Guiding Principles - Social and Emotional Learning
Posted on 02/04/2019
Guiding Principles - Social and Emotional Learning1 Adopt Whole Child Development as the
Goal of Education
Take a systems approach to promoting student academic, social,
and emotional learning, physical well-being, and college, career, and
civic life readiness. Name SEL as not a “nice to have,” but a “must
have” to ensure student success in school, work, and community.

2 Commit to Equity
All students must have opportunities to build SEL skills and receive
an assets-based educational experience that is personalized,
culturally relevant and responsive, and intentionally addresses
racism and implicit bias. Use practices that build on the existing
strengths of students, educators, families, and communities.

3 Build Capacity
Build the capacity of both students and adults through an
intentional focus on relationship-centered learning environments
and by offering research-based learning experiences that cultivate
core social and emotional competencies.

4 Partner with Families and Community
Maximize the resources of the entire school community, including
expanded learning opportunities, early learning and care programs,
and family and community partnerships, to advance SEL and
student well-being.

5 Learn and Improve
Adopt continuous improvement practices and use evidence to
guide decision-making while aiming to enhance the quality of
student social and emotional learning opportunities. Use data to
inform improvement of instructional and school practices, not for
accountability purposes.