Social & Emotional Learning

Social and Emotional Learning is a process for helping children and adults develop fundamental skills for life effectiveness. SEL teaches the skills we all need to handle ourselves, our relationships, and our work effectively and ethically. These skills include recognizing and managing our emotions, developing caring and concern for others, establishing positive relationships, making responsible decisions, and handling challenging situations constructively and ethically.

AISD is a recognized leader in urban education and one of the first districts in the nation to commit to the development of the whole child by incorporating social and emotional learning. During 2015-16, SEL reached all 129 schools.

SEL reaches beyond the classroom to all aspects of life. Skills and concepts are integrated in academic lessons and practiced to enhance the climate of the school. Out of school time providers and parents reinforce SEL skills as well.

School Tours

Interested in a tour? Interested in taking a tour of our Seed Model Campuses and learning more about SEL in Austin ISD? Social and Emotional Learning tours are provided periodically during the school year.

Please complete the form to notify us of your interest in visiting.

Contact Us


SEL Director
Pete Price | 512-414-8728 |

SEL Assistant Director
Caroline Chase | 512-414-9690 |

SEL Communications Specialist
Victoria Birkeland | 512-414-0872 |

Administrative Assistant
Dawn Goodman | 512-414-9791 |