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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
 

 

All Grades:

Learn: Wellness
Practice: Kindness to Animals
Dive Deeper:
 
6th Grade –Animal Observations
7th Grade – Connected to Animals
8th Grade – Animal’s Emotional Support

All Grades:

 

Learn: SEL Assessment

Practice: Spring Assessment

Dive Deeper:

 

6th Grade – 2024 Spring Student Self Assessment

7th Grade – 2024 Spring Student Self Assessment

8th Grade – 2024 Spring Student Self Assessment

All Grades:

Learn: Wellness
Practice: Healthy Identities
Dive Deeper:
 
6th Grade –Appreciating Identity
7th Grade – Pieces of Me
8th Grade – Impacts of Identity

All Grades:

Learn: Wellness
Practice: Mental Wellness
Dive Deeper:
 
6th Grade –Physical and Mental Wellness
7th Grade – Change It Up
8th Grade –Wellness Is Social

All Grades:

Learn: Self-Management
Practice: Goal Setting
Dive Deeper:
 
6th Grade – Get SMART!
7th Grade – SMART Goals
8th Grade – Plan SMART

All Grades:

Learn: Self-Management
Practice: Problem Solving
Dive Deeper:
 
6th Grade – Think Solution!
7th Grade – From Problem to Solution
8th Grade – Evaluate Your Options

All Grades:

Learn: Self-Management
Practice: Focus
Dive Deeper:
 
6th Grade – Focus at Home
7th Grade – Focus with Active Learning
8th Grade – Visualize for Success

All Grades:

Learn: Self-Management
Practice: Stress Management
Dive Deeper:
 
6th Grade – Making Stress Work for You
7th Grade – Negative Thinking
8th Grade – Find the Funny

All Grades:

Learn: Self-Management
Practice: Self-Control
Dive Deeper:
 
6th Grade – Managing Stress
7th Grade – Goals With Self-Control
8th Grade – Let’s Delay

All Grades:

 

Learn: Self-Management

Practice: Resilience

Dive Deeper:

 

6th Grade – Building Resilience

7th Grade – Recognizing Agency

8th Grade – Connect to Your Values

All Grades:

Learn: Social Skills
Practice: Friendship
Dive Deeper:
 
6th Grade – Lean on Me
7th Grade – Friends and Peer Pressure
8th Grade – Be Yourself

All Grades:

Learn: Social Skills
Practice: Relationships
Dive Deeper:
 
6th Grade – Collaborative Relationships
7th Grade – Needs and Relationships
8th Grade – Peer Pressure in Relationships

All Grades:

Learn: Social Skills
Practice: Respect
Dive Deeper:
 
6th Grade – Ripples of Respect
7th Grade – Respect with Active Listening
8th Grade – Respectful Communication

All Grades:

 

Learn: Social Skills

Practice: Fairness

Dive Deeper:

 

6th Grade – Our Rights and Responsibilities

7th Grade – Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness

8th Grade – Speak Out for Fairness

All Grades:

Learn: Social Skills
Practice: Conflict Resolution
Dive Deeper:
 
6th Grade – Resolving Conflicts
7th Grade – Conflict Happens
8th Grade – Healthy Conflict

All Grades:

Learn: Social Skills
Practice: Cooperation
Dive Deeper:
 
6th Grade – THINK in Groups
7th Grade – Let it SLIDE!
8th Grade – Operation: Cooperation

All Grades:

Learn: Self-Care
Practice: Healthy Boundaries
Dive Deeper:
 
6th Grade – Setting Boundaries to Be Yourself
7th Grade – Healthy Boundaries
8th Grade – Too Much of a Good Thing?

All Grades:

Learn: Self-Care
Practice: Self-Efficacy
Dive Deeper:
 
6th Grade – Build Your Belief
7th Grade – Be Positive
8th Grade – Who Believes In You?

All Grades:

Learn: Self-Care
Practice: Self-Advocacy
Dive Deeper:
 
6th Grade – Speak Up for Fairness
7th Grade – Be Your Own Advocate
8th Grade – Get What You Need

All Grades:

 

Learn: Self-Care

Practice: Self-Compassion

Dive Deeper:

 

6th Grade – Be Kind to Yourself

7th Grade – Quiet the Inner Critic

8th Grade – Breathe Through It

All Grades:

Learn: Self-Care
Practice: Optimism
Dive Deeper:
 
6th Grade – Random Acts
7th Grade – Optimistic Thinking
8th Grade – Look for the Good

All Grades:

Learn: Awareness of Self and Others
Practice: Growth Mindset
Dive Deeper:
 
6th Grade – What’s in a Mindset?
7th Grade – Growing from Feedback
8th Grade – A Good Mistake

All Grades:

Learn: Awareness of Self and Others
Practice: Learning Skills
Dive Deeper:
 
6th Grade – ASK Quality Questions
7th Grade – Attention to Learning
8th Grade – My Study Skill

All Grades:

Learn: Awareness of Self and Others
Practice: Wants and Needs
Dive Deeper:
 
6th Grade – Safe Boundaries
7th Grade – Belonging Needs
8th Grade – Know Your Worth

All Grades:

Learn: Awareness of Self and Others
Practice: Values
Dive Deeper:
 
6th Grade – My Personal Values
7th Grade – Mind Your Media
8th Grade – Our Values

All Grades:

Learn: Awareness of Self and Others
Practice: Emotions
Dive Deeper:
 
6th Grade – Sparks of Emotions
7th Grade – My Emotions
8th Grade – My Emotional Brain

All Grades:

 

Learn: Awareness of Self and Others

Practice: Self-Knowledge

Dive Deeper:

 

6th Grade – Social Strengths

7th Grade – Learning Strategies

8th Grade – Ignite Your Spark

All Grades:

Learn: Social Awareness
Practice: Actions & Consequences
Dive Deeper:
 
6th Grade – OWN Your Actions
7th Grade – Actions Have Consequences
8th Grade – Positive Patterns

All Grades:

Learn: Social Awareness
Practice: Social Contributions
Dive Deeper:
 
6th Grade –Passions to Contribute
7th Grade – Aligning Social Contributions
8th Grade – Community Contributions

All Grades:

Learn: Social Awareness
Practice: Support Systems
Dive Deeper:
 
6th Grade – Who Supports You?
7th Grade – Support Systems
8th Grade – My TRIBE

All Grades:

Learn: Social Awareness
Practice: Safe & Ethical Behavior
Dive Deeper:
 
6th Grade – Bullies Bully
7th Grade – Stand Up Against Bullying!
8th Grade – Speak Out

All Grades:

Learn: Social Awareness
Practice: Cultural Competence
Dive Deeper:
 
6th Grade – Be Cool: INCLUDE
7th Grade – Challenge Prejudice
8th Grade – SPOT the Stereotype

All Grades:

Learn: Social Awareness

Practice: Empathy

Dive Deeper:

 

6th Grade – Listening with Empathy

7th Grade – Empathy for Connection

8th Grade – Developing Empathy