SEL (Social Emotional Learning) 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 increases awareness in dealing with oneself, others, and relationships in an effective way.
Throughout the district, SEL and Parent Liaisons will receive training to support individual and collective wellbeing, which includes the following focus areas:
- SEL curriculum (elementary, middle and high school)
- SEL in the virtual space
- Restorative practices in the virtual space
- Self-care - “A Journey to Wellness: The Heart Work”
For additional information about SEL resources, click here to contact the APS Social Emotional Learning Team.
On August 24th students and staff members will eagerly, if cautiously, jump into the 2020-2021 School Year. We know that many of you may have suffered trials, tribulations, and loss since we were last together. Whether you have directly or indirectly experienced loss or hardships as a result of COVID-19, the pandemic, civil unrest, or just general uncertainty about the world, we want you to know that we are sensitive to your needs and our Trauma to Transition model was crafted to support you and our students.
What is Trauma to Transition?
- A focus on health and wellness for students and staff members
- An acknowledgement that the current environment (confinement, COVID-19, civil unrest, etc.) may have/could create conditions that impact students and staff members
- An effort to build the capacity of school leadership and school staff to support students and staff members as they resume life and learning
- A push to streamline the process to identify and refer students and staff members who may require additional support to thrive and be successful
- An expansion of supports and access to supports that are available to students and staff members
What Students Can Expect:
An emphasis on Health with:
- Enhanced access to support (Wrap-around support, Crisis support, Telehealth, Student Services school-based student support)
- Expanded virtual support for Multi-tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) in the areas of both behavior and academics
- Focus on outreach (Counselors/Social Workers)
- Continued collaboration between nursing staff, schools, and families to support physical health needs of students
An emphasis on Wellness with:
- One Stop Shop to connect students to support
- Ongoing school social work supports for families (resource referrals, community mental health, etc.)
- Homeless advocacy