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Social Emotional Learning at Edgewater Elementary 

Ms. Riley






Social/Emotional Learning Specialist
Ms. Jessica Riley
Jessica.Riley@jeffco.k12.co.us
Voicemail: 303-982-0335


Quote by Tom Harder, NASDE President

What is Social Emotional Learning? 

Social and emotional learning (SEL) describes a set of competencies and skills that enhances students’ capacity to integrate skills, attitudes, and behaviors to deal effectively and ethically with daily tasks and challenges.

Jeffco Public Schools has adopted the five core components of social and emotional learning outlined by the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL).

  • Self-Awareness
  • Self-Management
  • Social Awareness
  • Relationship Skills
  • Responsible Decision-Making

SEL takes place within the context of safe, participatory school, family, and community environments that support children’s development and provides opportunities and recognition for successfully applying these competencies. This approach promotes intrapersonal, interpersonal, and cognitive competence.

Why is Social and Emotional Learning important?

Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) helps youth acquire and apply the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary to understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions. Social and emotional skill building can have a positive impact on school climate, help students become good learners, and prevent or reduce many risky behaviors, including drug use, violence, bullying and dropping out.

Funding Source:
Jeffco school district has made a significant commitment to social emotional learning across our district. This is evident in the installation of 31 Social Emotional Learning Specialists (SELS) beginning in the 2016-17 school year with funds from the board of education. Additional funds were sought out by Jeffco to support additional SELS work in elementary and high schools. The SELS at BLANK are funded by the Jeffco’s School Health Professional Grant. This grant was awarded to Jeffco by the Colorado Department of Education to support 6 SELS in elementary schools and 3 nurses in high schools to demonstrate the role of SEL in substance use and abuse prevention. More information about this grant program can be found at CDE School Health Professional Grant Webpage.




 

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