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!

    December 2019 -- Ish
    By Peter H. Reynolds
    A creative spirit learns that thinking "ish-ly" is far more wonderful than "getting it right" in this gentle fable from the creator of the award-winning picture book THE DOT. Ramon loved to draw. Anytime. Anything. Anywhere. Drawing is what Ramon does. It's what makes him happy. But in one split second, all that changes. A single reckless remark by Ramon's older brother, Leon, turns Ramon's carefree sketches into joyless struggles. Luckily for Ramon, though, his little sister, Marisol, sees the world differently. She opens his eyes to something a lot more valuable than getting things just "right." Combining the spareness of fable with the potency of parable, Peter Reynolds shines a bright beam of light on the need to kindle and tend our creative flames with care.

     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) 

    SEL Educators of the Month
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    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