Social-emotional learning, or SEL, includes developing relationship skills, self-awareness, responsible decision-making, and optimistic thinking. The NYCDOE is implementing the Strong Resilient program which aims to provide targeted, highly responsive support to our students. The goal of this initiative is to build on students’ strengths while identifying skills in need of further development.
The information gathered from the DESSA screener revealed that our students would benefit from additional support in the following competencies: Optimistic Thinking and Relationship Skills. In response to these results, IS 281 has made revisions to our SEL curriculum to further develop these competencies.
The most effective way for us to be successful in this effort is to have support from the students’ families. Therefore, we encourage family involvement in strengthening your child’s social-emotional skills. Below are simple ways parents and caregivers can begin building these important skills at home. Together we can make a difference.