Social-Emotional Learning (SEL)
What are your hopes and dreams for your children and the children in your community?
That they become independent thinkers? Dedicated problem solvers? Excellent communicators? That they are happy, healthy and have fulfilling relationships with others? That they love school?
At SCUSD, we are committed to providing schools that are safe, caring places for children to enjoy learning, be intellectually challenged, make lasting friendships and master essential standards of learning.
SCUSD has two foundational initiatives aimed at fulfilling our commitment to students and families:Common Core State Standards and Social-Emotional Learning (SEL).
Through SEL, students will gain skills in five competencies that researchers agree are essential to success in school and life. Those competencies are: Self-management; self-awareness; responsible decision-making; relationship skills; and social awareness.
With these skills, students will learn to manage their own emotions and behavior, which in turn will help them become more successful students. Through instruction and role modeling, children will learn how to control their reactions and how to get along better with others, creating a happier learning environment for teachers, staff and kids.
Years of research shows that students who attend schools where SEL is a priority perform better academically.
SCUSD’s work in SEL is being funded by a three-year, $750,000 implementation grant from the NoVo Foundation. SEL is being piloted in 2012-13 at C.K. McClatchy High School, California Middle School, Leataata Floyd Elementary School and Sutterville Elementary School.
SCUSD is aiming for district-wide SEL implementation in the 2015-16 school year.
What is Social-Emotional Learning?
Social-Emotional Learning refers to teaching and role-modeling that helps children and adults develop five important life skills:
- The ability to show understanding and empathy for others (social awareness)
- The ability to form positive relationships, work in teams and deal effectively with conflict (relationship skills)
- The ability to make constructive choices about personal and social behavior (responsible decision-making)
- The ability to recognize your own emotions, values, strengths and limitations (self-awareness)
- The ability to manage your own behaviors to achieve your goals