Social-Emotional Learning

Social-emotional teaching is an important part of what we do at the elementary level. In fact, "Students' Social and Emotional Wellbeing" is one of ESD's pillars of success. Students receive lessons using the Second Step curriculum and supplemental lessons intentionally designed to meet the needs of our students. In this time of change and uncertainty, these skills are more important than ever. We hope that some of these resources can help you and your children thrive together. Please reach out to any of us if you'd like to talk through the unique needs of your student or family.

What is Social Emotional Learning?

Social-emotional learning (or SEL) is sometimes called emotional intelligence or people skills. SEL helps people build their empathy and relationship skills and manage big emotions.

Having strong social-emotional skills help kids and their grown-ups communicate better, manage their conflicts, and solve problems together.

Mind Yeti is a library of research-based guided mindfulness sessions that help kids and their adults calm their minds, focus their attention and connect to the world around them.

The Imagine Neighborhood logo

The Imagine Neighborhood is a podcast designed to help children and their grown ups grow their social-emotional skills. It is based on the Second Step curriculum, which we teach to all of our students 4K-5th grade. In the Imagine Neighborhood, stories, music, and activities to help kids and their grown-ups develop these skills. And grown-ups receive extra tools, like activities and conversation starters, that match the topic of each show’s story.