Social Emotional Learning (SEL)
A District 58 education focuses on the whole child, and Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) is an important component.
SEL, as defined by the not-for-profit Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL), is ”the process whereby children and adults develop essential social and emotional skills, knowledge and attitudes” related to the core areas of social and emotional competency:
- Social awareness
- Relationship skills
- Responsible decision-making
According to CASEL, research has shown that SEL has a wide variety of benefits for students. It supports and boosts academic achievement and provides the foundation for improved social, health and behavioral outcomes. SEL promotes key competencies through instruction and modeling, as well as through the creation of learning environments where students feel safe, cared for and engaged in learning.
The Illinois Learning Standards include three goals for SEL:
- Develop self-awareness and self-management skills to achieve school and 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.
Over the past few years, District 58, led by its Social-Emotional Learning committee, has focused on incorporating SEL at the district, building and classroom levels. District 58’s goal is to create a learning environment where students show up eager to learn; feel a sense of connectedness to their school and teachers; feel safe from being treated poorly; perform to their fullest potential; treat all others with respect; and contribute to the well-being of the community.
District 58 provides a continuum of learning experiences for students regarding sexual assault and abuse in compliance with Illinois School Code and Erin’s Law.
District 58 will continue to expand its supports and resources to help children develop the social and emotional skills they need to succeed. These efforts are being assisted by multi-year partnerships between District 58, CASEL and the DuPage Regional Office of Education to provide resources and training for staff.