Social & Emotional Learning

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SEL Advances Equity & Excellence

SEL can be a powerful lever for creating caring, just, inclusive, and healthy schools that support all young people in reaching their fullest potential. In the context of SEL, equity and excellence refers to every student—across race, ethnicity, family income levels, learning abilities, home language, immigration status, gender identity, sexual orientation, and other factors—engaging in high-quality educational opportunities and environments that best promote their healthy social, emotional, and academic development.   

SEL advances educational equity and excellence by:

  1. Supporting authentic school-family-community partnerships

  2. Fostering trusting and collaborative relationships

  3. Promoting rigorous and meaningful curriculum and instruction

  4. Applying ongoing evaluation of policies, practices, and outcomes

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Choose Love for Home gives families a healthy way to grow together. Using neuroscience and positive psychology, children and parents alike can learn to better understand themselves and each other. Choose Love for Home teaches families how to manage their emotions, communicate in healthier ways, and create a nurturing environment focused on the things that matter most.

To access the Choose Love Curriculum for Families, please visit:

SEL Skills

Reflect on the following SEL skills:

  • Self-Awareness—My recognition of who I am, what I need, and how I feel relative to the world around me.

  • Self-Management—My ability to manage my emotions and behaviors, to complete a task or succeed in a challenging situation.

  • Social Awareness—My demonstration of consideration for others and a desire to positively contribute to my community.

  • Relationship Skills—My ability to use positive communication and social skills to interact effectively with others.

  • Decision Making—My approach to problem-solving involves learning from others, from past experiences and using my values to guide my action, and accepting responsibility for my decisions.


An important component of early school readiness and healthy child development is meeting a child’s social-emotional needs in preschool. Preschool social-emotional skills include being able to get along and cooperate with others, managing strong feelings, focusing attention, and persisting at challenging tasks. These skills require focused attention during the preschool years because they are critical for long-term school and life success.

Activities for Families with Pre-School-Aged Children:

15 Social-Emotional Activities for Preschoolers at Home

Building Social and Emotional Skills at Home with your Preschooler

Our Children our Leaders

Move This World

A few Recommended Social and Emotional Learning Books:

Developmental Guides for Families

Sarah Duso

Sarah Duso

Administrator - Director of Equity