Social Emotional Learning
School District 45, DuPage County believes that the Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) of our students is a critical component to a 21st century education. SEL skills are taught explicitly to students, as well as being infused into other areas of the curriculum.
SEL, as defined by the not-for-profit Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL), is the “process whereby children and adults develop essential social and emotional skills, knowledge and attitudes” related to the core areas of social and emotional competency:
According to CASEL, research has shown that SEL has a wide variety of benefits for students. It supports and boosts academic achievement and provides the foundation for improved social, health and behavioral outcomes. SEL promotes key competencies through instruction and modeling, as well as through the creation of learning environments where students feel safe, cared for and engaged in learning.
The Illinois Learning Standards include three goals for SEL:
- Develop self-awareness and self-management skills to achieve school and success.
- Use social awareness and interpersonal skills to establish and maintain positive relationships.
- Demonstrate decision-making skills and responsible behaviors in personal, school and community contexts.
District 45 provides instruction at to support SEL skills at all levels. In addition to the Second Step Curriculum, Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) is in place at each school to help each student be ready to learn. In accordance with current law, Erin’s Law presentations are held for students each year, as well as presentations by Erika’s Lighthouse for students who are in middle school. District 45 has partnered with CASEL and the Du Page Regional Office of Education to provide effective SEL learning opportunities for our students.