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Social And Emotional Learning

Social-emotional skills are vital for student success inside and outside of school. Research has consistently shown that SEL supports:
 
  • Academic Achievement
  • Student Well-being  
  • Success in School and Life 
  • Positive Social Behavior
 
 
 
To support our students in developing these essential skills, NYCDOE is implementing an SEL screener and intervention program that will help in providing targeted, highly responsive support to each individual student. We will build on each student's strengths while identifying skills they need to further develop. 
 

This year, a student in your care will be assessed by their teacher or counselor using the DESSA, a suite of research-based screening tools and assessments used with students K-12 created by Aperture Education.

 

The DESSA will measure your student’s grasp of important skills that will help them succeed during their school years and even after they graduate from high school. These skills are known as social and emotional skills and include taking responsibility for their actions, and working well with others.

 

The 8 skills measured by the DESSA can easily be taught and learned by students of all ages.

 
Family Resources to develop SEL skills: Strong Resilient NYC Family Resources
 

 

6th Grade:

Domain Area: Awareness of Self & Others
Focus Area: Wants and Needs
Objective: Students will learn how to build self-esteem through self-knowledge
 

7th Grade:

Domain Area: Social Awareness
Focus Area: Support Systems
Objective: Students will identify and access a support system.
 

8th Grade:

Domain Area: Social Skills (Community Relationships)
Focus Area: Respect
Objective: Students will learn to show respect through effective verbal and written communication.

6th Grade:

Domain Area: Awareness of Self & Others
Focus Area: Values
Objective: Students will identify their personal values.
 

7th Grade:

Domain Area: Social Awareness
Focus Area: Social Contributions
Objective: Students will identify their interests and make a plan to contribute to those around them.
 

8th Grade:

Domain Area: Social Awareness (Community Relationships)
Focus Area: Social Contributions
Objective: Students will learn the benefits of social contributions to themselves and others.

6th Grade:

Domain Area: Awareness of Self & Others
Focus Area: Self-Knowledge
Objective: Students will identify their social strengths.
 

7th Grade:

Domain Area: Social Awareness
Focus Area: Safe and Ethical Behavior
Objective: Students will understand the harm that bullying causes and strategies for preventing bullying.
 

8th Grade:

Domain Area: Social Skills (Community Relationships)
Focus Area: Safe and Ethical Behavior
Objective: Students will demonstrate the ability to speak out for the rights of others.

6th Grade:

Domain Area: Awareness of Self & Others
Focus Area: Learning Skills
Objective: Students will learn strategies for developing curiosity and asking good questions.
 

7th Grade:

Domain Area: Social Awareness
Focus Area: Empathy
Objective: Students will practice using reflective listening to develop empathy.
 

8th Grade:

Domain Area: Social Skills (Community Relationships)
Focus Area: Fairness
Objective: Students will learn strategies for speaking out when they feel like they are being treated unfairly.

6th Grade:

Domain Area: Awareness of Self & Others
Focus Area: Growth Mindset
Objective: Students will identify the differences between fixed and growth mindsets.
 

7th Grade:

Domain Area: Social Awareness Focus Area: Cultural Contributions
Objective: Students will learn how to identify prejudice and discrimination.
 

8th Grade:

Domain Area: Social Skills (Community Relationships)
Focus Area: Cooperation Objective: Students will give or take direction when collaborating with peers.

6th Grade:

Domain Area: Awareness of Self & Others
Focus Area: Emotions
Objective: Students will learn strategies for identifying and responding to emotional triggers.
 

7th Grade:

Domain Area: Social Awareness
Focus Area: Actions and Consequences
Objective: Students will learn strategies for making constructive choices.
 

8th Grade:

Domain Area: Social Skills (Community Relationships)
Focus Area: Conflict Resolution
Objective: Students will practice giving and receiving feedback to resolve a conflict.

All Grades:

Domain Area – Trauma

Focus Area – Resilience

Objective – Students will learn strategies for being resilient, following traumatic event.

All Grades:

Domain Area – Trauma

Focus Area – Support Systems

Objective – Students will recognize the importance of connection and support, following a traumatic event.

All Grades:

Domain Area – Trauma

Focus Area – Stress Management

Objective – Students will learn strategies for managing their emotions, following a traumatic event.

All Grades:

Domain Area – Trauma

Focus Area – Emotions

Objective – Students will identify, accept and express their emotions, following a traumatic event