Social and emotional learning (SEL) is the process through which children and adults understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions (CASEL, 2019) .
A collaborative approach to educating the whole child
In every elementary school teachers open and close instruction time with engaging video curriculum. Students learn a concept, take time to practice the skill and reflect, then close the day with a mindfulness exercise.
Trauma Expert Bessel van der Kolk said: "Being able to feel safe with other people is probably the single most important aspect of mental health; safe connections are fundamental to meaningful and satisfying lives."
Defined as the ability to bounce back from adversity, research shows the key to building RESILIENCE is the presence of at least one stable caring adult in a child's life. Watch the documentary. Register here with your washk12.org email address