Social-Emotional Learning & PBIS

What is Social-Emotional Learning (SEL)?

Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) is the process of acquiring the skills to recognize and manage emotions, develop caring and concern for others, establish positive relationships, make responsible decisions, and handle challenging situations effectively. SEL provides schools with an evidence-based framework for preventing problems and promoting students’ well-being and success. The SEL framework is an integrated approach involving every student, the entire staff, the family, and the community.

Effective SEL addresses the fundamental conditions for learning and fosters students’ capacity to learn. Best practice includes classroom teachers modeling evidence-based explicit social emotional skills instruction in a safe, caring, supportive, participatory learning environment. SEL is fundamental to children’s healthy development and enables schools to educate students to be good problem solvers and caring, responsible, engaged citizens. A major review of SEL research provides strong evidence that building social and emotional skills improves student attitudes, behaviors, and academic performance. Schools may consult www.casel.org for evidence-based programs that match their needs and characteristics. (credit: CASEL.org)



Our View of PBIS and SEL

SEL and PBIS are both rooted in the belief that students learn best in a safe and well-managed learning environment. PBIS establishes a common purpose and approach to discipline throughout the school by establishing positive expectations for all students. These expectations are taught, practiced, and reinforced through a reward system.

SEL helps students and adults develop specific social and emotional competencies that have been linked to positive outcomes. Evidence-based SEL programs teach these skills explicitly and provide opportunities for practice, feedback, and application within content areas and throughout the school setting. Both SEL and PBIS support using assessment information to help establish organizations that are committed to effective practice. (credit: CASEL.org)

 

Contact Information

Amy Hume-Sizer
PBIS Coordinator
amy.hume@berrienresa.org
(269) 471-7725 ext. 1176

Tiago Baltazar
PBIS Coordinator
tiago.baltazar@berrienresa.org
(269) 471-7725 ext. 1198
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