Social Emotional Learning (SEL)

  • What is Social Emotional Learning and why is it important?

     Social and emotional learning (SEL) is a process through which children develop in their ability to integrate thinking, feeling, and behaving to succeed at important developmental tasks. SEL is the process process to acquire and 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.

    Learning is a social and cognitive process, the quality of our relationships and social interactions shape our ability to learn. The ability to think, reason, and solve problems deepens our understanding.

    Social and emotional skill building can have a positive impact on the school climate, help students become good learners, and prevent or reduce many risky behaviors, including drug use, violence, bullying, and dropping out.

    SEL Wheel D6 SEL framework strives to enable students to develop in a safe, inclusive, culturally responsive, academically engaging, and equitable learning environment that cultivates:

    • Self Awareness
    • Self Management
    • Social Awareness
    • Relationship Skills
    • Responsible Decision Making






    Positive Climate and Culture Environment and Routines

    • Community Building Activities/PBIS 
    • Trauma Informed Teaching Practices
    • Belonging and Student Safety
    • Student Centered Discipline


    Evidenced Based SEL Curriculum is:
    SEL: The Three Legged Stool


    • Sequenced:Connected coordinated activities
    • Active:Forms of learning that help students master new skills
    • Focused:Clearly emphasizing personal and social skills
    • Explicit:Targeting the 5 SEL competencies




SEL Curriculum

  • District 6 has selected Second Step social emotional learning curriculum to be used at our K-5 schools. 

    District 6 has selected 7 Mindsets social emotional learning Curriculum to be utilized at our middle and high schools. 


  • The approaches to promoting SEL skills include:

    • Free-standing lessons specifically and explicitly designed to enhance students’ social and emotional competencies (e.g., such as a lesson that teaches students strategies for coping with stress or anxiety).
    • Teaching practices designed to create optimal conditions for the development of social and emotional competence, including strategies that promote reflection by students or build positive and supportive relationships among teachers, students, and families.
    • Integration of SEL (lessons and/or practices) and academic instruction (such as an ELA, social studies or mathematics curriculum that incorporates SEL lessons or practices).
    • Organizational strategies designed to create systemic structures and supports to promote students’ social and emotional development, including a schoolwide culture conducive to learning. Such approaches should also ensure that evidence-based classroom or schoolwide practices or programs are used to support student social and emotional development.

    Second Step Skills and Concepts


    • Unit 1: Growth Mindset & Goal Setting
    • Unit 2: Emotion Management
    • Unit 3: Empathy & Kindness
    • Unit 4: Problem-Solving


    Learning Objectives

    From 7 MIndsets

    Everything is Possible

    Dream Big, Embrace Creativity, Think Positive, Act & Adjust


    Passion First

    Focus on Strengths, Explore Your Interests, Take a Stand, Be Authentic


    We are Connected

    Embrace Everyone, Maximize Positive Relationships, Dream Team, Lead with Value


    100% Accountable

    Own Your Life, Overcome Limiting Beliefs, Focus Your Energy, Grow Through Life


    Attitude of Gratitude

    Treasure Yourself, Be More Grateful, Thank It Forward, Elevate Your Perspective


    Live to Give

    Stretch Yourself, Make a Difference, Receive Gracefully, Create a Legacy


    The Time is Now

    Embrace Every Moment, Get into the Zone, Let Yourself be Vulnerable, Act with Purpose 

Passion First