What is SEL?

SEL — Social Emotional Learning — is the deliberate school-wide and classroomreinforcement of the following skills and attitudes:

  • self awareness
  • self discipline
  • self motivation
  • impulse control
  • persistence to task
  • empathy
  • social skills—courtesy, kindness, appreciation of diversity
  • communication
  • listening

SEL is…

  • The use of teachable moments to help our students continue to learn how to make better decisions.
  • Our agreement, as a faculty, to be responsible for all students at our school – and agreeing not to ignore behavior of which we disapprove.
  • An increased awareness of our professional responsibility to treat others with the same regard and respect we hope to be treated: students, colleagues and parents.
  • The active support of initiatives that support our students’ social and emotional learning along with their academic learning.
  • A recognition that students will not care about what we know until they know we care about them as individuals.
  • A commitment to fostering a broad definition of intelligence which includes social and emotional skills as well as high academic expectations.
  • The collaborative, daily development of a school climate characterized by a uniquely high level of caring and mutual respect.