Stevens SEL Handbook
Why is Social and Emotional Learning important?
Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) helps youth acquire and 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. Social and emotional skill building can have a positive impact on school climate and help students become successful scholars. SEL also reduces the incidents of violence and bullying.
What we do and how we do it:
PBIS: (Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports): PBIS is a school wide system of support that includes proactive strategies for defining, teaching and supporting appropriate student behaviors to create a positive school environment. Through the creation of a multi-tiered system of support (Tier 1, 2 and 3) to increase the likelihood of students displaying more desirable and functional behavior.
School-Wide Approach (Tier 1): We work collaboratively to create a host environment that is safe, positive, and predictable so that it is safe to teach and learn new skills. Relationships are at the core of our work, all staff work to meet the needs of the whole child.
Community Meetings: Stevens holds community meetings daily. These meetings focus explicitly on habits of a scholar and character habits/traits. Each month, we present different character-building topics, which are taught and practiced school-wide. We focus on topics to include respect, responsibility, empathy, integrity, collaboration/teamwork, compassion, initiation and perseverance.
Morning Meetings: Each classroom holds a morning meeting daily to address topics related to academic/learning and character development. Problem solving also takes place in these meetings to continue to meet the social emotional needs of students and to foster a supportive and collaborative learning environment where all scholars will thrive academically and socially.
Mindfulness Breaks: Each classroom embeds at least one mindful break in to their day. Mindful breaks help students between transitions to improve concentration, refocus students/energize their minds, and supports overall productivity.
Closing Circles: End of the day circles take place in each classroom. Teachers and students reflect on the days learning (academic and social and emotional), and create norms. A closing circle allows students a peaceful way to end their day, which gives students a feeling of accomplishment and belonging.
Restorative Practices: Restorative Practices is a school-wide approach used at Stevens to foster healthy relationships and support students through the problem solving process using a model to facilitate mediation, reflection and resolution. Restorative Practice is a model used to repair wrong and allow students to work through difficult problems. Restorative Practice is used to curb incidents that often require discipline and decrease rates of suspension.
Classroom Instruction Approach (Tier 1): Explicit instruction of SEL skills are taught using evidence based programs (Second Step, Brain Wise and Social Thinking). SEL practice skills are embedded throughout the day utilizing teaching practices that promote the use of these skills (e.g. cooperative learning and project-based learning). There is an integration of SEL skills across the academic curriculum.
Group Approach (Tier 2): Some students benefit from small group SEL support. Students are chosen based on need, and many factors are taken into consideration. Parents can also be a referral source if they feel their student may need more support to learn skills to increase their awareness of self, increase social awareness, improve relationship skills, improve students ability to problem solve, and manage emotions.
Individual Approach (Tier 3): Few students require individualized support; however, need that level of intervention. Students requiring individualized counseling or support are often referred to our JCMH therapist. Some students receive individualized support facilitated by the school social worker, SEL or interns. The same behaviors and attitudes as those outlined under our group approach, but in a more individualized setting.
Family Support Services: The HUB is located at Stevens Elementary and provides families with access to a variety of resources. We are open before school and after school (7:30a.m.-8:45a.m. and 3:00p.m.-4:30p.m). Open Sept 14,2018-May 17, 2019.
Here is a current list of our services:
· TANF Enrollment by appointment only (Temporary assistance)
· SNAP Enrollment, by appointment only (Food assistance)
· Medicaid Enrollment, by appointment only
· Case Management Services, daily no appointment needed
· Food Pantry, daily no appointment needed
· Clothing Boutique, daily no appointment needed
· Hygiene Shelf, daily no appointment needed
· School Supplies and Backpacks, no appointment needed