Social and Emotional Learning


During this challenging time of navigating COVID-19 precautionary measures, there is significant uncertainty and disruption to our daily routines. Social and emotional learning (SEL) provides an opportunity to not only build school-based skills such as communication, teamwork, and valuing the perspective of others but likewise allows us to build greater resilience, mindfulness, and the ability to manage stress during challenging times. In other words, we need SEL now more than ever and our Dallas ISD SEL Department has collected a number of relevant resources for parents, caregivers, and students to use at home.


Teacher Appreciation Week

SEL At Home Activities


Strengthening Relationships at Home

  • Ten Things to Support Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) at Home (in English and Spanish).

  • Print and use a Mood Meter for daily check-in to ask how your child is feeling.

  • Conversation Starters:

    • How are you feeling about not going to school due to the coronavirus?

    • Can you name one act of kindness you showed today?

    • Can you name one act of kindness you have seen on TV?

    • What is one thing you miss about going to school?

    • What is one thing that you did today that you are proud of?

    • If we could move your current learning environment from the house where would you move it to?

  • Use these sentence stems as conversation starters for elementary students and these secondary sentence stems for middle and high school students.

  • Parent Toolkit has videos and conversation starters appropriate for each grade level.


Stress Relieving and Calming Practices


Social and Emotional Learning Booklist & Videos


Videos to stimulate thought and conversations (secondary only):



  • Prioritize regular self-care: we cannot take care of others if we are not taking care of ourselves. Self-care is valuable and a worthwhile investment of our time.

  • Take breaks! Remember that students and adults need regular breaks.

  • Deep breathing and mindfulness activities are helpful for resetting your focus as well as navigating feelings of anxiety and stress.

  • Check-in often on your friends, family, and neighbors. We’re all in this together and, even if we can’t be physically close to each other, we can continue to build strong relationships despite COVID-19 concerns and precautions.