Social Emotional Learning

Social emotional learning (SEL) is the process where students develop the awareness and skills needed to manage emotions, set goals, build relationships and make responsible decisions.

Studies have found that adopting SEL supports positive school communities and improved academic outcomes.

SEL Steering Committee

  • Began Late Spring 2018
  • 45 members - cross section of the District - Parents/Community
  • Meeting, roughly, quarterly
  • Building understanding and capacity for the Task Force Teams

SEL Task Force Teams

  • Elementary
  • Middle
  • High
  • District
  • Community

Washington State Benchmarks for Social Emotional Learning

The Washington State Legislature commissioned a work group to develop benchmarks for the social emotional learning of students across the state. That group outlined six benchmarks:


Elementary SEL Crosswalk: Tier 1

  • Alignment of Current Resources to SEL Standards
  • Second Steps Survey
  • "Mini" - Pilot-Sanford Harmony
  • Explore Character Strong for District Alignment


Middle School Task Force Update

The overall goal for our task force is to present to the Steering Committee, a plan to bring SEL to the Middle Schools in a systemic and lasting way.

We have been researching and collaborating as a group and going through several steps in order to ensure the greatest success of implementation.

1. Build a common understanding
2. Evaluate what is currently in place
3. Research and evaluate curriculum
4. Determine best tier 1 option
5. Data collection from stakeholders
6. Built common belief between all MS
7. Proposal
8. Next steps


High School Task Force Update

  • Studied schools and the success they have seen with SEL education and using information to guide our process.
  • Assessed need for SEL education at the secondary level.
  • Studied Tier 1 Curriculum.
  • WSHS and WHS starting to pilot some strategies.

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