Social & Emotional Learning (SEL)
Social and Emotional Learning, according to the Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL), "is a process for helping children and even adults develop the fundamental skills for life effectiveness. These skills include recognizing and managing our emotions, developing caring and concern for others, establishing positive relationships, making responsible decisions, and handling challenging situations constructively and ethically."
SEL in Rhode Island
The Basic Education Program
Social and Emotional Learning plays a key role in the Basic Educational Program (BEP) regulations that all districts are required to follow. The BEP requires each district to "ensure that schools promote a positive climate with emphasis on mutual respect, self-control, good attendance, order and organization, and proper security. Each LEA shall develop protocols that define a set of discipline strategies and constructs that ensure that students and adults make positive behavioral choices and that are conducive to a safe and nurturing environment that promotes academic success." (BEP, Section G-14-2.1.4)
Share your Promising Practices in SEL
RIDE is looking for evidence-based or promising practices related to SEL that are taking place with Rhode Island students. If you, or others you know, are involved in implementing strategies related to SEL, please download the Promising SEL Practices in Rhode Island form, fill it out and email it to Alice Woods or Sue Constable.