Social Emotional Learning (SEL)


Social and emotional learning (SEL) is the process through which children and adults acquire and effectively 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. 

Through SEL, students will gain skills in six competencies that researchers agree are essential to success in school and life. Those competencies are:

  • Self-management
  • Self-awareness
  • Responsible decision-making
  • Relationship skills 
  • Social awareness
  • Growth mindset

SEL skills are foundational to success in school, college, career, and life. With these skills, adults and kids can engage in thriving learning communities that are safe, positive, inclusive, and welcoming. 

Years of research shows that students who attend schools where SEL is a priority perform better academically. 

To learn more about SEL and the SCUSD, click here.

The Art of Kindness Challenge: February 2018

During Random Acts of Kindness Week (February 12-16), teachers and students are invited to participate in kindness activities each day.

Students then will be challenged to put their kindness lessons into action by documenting their act/acts of kindness during the months of February and March, and finally, producing an artistic product or documentary project that reflects their act of kindness.

Important Dates

  • February 12-16: Daily Kindness activities (click here for ideas)
  • February and March: Perform an act of Kindness and document the project via visual, performance, or digital media.
  • March 23rd: Deadline for students to upload a digital version of their project.

To learn more about this challenge put on by SCUSD and the City of Sacramento, click here.