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    What is Social Emotional Learning?

    Social and emotional learning (SEL) is the process through which children & adults understand & manage emotions, set & achieve positive goals, feel & show empathy for others, establish & maintain positive relationships, & make responsible decisions.

    We at Seattle Public Schools believe that social emotional learning skills are at the heart of academic growth, thriving relationships, intentional decision making, and well-being. SEL Skills based on WA state standards including: self and social awareness, self and social management, self-efficacy, and social engagement will be explicitly taught, integrated with academic instruction, practiced by staff and demonstrated organizationally so that everyone feels welcome, safe, and known as valued members of SPS communities.

    Remote Learning and SEL

    Seattle Public Schools deeply values the social and emotional well-being of our students, families, and staff, especially during a time of heightened anxiety and uncertainty. To ensure that our commitment to safe and welcoming environments and academic readiness continues in a remote learning model, the district is prioritizing SEL supports for our students. When we focus on educating the whole child, students are healthy—and feel safe, engaged, supported, and challenged.

    Everyday SEL at Home

    It’s normal to respond to the uncertainty of this time with a range of feelings and needs. We hope the 3 simple tips below might help create daily routines for supporting your household's wellness.


    SPS SEL Videos


    Summer 2020 SPS SEL Videos

    Staff Resources
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    Kai Kunkel
    Social Emotional Learning Coordinator

    Hyam Elsaharty
    Social Emotional Learning Consulting Teacher

    Lisa Love
    Health Education Manager 

    Mental Health Services
    SPS Coordinated School Health

    SEL Resources

    WA SEL Implementation Brief for Families

    CASEL - Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning

    WA Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction SEL Page