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Social Emotional Learning (SEL)

Overview Statement

Social Emotional Learning is broadly understood as a process through which individuals build awareness and skills in managing emotions, setting goals, establishing relationships, and making responsible decisions that support success in school and in life. When we think of educating the whole child, their social and emotional development must be considered as a part of overall instruction.

In Walla Walla Public Schools we recognize that social emotional learning is an important aspect of the educational day due to the strong correlation to overall academic and school success. Just as we teach core academic skills in math and reading, we teach students how to manage their emotions, set goals, establish relationships and make responsible decisions. Our attention to students’ social emotional needs supports their academic performance.

Instructional Resources

Elementary Classroom use Harmony SEL

The Harmony SEL materials were selected to support student growth toward Washington State adopted Social Emotional Learning standards. Harmony provides lessons to support students in strengthening peer relationships, problem solving, empathy and critical thinking.

Secondary Classrooms use Panorama

The Panorama materials provide access to an extensive variety of lessons that allow each building to support the needs of their students based on individual and building level data. Lesson encompass building strong relationships, how to ask for help, strategies for regulating emotions, and learning about different perspectives, for example.

For state level information, please visit the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI)
webpage: https://www.k12.wa.us/student-success/resources-subject-area/social-emotional-learning-sel

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