Social Emotional Learning
Social Emotional Learning (SEL) is an integral part of a child’s education. Research suggests that emotions affect how and what is learned. The SEL curriculum is embedded into the existing grade-level curriculum where positive social and emotional skills are fostered in a well-managed and engaging environment. Students will develop self-awareness and self-management skills to achieve school and life success; use social-awareness and interpersonal skills to establish and maintain positive relationships; and demonstrate decision-making skills and responsible behaviors in personal, school, and community contexts.
Social emotional health and well being are an essential component of a child’s life. As a result of the Children’s Mental Health Act of 2003, the Illinois State Board of Education adopted Social Emotional Learning Standards along with goals, age-appropriate benchmarks, and performance descriptors. Illinois Social Emotional Learning Standards
The District #37 curricular resource for social emotional learning is based upon the Second Step program for grades Early Childhood - grade 8 and school – based PBIS – aligned activities that target social emotional learning goals. Instruction related to Erin’s Law is provided to all students through the social workers and the Zacharias Institute.
Below are links to information on components of social emotional health, as well as common conditions that interfere with social emotional health and well being:
- Bipolar Disorder
- Self Control
- Self Esteem
- Stress/Post Traumatic Stress