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Social Emotional Learning

Rebecca Anthony                        Samantha Barrale
Rebecca.Anthony@jeffco.k12.co.us        Samantha.Barrale@jeffco.k12.co.us
Voicemail:  303-982-2908                               Voicemail:  303-982-2929


This is a wheel that explains the parts of social emotional learning.










What is Social Emotional Learning?

According to CASEL, social and emotional learning (SEL) is the process through which children and adults acquire and effectively apply the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary to understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions.

Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning 




Resources:

Drug Intervention

Social Emotional Learning Specialist (SELS) provides direct case management services to any student who has been suspended for substance use or who is suspected of substance use and referred by school personnel, parent/guardian, or self-referral. The SEL offers screening and guidance for the student and their family to help navigate resources and services that may be available. The SEL will act as a liaison between the schools, the family and other involved agencies to help the student be successful. This program was devised by Jeffco Schools, Student Engagement office and is being implemented in our school by the SEL.


Funding Source:

Jeffco school district has made a significant commitment to social emotional learning across our district. This is evident in the installation of 31 Social Emotional Learning Specialists (SELS) beginning in the 2016-17 school year with funds from the board of education. Additional funds were sought out by Jeffco to support additional SELS work in elementary and high schools. The SELS at BLANK are funded by the Jeffco’s School Health Professional Grant. This grant was awarded to Jeffco by the Colorado Department of Education to support 6 SELS in elementary schools and 3 nurses in high schools to demonstrate the role of SEL in substance use and abuse prevention. More information about this grant program can be found at School and Health Professional Grant Program.



Why is Social and Emotional Learning important?

Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) helps youth acquire and apply the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary to understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions. Social and emotional skill building can have a positive impact on school climate, help students become good learners, and prevent or reduce many risky behaviors, including drug use, violence, bullying and dropping out.



Durlak, Weissberg et al.'s 2011 analysis of 213 studies that focused on SEL in schools indicates that students receiving quality SEL instruction demonstrated:

  • better academic performance: achievement scores an average of 11 percentile points higher than students who did not receive SEL instruction;
  • improved attitudes and behaviors: greater motivation to learn, deeper commitment to school, increased time devoted to schoolwork, and better classroom behavior;
  • fewer negative behaviors: decreased disruptive class behavior, noncompliance, aggression, delinquent acts, and disciplinary referrals; and
  • reduced emotional distress: fewer reports of student depression, anxiety, stress, and social withdrawal.

Second Step Curriculum

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This is an image of the Second Step Bullying Prevention Unit Curriculum.

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