SEL: Socio-Emotional Learning

Social-Emotional Learning is important for student achievement and success. Emotional intelligence in areas of self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision making (CASEL, Collaborative for Academic and Social Emotional Learning) help students in class, at home, and after graduation.

Lessons and activities in SEL help students to:

  • Know their feelings and manage difficult emotions (like anger, fear, or stress)

  • Have and keep healthy friendships and relationships

  • Have respect and empathy for others

  • Communicate, collaborate, and resolve conflicts

ABCUSD Programs and Services

Elementary students have access to lessons and activities inspired by programs like Sanford Harmony, Second Step, and Skillstreaming. The Playworks program supports physical activity and socio-emotional learning through play at recess while youth gain skills in conflict resolution, interpersonal relationships, and leadership.

Middle and high school students have Tobacco Use Prevention Education to learn communication and coping skills to prevent and reduce substance abuse. Programs teach about healthy relationships, setting and meeting goals, and responsible decision making.