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!
January 2019 -- The Journey
By Francesca Sanna
With haunting echoes of the current refugee crisis, this beautifully illustrated book explores the unimaginable decisions made as a family leave their home and everything they know to escape the turmoil and tragedy brought by war. This book will stay with you long after the last page is turned.
More Info: SEL Competency Theme and Book of the Month 2018-19
Child Protection Unit Resources: Pre Kindergarten CPU Letter Kindergarten CPU Letter First Grade CPU Letter Second Grade CPU Letter Third Grade CPU Letter Fourth Grade CPU Letter Fifth Grade CPU Letter
Helpful Document Downloads: Parkside Parent Handout with Second Step Codes Second Step Quick Guide **English**
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)