Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) has become a term used by many vendors and companies to sell curriculum and services to school districts. The Guidance and Counseling Department uses highly qualified practitioners from within the department, rather than outside vendors, to create our curriculum. In doing so, our district has prioritized two ways to approach SEL:
Because of this method, our district has been able to focus only on the state requirements in a rich and meaningful way. For the FISD Counseling Department, we focus on developing personal skills in social settings, thus creating opportunities for emotional development in a social setting (SEL).
Approaching SEL in this way allows us to develop a systematic and intentional approach to build a safe school culture, provide trauma-informed practice, and establish Tier 1 behavior instruction. Each week, at every level, our campuses engage in instructional time to address learning as it relates to self-awareness and to build social-emotional skills. Throughout the school day and through continued interactions with students, teachers work to build off the common language established during class meeting time to further impact a community of social-emotional wellness.