Social-Emotional Learning and Character Education
What is Social-Emotional Learning?
Social and emotional learning (SEL) is an integral part of education and human development. SEL is the process through which all young people and adults acquire and apply the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to develop healthy identities, manage emotions and achieve personal and collective goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain supportive relationships, and make responsible and caring decisions.
At East Elementary we embed social-emotional learning using a five-pronged approach. We utilize strategies elements to be a Trauma-Informed School, embed Direct Instruction of Social-Emotional skills through the RULER Philosophy from Yale University, infuse Social-Emotional Learning into our curriculum, train our staff on research-based best practices in behavioral De-Escalation, and frame discipline through a Restorative Practices lense. This comprehensive approach has helped our school develop a whole-child approach to education and benefit our students greatly.