Social and Emotional Learning (SEL)
Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) classes teach self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision-making skills at students’ social and emotional developmental level. These skills are taught through inquiry, self-reflection, mindfulness, and experiential activities. SEL classes occur at least once per Unit of Inquiry, with the exception of the Unit in which the school counselors teach the grade level Human Development. Parents learn about the SEL class through blogs about the lesson and class activities to reinforce lessons at home.
“Studies have shown that many risky behaviors such as drug use, bullying, and absenteeism are often linked to poor social and emotional skills. What’s more, (Social and Emotional Learning) has been linked to actual performance within the classroom and assessments.”