Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) 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.
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.
In Austin ISD, SEL goes beyond the boardroom or even the classroom to the living room, reaching all aspects of life. Because of this, Austin ISD 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.
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.