Social Emotional Learning (SEL)
The Student Services Department at OEHS wants to introduce you to the newest learning standards adopted by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE). All students will be exposed to these new learning standards consistently throughout the school year as we pursue competency for each student in the social and emotional learning goals. Below you will find information on SEL, definitions of SEL goals from ISBE, and information on how you can learn more about SEL and implement these principles.
What is Social Emotional Learning?
SEL is the process of acquiring the skills to recognize and manage emotions, develop caring and concern for others, establish positive relationships, make responsible decisions, and handle challenging decisions effectively.
Why focus on SEL?
Social and emotional learning increases overall academic success. Research supports the idea that developing student’s SEL competencies improves students’ social/emotional development, motivation to learn, classroom behavior and academic achievement.
ISBE SEL Goals
The state of Illinois mandates educators to assist in developing skills to educate the whole child:
• Goal 1: Develop self-awareness and self-management skills to achieve school and life success.
• Goal 2: Use social awareness and interpersonal skills to establish and maintain healthy relationships.
• Goal 3: Demonstrate decision-making skills and responsible behaviors in personal, social, and community contexts.
For more information on the ISBE's SEL learning standards, click here.
How will OEHS students be exposed to SEL?
SEL is applied through both the curriculum and in the overall school environment. OEHS strives to create an environment that is:
• Highly participatory
• Well managed
• Structured with high, clear expectations
What can parents do to promote SEL?
By working together, schools and parents can promote children’s social and emotional learning. SEL includes some key skills:
• Self-awareness: recognizing feelings and managing anger
• Understanding others: developing empathy
• Decision making: considering long-term consequences to decisions
• Understanding self-handling emotions and setting goals
• Healthy relationships: setting boundaries, being resilient, and resolving conflicts