Parkside is proud to include SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING (SEL) in our curriculum.  SEL is the process through which children and adults acquire and effectively apply the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary to understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions.

    SEL Educators of The Month


    Book Of The Month!

    October 2019 -- The Day You Begin
    By By Jacqueline Woodson
    A beautiful and inclusive story that encourages children to find the beauty in their own lives and share it with the world. Each child feels very alone until they begin to share their stories and discover that it is nearly always possible to find someone a little like you. López’s vibrant illustrations bring the characters’ hidden and unspoken thoughts to light with fantastic, swirling color. Shifting hues and textures across the page convey their deep loneliness and then slowly transition into bright hopeful possibilities.

     SEL Competency Theme and Book of the Month 2019-20
    August ::: Relationship Skills September ::: Self-Awareness 
    October ::: Social Awareness November ::: Social Awareness
    December ::: Responsible Decision Making January ::: Self-management
    February ::: Responsible Decision Making March ::: Self-Management 
    April ::: Self-Awareness May ::: Relationship Skills

      Child Protection Unit Resources:
    handouts Pre Kindergarten CPU Letter
    handouts Kindergarten CPU Letter
    handouts First Grade CPU Letter
    handouts Second Grade CPU Letter
    handouts Third Grade CPU Letter
    handouts Fourth Grade CPU Letter
    handouts Fifth Grade CPU Letter

      Helpful Document Downloads:
    handouts Parkside Parent Handout with Second Step Codes
    handouts Second Step Quick Guide **English**

    Second Step Quick Guide **Spanish**


    Second Step Scope and Sequence


    Grade Pre-K Unit 1 - Aug2018

    Though a comprehensive focus on SEL is new to Atlanta Public Schools, Dr. Carstarphen has been committed to SEL and supporting the needs of the whole child for many years. After the successful execution of an SEL program in her previous district, Dr. Carstarphen brought a focus on systematically supporting the hearts and smarts of Atlanta’s children to APS.

    Research has found that students who participate in SEL programming make gains in multiple areas including pro-social behavior, attitudes about themselves and others, standardized achievement scores and social emotional skills. These same students also showed a reduction in problem behaviors and emotional distress. (Child Development, 82 (1), 405-432)