Mrs. Patty Lopez
Social Emotional Learning Support Provider(SELSP) for grades 6 – 8
(951) 253-7430 ext 2136
What is Social Emotional Learning?
- 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.
Why is Social Emotional Learning Important?
- Self-Awareness: Youth who are more self-aware tend to exhibit self-confidence and a hopeful sense of the future.
- Self-Management: The ability to manage oneself and regulate impulses leads to fewer risky behaviors and greater achievement of goals.
- Social Awareness: The ability to exhibit empathy and identify and rely on available resources in the environment (family, school, and community) increases the likelihood that a child will develop positive relationships.
- Relationship Skills: Risky behaviors are less likely to occur when youth develop strong relationship skills.
- Responsible Decision-Making: Ultimately, it is the goal of most parents, educators, and youth-serving professionals to ensure the children in their care are able to develop positive, responsible decision-making skills.
- Ongoing development of the five competencies of social and emotional learning – self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision-making
- Positive alternatives to many of the maladaptive and self-defeating behavior patterns in which a young person might engage, and the ability to use positive behaviors in many different situations
- Building relationships and trust with staff, students, and parents
- Providing the tools and resources that staff, students and parents need to support SEL in the classroom, at home, and in our community