What is Social and Emotional Learning?

Our School Goal: Social and Emotional Learning

What is social and emotional learning (SEL)? It 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.

Social and emotional programming is based on the understanding that the best learning emerges in the context of supportive relationships that make learning challenging, engaging, and meaningful.

Social and emotional skills are critical to being a good student, citizen, and worker. Many risky behaviors (e.g., drug use, violence, bullying, and dropping out) can be prevented or reduced when multiyear, integrated efforts are used to develop students’ social and emotional skills. This is best done through effective classroom instruction, student engagement in positive activities in and out of the classroom, and broad parent and community involvement in program planning, implementation, and evaluation.

Burnaby DPAC presents Parent Information Evening on Social and Emotional Learning

When: Wednesdays – October 28, January 27, February 24 (attend one, two or all)   Time: 7:00-9:00PM                                                                                                         Where: Burnaby Central Secondary School

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

What is Social Emotional Learning and what does it look like in SD41?              ~ Presented by Peter Dubinsky                                                                                     This session will explore what SEL actually is, the 5 pillars of SEL, and some research on the effectiveness of SEL in schools. We will also examine what it looks like in Burnaby and what schools are doing to in regards to SEL implementation in the classroom and SEL data collection to ensure that what we are doing is making a difference.

Wednesday, January 27, 2015                                                                            Social Emotional Learning and School Connectedness                                         ~ Presented by Bev Ogilvie                                                                                      This session addresses how one school in Burnaby focused on building connectedness through purposeful and intentional involvement of parents, staff, children and community members.  A short 12 min video will be shown which highlights their journey.

Wednesday, February 24, 2015                                                                            Taking SEL Home                                                                                                          ~ Presented by Suzanne Vardy                                                                                 What do you already do, and what can you add, to develop and encourage social emotional skills with your children at home? This session will help make explicit what you are already doing at home to support and refine your child(ren)’s SEL skills. We will also discuss other ways to build on what you already do. Parental resources, such as websites and blogs, will also be shared.

For more details, visit: http://www.burnabydpac.com/calendar/