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Supporting and Developing Social and Emotional Learning Skills

June 13, 2019


Growing hearts and minds, for a better today and tomorrow: every day, every way, every one.


As we strive to meet our EWSD vision, we understand and value the importance of supporting and developing the social and emotional learning (SEL) skills of all students. SEL refers to the skills necessary and related to managing emotions, positive goal setting/attainment, empathy for others, positive relationships, and responsible decision making.

As a merged district, we have the opportunity to develop a comprehensive and aligned approach. To that end, a group of stakeholders across the District has developed a strategic action plan to help organize and guide the work ahead.

The group also has recommended a set of “Core Competencies” that will help focus our work. These competencies outline the broad SEL skills that we will strive to develop and support our students in the District. They are: Self Awareness, Self Management, Responsible Decision Making, Social Awareness, and Relationship Skills.

These competencies are compatible with much of the work to date, consistent with elements of the Vermont Transferable Skills, and align with the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) model, which has significant research and resources to support the work ahead. A visual representing the CASEL competencies, which we have adopted, can be seen below. In addition to reflecting the SEL competencies, it illustrates the importance of school, home, and community engagement with this work.

While there is a lot of work ahead, we are excited to continue our journey in supporting all students with the skills that will enable them to be successful in school and life.

For more information regarding SEL, we encourage you to check out the following resources:



CASEL model image