In recent years, more and more school districts have begun to prioritize social emotional learning (SEL) and adopt a whole child approach to education. Similarly, as they have begun to focus more on the social emotional development of their students, there has been a stronger interest in social emotional learning curriculum. This push, coupled with the school closures during the COVID-19 pandemic sparked the creation of this toolkit.
Since students have returned to school, SEL supports have become more crucial than ever. While all students need supportive relationships and nurturing learning environments, these factors become even more important for those students facing additional stress. Furthermore, skill development on how to express, process and cope with the various emotions, as well as feelings of change, fear, and uncertainty, are paramount. Schools need to adopt SEL practices to support the wide ranges of student needs.
This toolkit provides flexible SEL lessons teachers can implement with students in the classroom based on the core competencies from the Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL). Lessons can be delivered in person or virtually to meet the varying needs of educators and students. It is important to note that while the toolkit was developed partially in response to COVID-19, the lessons are not exclusive to just this moment in history and are still relevant after the pandemic.
The toolkit has two primary sections. See the How-to-Guide below for information on the sections. The links also house the resources for the two sections, or you can download a complete copy.