://casel.org/
SEL is a framework for teaching students skills they need to put academic information to use. SEL programming includes things like prevention strategies for all students on bullying and cyberbullying, social skills curriculum, and small group and one on one services for students who are in need of social and emotional support. SEL is a way to support positive behavior and strong self-esteem development.
Research shows us that children achieve greater academic success when schools teach more than reading, writing, and arithmetic. In schools where SEL Programming is in place, students' standardized test scores in reading and math increase between 11%-17% ( CASEL, 2010)!
WHO CAN I CONTACT TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT SEL PROGRAMS?
First, you should contact your student's classroom teacher or school principal to find out when the Second Step or Habitudes programs are taught.
For more information about the programs, contact Maggie Spehar, Director of Student Services at firstname.lastname@example.org or Cindy Ponce at email@example.com from Student Services, for information on the Second Step or the Habitudes Program at your school.