Social Emotional Learning
We are committed to providing students with tools to thrive socially and emotionally. It’s a critical part of academic success. Our school counselors visit each classroom once in every 7-day rotation to discuss strategies for self-management and emotional regulation. We use a variety of SEL programs to help students manage big feelings, resolve conflict, build empathy, and become better communicators. Click through our various SEL curricula below to find out how we use each in St. Paul's classrooms.
"We know that in order to begin learning, students first need to feel safe and supported. Our SEL programs give students the tools to express their feelings and needs while helping them build trusting relationships with teachers and peers. We want our students to feel comfortable expressing themselves so teachers can understand and respond in supportive ways."Luci Hoad, Middle School Division Head
Our school counselors, Mr. Patel and Mrs. Spendlove, are always available to help our students and their families. Here are some examples of how they support students at school:
- Meet with a student to do some role-playing exercises and talk through different solutions.
- Provide short-term confidential counseling at school.
- Assist in managing outside mental health support.
- Provide students and parents with resources to help navigate specific situations.
Research from the field of emotion science finds that children who understand and manage their feelings make more responsible decisions, have stronger relationships, and perform better in school. SEL is a critical part of our school's mission to develop confident learners, ethical citizens, and compassionate, engaged citizens.