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6:65 Student Social and Emotional Development

Social and emotional learning (SEL) is defined as the process through which students enhance their ability to integrate thinking, feeling, and behaving to achieve important life tasks. Students competent in SEL are able to recognize and manage their emotions, establish healthy relationships, set positive goals, meet personal and social needs, and make responsible and ethical decisions.

Student social and emotional learning shall be incorporated in the District’s educational program and shall be consistent with the social and emotional development standards to be contained in the Illinois Learning Standards.  The objectives for addressing the needs of students for social and emotional development through the educational programs are to:

  1. Enhance students’ school readiness, academic success, and use of good citizenship skills;
  2. Foster a safe, supportive learning environment where students feel respected and valued;
  3. Teach social and emotional skills to all students;
  4. Partner with families and the community to promote students’ social and emotional development; and
  5. Prevent or minimize mental health problems in students.

LEGAL REF.:  Children’s Mental Health Act of 2003, 405 ILCS 49/1 et seq.

CROSS REF.:  1:30, (School District Philosophy), 6:10 (Educational Philosophy and Objectives), 6:40 (Curriculum Development), 6:60 (Curriculum Content), 6:270 (Guidance and Counseling Program), 7:100 (Health Examinations, Immunizations, and Exclusion of Students), 7:180 (Preventing Bullying, Intimidation, and Harassment), 7:250 (Student Support Services)

ADOPTED:  November 22, 2004
                    January 28, 2013