Students have a unique perspective on how high-level decisions impact the day-to-day life of the school, and their voices are critical to quality schoolwide SEL implementation. By listening to students, schools can make informed decisions about the changes that will best support all learners.
When each staff member models social awareness by expressing their appreciation for their peers’ efforts, a culture of appreciation is created.
This process helps schools create an environment that supports students in developing the academic, social, and emotional competencies that they need to navigate the world.
SEL is a powerful lever for creating caring, just, inclusive, and healthy communities that support all individuals in reaching their fullest potential.
Foster supportive classroom environments that engage in explicit SEL and integrate SEL throughout instruction.
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Collaboratively develop a shared vision for schoolwide SEL that is communicated to the entire school community, informs planning and implementation, and is revisited regularly.
Just as it’s important to model SEL for students in the classroom, it’s also important for adults to consistently model social-emotional competencies with each other.
Review your current level of implementation, identify needs and resources, set goals, and develop concrete action steps for SEL implementation.
Mentoring programs can help teachers improve their professional relationships while enhancing their SEL and instructional practice.