May 22nd, 2020

Infusing SEL Into Everything

SEL must be infused into all aspects of an integrated learning experience. This includes all academic areas, consideration of asset-based behavioral and attendance interventions and supports, and health concerns. SEL involves developmentally intentional and supportive education of THIS whole child, not just some generic THE whole child. It includes a strengthening of educators’ radar to detect the challenges children and educators face to achieve this goal. AT the same time, all of this must occur within an explicit, often repeated value, that we are valuable, diverse members functioning within a community. We have responsibilities to support the community and to be aware of our impacts on the community, as well as a right to expect the community to support our success role within it.

Tags: Adult SEL, Climate and culture, community building, curriculum, definition, equity, Integrating SEL into academics, leadership, Mental health, relationships, restorative practices, SEL Leadership, SEL Policy, student-centered, students, Trauma-informed practices

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We recently did a climate change booth at my daughter's elementary school and passed spectroscopes to kids. While the science of light and spectrum is "fundamental" the interpretation by each kid was unique. The lesson I took away was that the light in "THIS child" is not generalizable to the light in "THE child". The spectrum of SEL is very contextual and hence requires participation by all stakeholders involved in the child's development and a collaboration between them.

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Well said Dan. We have to support and take care of our communities. It is imperative that we teach our students that everyone is a valuable member of society and that respecting diversity is important. We must seize this opportunity to make positive and effective changes.

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Could not agree more, Dan, Well stated.

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