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Social Emotional Learning

PVPUSD Social Emotional Learning Pilot

What is Social Emotional Learning?

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.

 

 

 

 

Why is Social Emotional Learning Important in Schools?                                     

Students are more successful in school and daily life when they:

  • Know and can manage themselves
  • Understand the perspectives of others and relate effectively with them
  • Make sound choices about personal and social decisions
  • These social and emotional skills are some of several
  • Short-term student outcomes that SEL pro­grams
  • Promote (Durlak et al., 2011; Farrington et al., 2012 Sklad et al., 2012).

 

Other benefits include:

  • More positive attitudes toward oneself, others, and tasks including enhanced self-efficacy, confidence, 
    persistence, empathy, connection and commitment to school, and a sense of purpose
  • More positive social behaviors and relationships with peers and adults
  • Reduced conduct problems and risk-taking behavior
  • Decreased emotional distress
  • Improved test scores, grades, and attendance

In the long run, greater social and emotional competence can increase the likelihood of high school graduation, readiness for postsecondary education, career success, positive family and work relationships, better mental health, reduced criminal behavior, and engaged citizenship (e.g., Hawkins, Kosterman, Catalano, Hill, & Abbott, 2008; Jones, Greenberg, & Crowley, 2015).

 

What Programs Are Being Piloted?

 

MindUP

This research-based curriculum features 15 lessons that use the latest information about the brain to dramatically improve behavior and learning for all students.

Each lesson offers easy strategies for helping students focus their attention, improve their self-regulation skills, build resilience to stress, and develop a positive mind-set in both school and life. The lessons fit easily into any schedule and require minimal preparation. Classroom management tips and content-area activities help you extend the benefits of MindUP throughout your day, week, and year.

Second Step

Second Step provides instruction in social and emotional learning with units on skills for learning, empathy, emotion management, friendship skills, and problem solving. The program contains separate sets of lessons for use in prekindergarten through eighth grade implemented in 22 to 28 weeks each year. Second Step uses four key strategies to reinforce skill development: brain builder games (to build executive function), weekly theme activities, reinforcing activities, and home links. Teachers are encouraged to give children daily opportunities to practice.

 
Timeline of the Pilot
 
 
Date Activity Notes

August –

December

  • Read through the books
  • Do online training if you have Second Step
  • Present 8-10 lessons from your pilot
During this time, it is important for teachers to revisit the learning objectives from the lessons and remind students
January
  •  Teacher survey on first pilot
  • Survey will be based on the areas in the SEL wheel on page 1
  • Your feedback is imperative!
January-March
  • Read through the books
  • Do online training if you have Second Step
  • Present 8-10 lessons from the second pilot
During this time, it is important for teachers to revisit the learning objectives from the lessons and remind students
After Spring Break
  • Survey for second pilot
  • Survey will be based on the areas in the SEL wheel on page 1
  • Your feedback is imperative!
April
  • Meeting with teacher reps and Principals from each site to discuss both pilots
  • Selection of one at the meeting
 
April/May
  • Share feedback from sites with the Board and Executive Management team