WILMETTE PUBLIC SCHOOLS DISTRICT 39
Students from Early Childhood through 8th grade receive instruction in social-emotional skills throughout their District 39 experience. The learning objectives for each grade level are organized to address the five CASEL competencies for social-emotional learning, and include lessons targeting diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging.
Teachers use a Responsive Classroom approach to building their classroom communities, and address social-emotional skills in a Morning Meeting (K-4) or Responsive Advisory Meeting (5-8) structure. Elementary teachers support instruction using the Everyday Speech SEL curriculum, and middle school and junior high instruction utilizes lessons aligned with the competencies that are from Responsive Classroom. Some teachers at 5-8 are piloting the Wayfinder curriculum, along with lessons from Responsive Classroom during the 23-24 school year, for full implementation in the 24-25 school year.
Use this website as a guide to learn more about the programs that are used to support SEL in D39, and to learn more about how you can support your child at home!
The Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) envisions all children and adults as self-aware, caring, responsible, engaged, and lifelong learners who work together to achieve their goals and create a more inclusive, just world. How? Through a commitment to SEL. Learn more through the links below:
The ability to establish and maintain healthy and rewarding relationships with diverse individuals and groups. This includes the capacity to communicate clearly, listen well, cooperate with others, resist inappropriate social pressure, negotiate conflict constructively, and seek and offer helps when needed.
Teamwork and collaborative problem-solving
Seeking or offering support when needed
Resisting negative social pressure
The ability to accurately recognize one's own emotions, thoughts, and values and how they influence behavior. The ability to accurately assess one's strengths and limitations, with a well-grounded sense of confidence, optimism, and a "growth mindset."
Identifying emotions and linking feelings, values, and thoughts
Demonstrating honesty and integrity
The ability to successfully regulate one's emotions, thoughts, and behaviors in different situations – effective managing stress, controlling impulses, and motivating oneself. The ability to set and work towards personal and academic goals.
Planning and organizational skills
The ability to take the perspective of and empathize with others, including those from diverse backgrounds and cultures. The ability to understand social and ethical norms for behavior and to recognize family, school, and community resources and supports.
Recognizing others' strengths
Appreciation of diversity
Respect for others
Responsible Decision Making
The ability to make constructive choices about personal behavior and social interactions based on ethical standards, safety concerns, and social norms. The realistic evaluation of consequences of various actions, and a consideration of the well-being of one's self and others.
Demonstrating curiosity and open-mindedness
Analyzing situations and making reasoned judgements
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (added by District)
Diversity, equity, and inclusion are important ideals to be incorporated with each of the CASEL competencies in order to educate the whole child. Students who demonstrate competency in DEI value an array of identities, strengths, and challenges in themselves and others. Students learn to identify unfairness/injustice (both historical and present-day, internal and external) and describe solutions to work together towards greater equity and inclusion.
Responsive Classroom (EC-8)
Responsive Classroom is an evidence-based approach to teaching and discipline that focuses on engaging academics, positive community, effective management, and developmental awareness. Our professional development, books, and resources help elementary and middle school educators to create safe, joyful, and engaging classrooms and school communities where students develop strong social and academic skills and where each student can thrive.
Click here to learn more about Responsive Classroom.