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.


      Book Of The Month!

    August -- How Full is Your Bucket? (for Kids)
    By Tom Rath and Mary Reckmeyer --- Each of us has an invisible bucket. When our bucket is full, we feel great. When it’s empty, we feel awful. Yet most children (and many adults) don’t realize the importance of having a full bucket throughout the day. Follow along with Felix as he learns how easy it can be fill the buckets of others, and in the process, fill his own.

      More Info:  SEL Competency Theme and Book of the Month 2018-19

      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)