Student Social and Emotional Development
Social and emotional learning (SEL) is defined as the process through which students develop and enhance their ability to integrate thinking, feeling, and behaving to achieve important life tasks. Students competent in SEL are able to recognize and manage their emotions, establish healthy relationships, set positive goals, meet personal and social needs, and make responsible and ethical decisions.
The Superintendent shall incorporate SEL into the District’s curriculum and other educational programs consistent with the District’s mission and the goals and benchmarks of the Ill. Learning Standards. The Ill. Learning Standards include three goals for students:
- 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.
- Demonstrate decision-making skills and responsible behaviors in personal, school, and community contexts.
The incorporation of SEL objectives into the District’s curriculum and other educational programs may include but is not limited to:
- Classroom and school-wide programming to foster a safe, supportive learning environment where students feel respected and valued.
- Staff development and training to promote students’ SEL development.
- Parent/Guardian and family involvement to promote students’ SEL development.
- Community partnerships to promote students’ SEL development.
- Early identification and intervention for those students who may be a risk for learning problems associated with social, emotional or mental health problems.
- Referral and assessment through school-based and community supports, medical providers, and other educational institutions, for students who exhibit social and emotional difficulties.
- Assessment and accountability for teaching SEL skills to all students through District-adopted programs.
|LEGAL REFERENCE||Children’s Mental Health Act, 405 ILCS 49/.|
|REVIEW HISTORY||2004, February 2017, January 2023|